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SEVEN LIVES MANY FACES is Enigma's seventh album. This album expands the sound catalogue of previous releases and it is expected to lead to a new Omni-Cultural wave. The lead single "Seven Lives" is a powerful fusion of modern and classical elements. Enigma is an Electronic musical project founded by Michael Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson in 1990. Cretu is both the composer and the producer; his former wife Sandra often provided vocals on Enigma tracks. Jens Gad co-produced and played guitar on three of The Enigma albums.
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I consider myself a big Enigma fan. I have bought my first album "MCMXC ad," way back in late 1990, or early 1991, when I first heard the single, "Sadeness" on the radio and watched the video to it. I was completely mesmerized by the music. Then again, I was in my early twenties and going to college. The journey of listening to everything Cretu put out wasn't easy for me, through the years. Every time I would buy an Enigma album, I was disappointed with half the songs, that is until their fourth, "The Screen Behind the Mirror." There does come a time when I do like every song strung along these collections. I have to keep listening to them so they grow on me. That was not so with "Seven Lives Many Faces." I liked every song immediately!
I understand that there are going to be no more Enigma projects. This is unfortunate, because Cretu, I feel, was going in the right direction. It is like he found his niche. Like all other music that comes from Enigma, this album emphasizes a deep, instinctive spirituality and gives vibes of total acceptance of everyone. Like most of Cretu's other works, these songs do suggest living a lust filled life coupled with a hint of being carefree.....
If anyone wants Enigma at their most accessible, this would be it....
There's the familiar musical and vocal introductory track and some songs have non-english-singing vocalists, like many previous Enigma albums. The Same Parents, La Puerta Del Cielo, and We Are Nature have an earthy, emotive and 'typical' Enigma feel to them.
Seven Lives Many Faces is more subdued, less punchy than Cretu's previous offerings, yet with repeated listening it'll grow on you. The additional tracks are well-worth downloading.
Michael Cretu is the true alchemist of music. He takes part of each musical genre and melds them into wonderfully unique sounds. Some of his songs are instrumental but they have no need of lyrics for they tell their own story. Others mix pop, rock and classical, such as 'Seven Lives'.
I had the first CD of 'Seven Lives, Many Faces' but when I saw the availability of the second one in this 2 CD set, I ordered it even though I would have 2 of the same CD.
From the sweet lyrics of 'The Same Parents' to the sultry sounds of 'Superficial', there is a song for everyone in this set. 'We are Nature' is fast becoming a favorite. Each time I listen, I can find yet another layer of music, a new sound or a note I hadn't heard before. This music has a way of seeping into every part of your brain, making you forget the stresses of the day.
It's electronic, dance, ambient, rock and classical. Cretu can weave the sounds of music in such a way that it seems like you're hearing it for the first time, everytime.
2 CD's come in an attractive case with an insert complete with lyrics to the songs, though not translated in English.
'Encounters' (starts out like all 'Enigma' CD's but always with a twist.)
'The Same Parents'
'La Puerto del Cielo'
'Je t'aime Till My Dying Day'
'The Language of Sounds'
'We are nature'
'The Language of Sounds(slow edit)'
I had bought it for a gift and ended up ripping it and gave it a few more listens. The single started to grow on me and the rest of the music was more in line to what enigma had done before. The single Seven Lives started to grow on me and I actually really like it now. It's defintely very different but has some connections to how he usually sounds.
I wouldn't have minded hearing a version with a girl singing. Not every song is a gem, but none of the songs are bad, and all offer something unique. I guess it's good he tried something different. It really was jarring at first to expect one thing and get another. The beatbox thing sounded cheesy at first, but it kinda grew on me and flowed with the song.
Overall, keep in mind that the main single is the most different thing on the album. The other songs are pretty in line with how Enigma usually sounds. With that being said I can see the mixed reviews, but if you really go in with an open mind, you'll be surprised.
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