This Oakenfold mix album certainly hasn’t been criticized for its breadth, as it features Dead Can Dance, Led Zeppelin and even songs from the Blade Runner soundtrack. Another World is a progressive journey throughout a variety of genres; at times eerie, sometimes energetic, but always featuring rich layers and attractive melodies.
But as a result of all of this variety, Another World (2000) feels at times disjointed, with the predictability of some of the “regular” trance tracks tempting us to hit skip to get back to something interesting. And the somewhat cheesy voice-overs don’t help build the atmosphere.
Each of the two discs finishes strongly, however, so you are rewarded for sticking with it should you experience any misgivings midway through. And as with many trance albums, repeated listens unlock new elements you didn’t notice before and increase your overall enjoyment once the melodies start to imprint themselves in your mind. The album isn’t “catchy” in the traditional sense, but it will certainly have you nodding your head and feeling something deep.
All in all, Another World is a tricky album to place in context. It’s either an ambitious offering that stretches trance in a brand new direction, or merely an attempt to pander to the less “sophisticated” listening palate of Americans. And it honestly could be either one, but it still makes for pretty entertaining listening.
Standout tracks for us included Piledriver Song to the Siren, No Way Out, Northsky and the Quivver version of Zeppelin’s Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You. (Bonus points definitely awarded for pulling that off to any degree.)
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1. The Host Of The Seraphim – Dead Can Dance
2. Majestic – Tone Depth
3. Take Me Away (Circulation Mix) – Chilled Eskimos
4. Baby I’m Gonna Leave You (The Quiver Mix) – Led Zeppelin
5. Ubik (Dance Mix) – Timo Maas
6. Into Deep – LSG
7. Max Graham – Airtight
8. Bullet In A Gun (Rabbit In The Moon Mix) – Planet Perfecto
9. Darker – Braccancio & Aisher
10. Sanvean – Dead Can Dance
11. No Way Out (Highland Mix) – Highland
12. Max Graham – Bar None
13. Vangelis – Tears in the Rain
14. Amoebassassin – Piledrvier
1. Music – Tatoin
2. Eugina 2000 (Progressive Summer Mix) – Salt Tank
3. Song To The Siren – Sabel
4. Back & Front – Skope
5. Flesh (Tilt Mix) – Jan Johnston
6. Rachel’s Song – Vangelis
7. Sacrifice – Lisa Gerrard
8. Animal – Lost It. Com
9. Northsky – Blackwatch
10. The Silence 2000 (DJ Tiesto Remix) – Delerium