Release Date: May 6, 2008
Overall Impression: I can definitely say I enjoyed this album overall. It is an album I can listen to multiple times without getting bored Listening to ASOT, I can say that I don’t get to hear a lot of songs actually produced by Armin. This album shows that he is a great producer as well. Lots of vocal trance on this album with some great singers.
Track Impressions (Click links for full song video):
1. Imagine - Great intro track. The song starts with what seems like a piano riff and eventually get’s into the roots of progressive trance. The break into the fast paced part of the song is well done. The main recurring bass line also makes the song enjoyable.
2. Going Wrong (feat. Chris Jones) - My favorite song on the album! Listened to this song multiple times while I was listening to the album. Again, the breaks into progressive trance is well done by Armin. Coupled with the voice of Chris Jones, it is easily my top ten trance songs of all time. Still confused if Roger Shah or Armin produced this track. Oh yea, the music video is great too! (Click song title to open Youtube video)
3. Unforgivable (feat. Jaren) - This song was mediocre. Jaren’s voice is great, but the overall theme of the song didn’t really want to make me listen to it again. I’m not a fan of breakup songs in trance, I guess that has something to do with it also.
4. Face to Face – This song starts off as if your in space and slowly picks up (well, its progressive trance after all). The break is also well done in this song. It’s a pattern here. Armin’s breaks are fucking awesome. The main is pleasing to the ears. The song is just longer than it should have been. It eventually get’s boring after the 5th minute or so.
5. Hold on to Me (feat. Audrey Gallagher) - This is my second favorite song of the album. The progressive beat kicks in right from the get go. Audrey Gallagher’s voice is great. In addition, the fades used on her voice really propel the dream state this song puts you in. Love it!
6. In and Out of Love (feat. Sharon Den Adel) – This is the most popular song on the album, but my fourth favorite song. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great song but I don’t think its what makes the album. Sharon Den Adel has the best vocals on the album on this album. Armin does a perfect job to slow the beat down on the sad parts of the song and picking the beat up again when the redemption song of the part comes in.
7. Never Say Never (feat. Jacqueline Govaert) – Not a big fan of this song. I’d say its my least favorite song on the album. I found Armin’s beats a little generic in this one. Not a lot of creativity.
8. Rain (feat. Cathy Burton) – The song starts off with a positive creative beat. Eventually calms down a little when the vocals pop in. Cathy Burton has a great voice. I don’t have a real impression on this song. I don’t like it, yet I don’t hate it either. It’s one of the songs I have to give a little more listen to. Armin did a great job on the beats side of this song. Complex yet smooth.
9. What If (feat. Vera Ostrova) – Song starts off in a very mellow state. Beat gets more complex at the one minute mark with again, a smooth transition into the break. The song has a very “spacey” sound, something out of this world. I didn’t like when some of the low’s kicked in though. The same low beats would’ve sounded better if they were mid’s in my opinion. I didn’t like Vera Ostrova’s vocals in this song either…it was hard to understand her. I don’t think her voice was too great either.
10. Fine Without You (feat. Jennifer Rene) - Another one of those “breakup” type songs from the album. If it wasn’t for the great beat, I would have skipped over it. The song starts off a little slow yet eventually picks up. Armin uses various different small beats in this, again complex yet smooth. Jennifer Rene has a great voice.
11. Intricacy - Man! What a great way to end this album. This song is amazing! My second favorite production on the whole album. The break at 0:32 is genius! Than the one at 0:58 and the one at 1:24 (my favorite). This track is pure energy…no energy drinks needed. Pop this in your headphones and it’ll keep you going. Like I said, I couldn’t imagine a better ending to an album than this song.