Armin van Buuren - EMBRACE [Armada] [2015]

    • Currently listening to some Embrace tracks to judge: :sun:


      Armin van Buuren feat. Angel Taylor - Make It Right - Wow Armin, you suddenly also make my kinda modern Anjunabeatish tracks, this beats Hands Of Heaven from number one favorite vocal of the album so far, really like this a lot! Expected some cheesy Hardwell stuff but thankfully this is on my street. :thumbsup: 9/10
      Armin van Buuren feat. Sarah Decourcy - Face Of Summer - Also a suprise, a Balaeric guitar! This time maybe some of here like this too. :playboy: EDIT: Maybe minus vocal :P 8/10
      Armin van Buuren feat. Kensington - Heading Up High - Bit lesser then previous two, but a good remix in combination with those vocals makes a good banger i guess (with banger not Rayel, Sixma nor W&w please :stop: ) EDIT: Kensington rock part makes this grown on me though. :yes: 7/10
      Armin van Buuren feat. Lyrica Anderson - Gotta Be Love - Dafuq Armin, where the bigroom pitches and farts so far? The beginning sounds like Pryda a bit. Luckely the vocals and 'Beautifull Lifeish' mainpart gives this 'lovetrack' also the right to be cheesy though phew... :P 6/10
      Armin van Buuren feat. BullySongs - Caught In The Slipstream - Eew, these vocals no bueno! :bad: Mainpart seems also to be inspired from Faithless - We Come One a bit. 4/10
      Armin van Buuren feat. BullySongs - Freefall - Sounds like Strong Ones/Every freaking Hardwell tune and again the same freakin vocals! :bad: 1/10
      Armin van Buuren feat. DBX - Indestructible - Also no bueno Hardwell male vocal lovesong. :no: 1/10
      Armin van Buuren - Old Skool - Weird track tbh, its up to some of here if you all like it. I already can say it doesn't anything sound like 'oldskool' Armin at all. 6/10
      Armin van Buuren feat. Gavin DeGraw - Looking For Your Name - Good news! It doesn't sound like Hardwell this time! The bad news: Its a cheesy ballad song, sounds like no Armin is involved in here lol. 0/10





      Conclusion:


      Started good, i hear my kinda melodic style i like and later then for yours some guitarporn :P Then it got downhill everytime when i've go further down below in this album even Oldskool is a bit 'eh', the Gavin Degraw 'collab' is actually just a annoying 2010 era popsongballad by Degraw. 5/10
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      Went through the previews just now...And I think I am gonna skip that album special. I checked out the album specials for Imagine, Mirage and if I remember correctly, I even checked the one for Intense. But this album stands SO far away from what I love in Dance music and actually quite perfectly exemplifies everything I hate about its current (mainstream) form... Sorry Armin & Benno but bar the title track, there is nothing on this album for me to compliment. Now before people start crying that previews don't do tracks justice: in the case of this type of Electronic Pop Music, there is really no justice to be done at all.

      Also, disappointed that Old Skool is a failed attempt at the awesome oldskool Techno/House of the early '90s. The tech lead/melody is cool but all those cliche vocal samples and bigroom horns, fat claps, etc, etc devaluate a possible enjoyable experience. Props for the idea, but again, the execution just isn't up there for me. Was talking to Habino on Twitter just now, he's a cool dude that's into dance music as well. He said this track has remix potential, I agree with him. He named Mark Sherry but I'll nominate WSTLNDR & Sander van Doorn as the best possible remixers for this track based on the KILLER work they did on the remix for Mark Sherry - Vengeance and Oh, Amazing Bass/THIS/Ori Tali Ma/Get Enough respectively :sun:

      In the end it's not like I expected anything different from this album beforehand but I am shocked that in the light of this album, Intense's LSBH, Pulsar, WAO138 & Reprise suddenly feel like a WEALTH of "at least they sound like Armin" tracks whereas back then I thought 4/13 solid tunes among 9/13 shitty ones (okay, okay, Love Never Came was decent) on an Armin album was a joke. I feel this album could have been made by any bigshot DJ Mag Top 10 entry both sound- and perhaps even more so lyrics-wise.

      Dang. It's hard to believe that 6 years ago, Armin was my all-round #1 in the Dance music bizz. And now his music embodies what I hate about that same Dance music bizz...

