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Enigma|The Screen Behind The Mirror

The Screen Behind The Mirror

Enigma

  • Released on 1999-01-01 by Virgin
  • Main artist: Enigma
  • Genre: Pop
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Enigma's fourth album The Screen Behind the Mirror continues Michael Cretu's explorations into ambient new age, Gregorian chant, world music, and dance rhythms. Cretu's vocals play a more prominent role than on earlier Enigma albums, which, unfortunately, often detracts from the songs' other diverse elements -- which include church bells, Middle Eastern and European choirs, sensuous female vocals, and a wide array of ethnic percussion and instruments. The album's pieces are mixed together continuously and are united thematically by samples and reinterpretations of Orff's "O Fortuna" and other material from Carmina Burana, giving songs like "Endless Quest," "The Gate," and "Smell of Desire" a flowing, cohesive feel. Though it doesn't reveal significant growth or change in Enigma's work, The Screen Behind the Mirror will please fans of the group's other atmospheric works.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
The Gate
00:02:04

Jens Gad, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Composer, Author, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

2
Push The Limits (Album Version)
00:06:27

Jens Gad, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Producer, Engineer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andru Donalds, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

3
Gravity Of Love
00:03:59

Carl Orff, ComposerLyricist - Jens Gad, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ruth-Ann Boyle, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

4
Smell Of Desire
00:04:57

David Fairstein, Author - Jens Gad, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

5
Modern Crusaders
00:03:51

Carl Orff, ComposerLyricist - Jens Gad, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

6
Traces (Light And Weight)
00:04:12

Jens Gad, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

7
The Screen Behind The Mirror
00:03:59

Jens Gad, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

8
Endless Quest
00:03:06

Jens Gad, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

9
Camera Obscura
00:01:28

Jens Gad, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Composer, Author, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

10
Between Mind & Heart
00:04:10

Jens Gad, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Composer, Author, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

11
Silence Must Be Heard
00:05:19

Jens Gad, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Performer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Cretu, Producer, Engineer, Performer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andru Donalds, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Enigma, MainArtist - Sandra Cretu, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Elisabeth Houghton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ruth-Ann Boyle, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1999 Polydor/Island, a division of Universal Music GmbH ℗ 1999 Michael Cretu

Album Description

Enigma's fourth album The Screen Behind the Mirror continues Michael Cretu's explorations into ambient new age, Gregorian chant, world music, and dance rhythms. Cretu's vocals play a more prominent role than on earlier Enigma albums, which, unfortunately, often detracts from the songs' other diverse elements -- which include church bells, Middle Eastern and European choirs, sensuous female vocals, and a wide array of ethnic percussion and instruments. The album's pieces are mixed together continuously and are united thematically by samples and reinterpretations of Orff's "O Fortuna" and other material from Carmina Burana, giving songs like "Endless Quest," "The Gate," and "Smell of Desire" a flowing, cohesive feel. Though it doesn't reveal significant growth or change in Enigma's work, The Screen Behind the Mirror will please fans of the group's other atmospheric works.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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