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Evolution

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Evolution¸ Paul van Dyk's sixth artist album, is to be released March 20, 2012. A document of where the acclaimed producer is with his own musical evolution after an impressive twenty year career, the record features numerous collaborations including vocalists like Plumb and Adam Young of Owl City and up-and-coming international DJs and producers like Arty and Giuseppe Ottaviani. The album will be released both as a digipak CD and in a rich 180 gram double LP version both of which feature sumptuous artwork that takes the evolution concept one step further focusing on a future Earth where nature and technology collide in unexpected ways.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vandit Records
  • ASIN: B0074LJ3LU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Overall It sounds like PVD was aiming to please modern dance lovers. It is not as good as his previous work. If you grew up on the old PVD - For an Angel, Tell me why, the whole Politics of dancing, Another way, Avenue, his many great remixes, you'll probably be appalled by this CD. At times it feels like nothing more than happy feel good modern american-style EDM trash. Not nearly as deep as his older music an not a hint of goa like was in his very early stuff.

I say that honestly too, it's got a couple of nice tunes, but that's hardly a redeeming feature when his old works were so good because they were like a woven tapestry with fine detail. Believe me, if you liked all the things about PVD that made him so interesting, his intricate melodies, interesting drum sounds and fx, you'll hate this, probably.

EDIT - Okay so some time has gone on. While I don't need to change my opinion on the quality of this work vs the quality of his older work I should say that as a stand alone this is on the better side of the new EDM sound. Still, not what I hoped for from PVD. We could really do with his unique and brilliant style today to shake things up a little. Far too much homogeneity in dance music now.
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Trance music and the EDM scene has evolved, so it's hard to expect artists to be able to stay the same after so long. I must admit, I was disappointed by Paul van Dyk's last release (In Between), but I can say this album brings back a lot of elements that make PVD a unique force in the EDM scene.

Standout tracks are The Ocean and Verano; though the PVD Full Fire remix of Verano is much better in my opinion (that remix is not on this album).

I absolutely love Rock This, its a great upbeat track. Lost in Berlin is a memorable track and the closing track Heart Stops Beating is really nicely done. One more thing, PVD's collaboration with Giusseppe Ottaviani for A Wonderful Day is probably the track that I think closest brings back memories of Paul Van Dyk and the EDM scene from early 2000s.

I would recommend this CD, it is a brand new PVD album with the classic PVD still shining throughout the album.
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In this latest album, PVD has proved that he is one of the few artists that has been able to evolve and contribute to the ever changing sounds of what we broadly term as "electronic music". "Evolution" cannot be classed as any sub-genre... he has put a fantastic progressive spin on many sub-genre's including house, trance and drum & bass. He has breathed a breath of new life into all of these long established styles.

Rarely can you find an artist album that from start to finish is a pleasure to listen to - every song holds up on its own and brings a uniqueness and originality by itself. Really good choice of collaborations and fantastic vocals - especially from the girls!

Congratulations Paul! Can't wait to hear all the remixes that are surely on their way!
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This is the best Paul Van Dyk album since 7 Ways. In fact, for me, it is my favorite album by Paul.

Paul van Dyk clearly has matured quite a bit since the early days. His style is still there but much more sophisticated. This album is melodic, sophisticated, and very classy. The vocals are fantastic. Paul is simply the best in the business.
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One of the best Albums I heard in awhile. PVD brings back a lot of that sound that made me an immediate fan since day one back in the 90's, way before America even had a thought of what Electronica is or EDM as they refer to it now. Paul is was and always will be my favorite Dj of all time,if you haven't seen him live then you haven't lived his music yet and got to see what this man is capable of. This DJ is one that has paved the way for a lot of Djs in the scene now and is still much better than most of the poppy wanna be Dj crap that fills the circuits this day in age. Paul will never be over rated and given the respect he deserves with his longevity and consistancy to stay true to his original sound. and style unlike some dissapointing Djs out there who shall remain nameless but starts with a T and ends with IESTO!
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I have listened to this album a few times and was waiting for it to pop out at me like some of the other Paul Van Dyk's albums. I really like a few of the songs on this one, but as to the rest, they are OK. I know peoples taste in music is different, so if you are a fan of Paul Van Dyk then please check this album out.
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I have always been a Paul Van Dyk fan. I have been listening to this audio selection for more than a week. I love the varying rhythm and beats especially the first song Symmetries.

The reason for getting the Audio CD is for the quality of audio encoding, as compared to MP3 compression. And with technology advancement comes better compression methods, it is good to have this as audio CD and then selecting the desired compression method wanted.
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there's a reason he called it evolution... he's slowly making the switch from trance to the blurring lines of trance/house=trouse sounds... while not as good as imo as "in between" it's an above avg album... there are still some trance tracks(dae yor stands out) and a mix of both(verano), pvd is still a god in the edm scene, been a fan for over a decade, and seen him live at least once a year everytime he comes to nyc... don't sleep on pvd yet, he's still banging it out.
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