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Paul Van Dyk 10/7/2003

Review

Paul Van Dyk is one of the few trance DJs with a sure touch in the producer's chair as well as the DJ booth. Reflections, Van Dyk's first album of new productions in three years, illustrates that his long years of Smiths/New Order fandom left him with a good sense for a sublime hook. While not a pop album by any means, Van Dyk did write songs for Reflections, and collaborated with several artists, all of them obscure and strictly to type (Vega 4 equals Dirty Vegas, Jan Johnston equals Sarah Cracknell). "Like a Friend" is a standout: a sublime melody and an unencumbered backing track prove the perfect setup for Johnston's sincere platitudes about friendship ("Be aware of the world/And be true to your conscience"). Most of the songs here are detached in their attempts at euphoria, always with a strong melody linked to a percussion line that sits back and waits for several minutes to elapse before fading away. [In 2004 Mute released a special edition featuring a bonus disc of eight remixes.] ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Crush Paul Van Dyk 7:45
  3. 2 Time of Our Lives Paul Van Dyk 4:23
  4. 3 Like a Friend Paul Van Dyk 3:54
  5. 4 Reflections Paul Van Dyk 7:28
  6. 5 Nothing But You Paul Van Dyk 6:58
  7. 6 Buenaventura Paul Van Dyk 8:29
  8. 7 Homage Paul Van Dyk 3:44
  9. 8 Never Forget Paul Van Dyk 5:27
  10. 9 Knowledge Paul Van Dyk 4:4
  11. 10 That's Life Paul Van Dyk 4:6
  12. 11 Connected Paul Van Dyk 7:12
  13. 12 Spellbound Paul Van Dyk 4:43
  14. 13 Kaleidoscope Paul Van Dyk 4:49

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