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Be sure to get the 2 disc limited for a complete electronica set.
on November 27, 2006
Amazon shows the picture of the 2 disc set, with the two sets of tracklistings on the back, but doesn't list it as the limited edition, or say it's 2 discs, so the initial release which came with the bonus disc may have sold through. I would make sure you seek out the limited with the second disc, or you are missing out on a full repoertoire of Trentemøller tracks.
The first disc is "The Album" and contains mostly tracks that stray from what we are used to from Trentemøller: mindwarping minimal. I'd say there are 3 that fans will warm up to right away, Nightwalker, Chameleon, and Into the Trees (Serenetti Part 3), as these closely resemble the minimal vibes from his previous work. Into the Trees continuing the variant melody of what was Serenetti and Serenetti Part 2. What we do find here is a solid blend of abstract and ambient minimal, expertly crafted into smooth scapes of electronica, that really requires the listener to pay attention. It certainly takes more than one listen, as upon my first play of the album, I was a little less than impressed, but quickly hooked by the 2nd time around. There is a lot more emotion and beauty in these tracks, which isn't necessarily found in the casual listens you could escape with in his other work. His tech house monster riffs required no part on the listener's mind, to fully engulf that body shaking sound, however you have to forget all that and finely tune your senses to this album.
Of course, this can all be chucked out the window with the second disc, as it's back to the churning tech house and minimal which made us all flock to Trentemøller in the first place. It contains nearly all of his previous singles released on the Audiomatique and Poker Flat labels. Sadly, one of my favorites was left off, Minimal Fox. Still, this 11 track disc, amazingly doubles as a 'best of' and a back catalogue, as nearly all his tracks end up becoming high end representations of the genre. Add on two excellent vocal versions of two album tracks, and you have a perfect bonus disc from start to finish.
The album itself is near perfect, except for the one track that annoyed me when it was first released, and much to my dismay, ended up on the album in the number 2 spot. It's called Vamp and was initially released on his Nam Nam E.P. along with Nam Nam and Killer Kat (both found on the second disc). It is a bass guitar chugging track that in my mind, goes nowhere. Barring that, from the epic first track which seems to just hit it's peak near the 7 minute mark, to the lullaby dreamscape of his final track, Miss You, it's apparent that we've just listened to a monumental electronic album by a Danish master of melodies. His new downtempo and ambient works require a little more warming up to, but once you're there, it's a blanket of music you just can't take off.