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Max Graham has toured the world many times over since 'Airtight' broke him onto the scene in 2001. During his no stop schedule his sound changed and diversified. He played some techno, made some electro ('Crank' was a Beatport number one) and even had some fun with an 80's remake of 'Owner of a Lonely Heart'. However, as hearts do, he returned full circle to his first love - the melody and emotion of trance and progressive. Back in 2004, he teamed up with the amazing Jessica Riddle for his underground hit 'Gone' which struck a chord with trance fans due to the captivating violins and haunting vocals. During the same period he also produced the classic 'Does She Know Yet' which Armin himself made a mainstay in his sets. Due to a heavy touring schedule, moving cities and his passion for touring and playing live, Max had yet to create an artist album. Until now.
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True to his prog-house/trance style, Max Graham comes on strong by achieving what is in my opinion and yet, the best solo album I've heard this year.
Undeniable genius producer since the early 2000's, the Canadian enjoys an international whole-hearted reputation but stays in the shade of the great names in the world of trance and progressive. It's a shame because listening to this album, I think that some of these big names who now believe they have nothing more to prove should get wind of it !
Composed of twelve tracks, all more confusing than others, Max brilliantly and appropriately sails in the intricacies of his electronic music, which really shakes him for the delight of his fans and Armada Music who signs here a true musical marvel.
Designed as a Best Of, this album oscillates from energetic and devastating beats and down tempo melancholic sounds as evidenced by the first two tracks, "Carbine" and "Don't Leave Yet".
The following three tracks, "Downforce", "Dusky 2010" and "Out Of The Fire" are real models of progressive tracks like few can have pride in being able to realize. The stirring rhythmics perfectly combine with the transcendent melodies for a simply majestic result.
After this great moment of ecstasy, Max downs the pressure with a pure jewel of chill out, "The Darkest Of Nights", which plunges us for over eight minutes in an absolute sense of relaxation, from which we won't be out till the main title of the Canadian, "Nothing Else Matters" with Ana Criado!!!
This vocal-trance track has an outsized emotional power and a beauty without equal, maybe even the best of the year in this register!
As it's said, the most beautiful things are always the most difficult to express so I let you listen to it by yourself and preferably with headphones, it's even better :)
Just dropped down from our cloud, Max Graham continues with a remix of his "I Know You're Gone", released in 2005 on ShineMusic by the very talented Whelan & Discala. This vocal-trance track where Jessica Riddle's voice enchants us had been very successful at this time and imposed Max Graham as one of the future great names of the genre.
For the second time, the Canadian makes a break in his album with the next track, "Why This Is Goodbye" still with Jessica Riddle where the artist, this time, gives way to the piano for a wonderful result.
The next track, "Ceviche" feat. Jo Tabasco is a model of down tempo where percussions provides mystical relief and another meaning to the values and to the musical roots of the artist.
He will confirm that with "Sun In The Winter" feat. Neev Kennedy, released in 2010 on Coldharbour Recordings, which also enters among the very best vocal-trance achievements of the year. The voice of the Irish is so hugely touching, it's difficult to express and I believe that even without being a real fan of vocal-trance, we can only bow to the masterpiece!!! Cheers Mr Graham!
To conclude this little marvel, the Canadian calls Kilowatts to realize "Gone Before It Starts", another down tempo track which will brilliantly close this first solo album.
Ultimately, I would simply tell you to listen to this album very carefully and enjoy every single minute that will flow into your ears, you will be charmed!