MUTE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 11, 2003 REVIEW: MARCH 24, 2003
been having a bit of a soft spot for Paul van Dyk’s soft trance
techno since I heard his album ”Out There and Back” some years
ago. His music is pretty straightforward and catchy, and mainstream, but
there’s nothing inherently wrong with that in his case, I think.
Good music is still good music.
Anyway, this is a kind of retrospective of Paul’s career, and features
13 tracks from different albums. Hearing all the tracks together like
this gives the impression that this guy might do well in trying to vary
himself more. At least he should try to find at least more than one sound
for the bass drum, as it soon gets very repetitive. All the songs are
mixed together into a continuous mix, and this makes this problem very
also comes with a DVD, which in essence contains the same thing as the
CD, but with accompanying images from Paul van Dyk’s live performances
and trips throughout the world. It’s quite funny to see the hysterical
Japanese fans talk about Paul like he’s a god, and also interesting
to see the massive "Love Parade" in Germany where thousands
and thousands dance away dressed in, umm, colourful outfits.
is a good summary of Paul’s nice electronics and a good introduction.
There might be many Release readers who enjoy synthpop, futurepop and
electro but haven't yet discovered van Dyk and perhaps they will enjoy
him. Anyway, you should get hold of it if you want some good melodic trance
to shake your booty to. I think this is better than many of the other
trance acts from Holland, and Paul seems to think about song structures
and melody more then most.