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CD Feature/ Ferry Corsten: "Twice in a Blue Moon"

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With the economy taking on more and more water, the end of the superstar DJ era increasingly seems to be over – even before the Wall Street oligarchy that got us in this mess literally stopped the gears of international finance, the Digweeds and Oakenfolds of the world were beginning to come out from behind their self-sewn drapes of secrecy, granting interviews beyond the realm of DJ Mag as they recognized that their craft, like cigarettes, was becoming more saleable in remote emerging markets of the world and less so in non-giant-metropolises like Baltimore and Green Bay.

Dutch DJ Corsten is another open book, musically cut from the same cloth as Armin van Buuren and Tiesto, offering trance and Euro-house on a symphonic, galactic scale. This third “artist” album (meaning all-original material) is reliant on the more docile approach offered by nu-trance gods Above & Beyond – there is some subtlety to it, I swear. It’s gorgeous and triumphant, yes, but Corsten doesn’t try to drown you in the power of big loud techno the way van Buuren does, preferring instead to flirt sneakily with IDM (“Shelter Me” features squeaky noise playing quite well with hauntingly pretty synth), Eiffel 65 vocoder (“We Belong”) and Sade-style singers (the inappropriately titled “Made of Love”).

An irresistibly great one, yes, even if it is – though let’s hope not – part of the musical entity fiddling dutifully away on the deck of our Titanic.

By Eric Saeger

Homepage: Ferry Corsten
Homepage: Ultra Records

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