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"Le Roi Est Mort Vive Le Roi!"
© Virgin Records
Year of Release: 1996
Le Roi Est Mort
Vive Le Roi
Morphing Thru Time
Third Of Its Kind
Beyond The Invisible
Shadows In Silence
The Child In Us
T.N.T. For The Brain
Almost Full Moon
Prism Of Life
Odyssey Of The Mind
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"Le Roi Est Mort Vive Le Roi!"
Enigma's third album of the career, Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! (meaning "The King Is Dead, Long Live The King!") marks the German musical
project debut here on WSVNRadio. Enigma's music is soothing, calm, productive. New Age Jazz. Their debut album was a huge hit (MCMXC a.D.)
Founded in 1990 by Romanian-German musician Michael Cretu, Enigma's debut album was a success, you would want to listen to more. Enigma current has
eight studio albums (1990-2016). In fact, two of their albums reached #1 on the Billboard New Age Jazz Albums chart. Those two were their most recent
two albums released: Seven Lives Many Faces (2008), and The Fall Of A Rebel Angel (2016).
The title track is more of an intro, being less than two minutes. "Morphing Thru Time" and the short "Third Of Its Kind" are all great
lead-in songs, as they all blend well together as one. "Beyond The Invisible" was one of the singles from this album, as it features vocalist
and wife of Michael Cretu, Sandra. This song is magical, it could even be sung by Adele. It blends at the end with the next track, "Why!..."
as it is more upbeat. Sandra Cretu provides the vocals here as well. There is a mystery-style on "Shadows In Silence," as the keyboards
stands out. Again, magical.
"The Child In Us" is another upbeat track; it's a mood setter. Ambient. Magical. "T.N.T. For The Brain" was another single from
the album. Another mood setter, and Peter Gabriel'ish, as it blends with the next track, "Another Full Moon." "The Roundabout," for some
reason, was scrapped at the last minute, but a remix had already been created by German-Turkish DJ/Music Producer Orhan Terzi, better known as the
stage name DJ Quicksilver. This track definitely sounds like an upbeat remix.
More of the smooth Ambient sounds returns on "Prism Of Life," another magical track, and blends in with the ending track, "Oddysey Of The
Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! was nominated for a Grammy as Best New Age Album, 1998. The album art design earned the creator, Johann
Zambryski, a nomination for Best Recording Package. The packaging was in two forms: One with standard paper artwork, the other with a translucent tray
and booklet artwork printed on heavier plastic. This album continued on from Engima's previous two albums, combining the elements of the two albums, and
on the third, giving it a slightly more modern, futuristic sound. The album's reception was not as receptive as the previous albums. One summary stated
the album as "another synthesizer-heavy mix of Gregorian chants, moody atmospherics, lyrics rifle with existenital platitudes, and well-trodden '90s
dance rhythms." On the other hand, listening to this album over 20 years later, I'm sure it would reflect differently. This album is magical.
It sounds heavenly. Ambient Music/New Age couldn't be any finer. Enigma's music is magical. And every album of theirs has its own chemistry.
Compared to today's music and popularity, Enigma is a breath of fresh air. Speaking of Gregorian, there is a band from Germany (just as Enigma), that
covers well-known Pop songs, in Gregorian style. This is another source of music that is just refreshing -- Gregorian Music. (Have to admit, there is
a lot of great talent and music from Germany.)
For those relaxing moments, Enigma is the right source. For calming and soothing atmospheres, this album would be perfect, just as any of their
albums. Other artists that come to mind with Enigma, are Enya, the New Age of Rick Wakeman. New Age Music in general. Relax with the soothing sounds
of Enigma, and you can't go wrong. This is magical. This is entertaining. This is Enigma.
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