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Reviews: Era: The Mass

Reviews: 3

Review by emilsjr March 15, 2003 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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If you are a fan of either Enigma or Deep Forest, then this disc is for you. This release is another excellent multi-channel demo. Very agressive but not gimicky, with very nice bass and excellent detail and seperation.

Consisting of 10 tracks as well as a hidden 11th and presenting a nice unified collection of songs, this album presents a unique world. If I have any complaint, it is the "Cher" like quality to some of the tracks, especially "Don't Go Away". However, the highlights are plenty. The opening track "Mass" opens the record with an incredible effective sweeps that fill the room very nicely and shows how multi-channel can work with music. Other noteable tracks include "If You Shout", "Voxifera" and "Enae Volare".

If you like new age music, then this disc is for you.

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Review by Laurent July 4, 2004
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My first SACD. MC is used intensely but with sense. A very good introduction to 5.1 sound.

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Review by donwoolf March 3, 2008 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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This Album is my third SA-CD and belongs to the second position in quality.
If you like Eric Levi's music, you wont'be disapointed because the performance is far above average, there are lots of various, colorfoul tracks on the disc (especially "The Mass", "Avemano", "Sombre Day" or "Enae Volare"). Howewer, the sonics are sometimes noisy. The recording shold be DSD, so maybe the mastering or mixing broke the clearness of the electric effects, and we don't get more than usual in acoustics. On the orther hand, choir and violins sound great. The leading vocal ("Don't Go Away", etc.) is beautyful but a bit sterile and missing the smoothness somehow. Finally, I recommend this album, because the music is still as excellent and unique as all the others from ERA.

Don't forget to listen to the final bonus track (last 3 minutes of Champions) which is a less pop version of "If You Shout Loud Enough"

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