      -- The Anthem 2003 | Opus 17 | L.E.D. There Be Light | 7 Instead Of 8 --
    • The problem for me about this album is the fact it sounds like every dancehit you hear on radio like Hardwell and Alesso with all those 'live the life YOLO' and 'all about love' vocallyrics. :wacko:

      There are some good ones though i like Hands Of Heaven, Embrace, Make It Right and Heading Up High (if theres a good remix later) ;)
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    • Which is exactly my point:

      Razormane wrote:


      I feel this album could have been made by any bigshot DJ Mag Top 10 entry both sound- and perhaps even more so lyrics-wise.


      Decided to tune in after all, for old times' sake. Will get a review going for the same reason :smoke:

      Should I add a review for the DI adds? :crazy:

      -- The Anthem 2003 | Opus 17 | L.E.D. There Be Light | 7 Instead Of 8 --
    • Rothview time:

      1. Embrace (feat. Eric Vloeimans)
      I'm really starting to like this opening track. After first listen it already knocked out the Bohemian Rhapsody of EDM (Intense). Not saying that this one comes close to Imagine or Mirage, but it is a very cool track. The trumpet and strings complement each other. During the intro I feel like I'm in a smokey jazz café filled with tuxedo's. As said, the second breakdown is really unnecessary and the way it suddenly shifts into big room rounds is very annoying. Third and last breakdown is great with that playful piano part. All in all, a good opener and the most trancy thing that I've heard by Armin for yonks. 8/10

      2. Another You (feat. Mr. Probz)
      If I thought TIWIFL could have been made by Guetta, this one is even more Guetta-like. Heck, the intro reminds me of a Pitbull-song. Vocals get boring very fast and overall production is really poor. Keep looking for another pop track, Armin. 3/10

      3. Strong Ones (feat. Cimo Fränkel)
      "I've been... colin?" :ohmy: Jokes aside, this is much better attempt for a pop song. I'll even say it is a good attempt, but the main melody is too "complicated" for commercial success. I caught myself singing along to it. 7/10

      4. Make It Right (feat. Angel Taylor)
      Intro sounds cool. Not the generic simple kicks, like any random EDM song. Plucks reminds me of Waiting For The Night. When the breakdown starts it's typical EDM-vocals for a WHOLE minute. -_- The melody sounds Anjuna-inspired, but it doesn't annoy me. 5/10

      5. Face Of Summer (feat. Sarah DeCourcy)
      Spanish guitar! :sun: Dem plucks add even more Ibiza-feel. I can approve of this! Production is very alike Prydz. The vocals however are so generic and annoying. I really wonder why they couldn't have made an instrumental out of this. 6/10 (would have been 9/10 if it wasn't for the vocals)

      6. Heading Up High (feat. Kensington)
      After the opening track, we finally get to hear another track that "embraces" other instruments. I'll have to get used to this raw rocky-way of singing in EDM, but it's not bad on 2nd listen. The main part is a typical SHM-melody, guilty pleasure incoming. :music: The rock part before the second chorus is something I can appreciate, as the track distinguishes itself from the others. I can already see this becoming the next single. 6/10

      7. Gotta Be Love (feat. Lyrica Anderson)
      Nope, this is too Calvin Harris for me. The vocalist sounds like a Disney pop star. 2/10

      8. Hands To Heaven (feat. Rock Mafia)
      Already heard it a few times and I think it's a really cool track. The vocals are depressing and moaning but not annoying at all. The production makes it sound like a club banger. It gets me head bopping along. :sun: Out of all tracks, this one sounds the most Benno/R1 to me. (Correct me if I'm wrong, Mane) 7/10

      9. Caught In The Slipstream (feat. BullySongs)
      Yuck, another generic EDM-song. "Caught in the slipstream of your smile"? Dafuq is this a stupid metaphore, or what? 1/10

      10. Embargo (with Cosmic Gate)
      Not as bad as I expected, but just boring and uninspired. Also hear very little Armin in here. It might rock me in the club, but here it's a no-go. 4/10

      11. Freefall (feat. BullySongs)
      If you thought CITS was bad, this one is even worse. :bad: His artist name suddenly makes sense. How can you raep peoples ears like this? I'm ready to freefall, but without ANY gear plz. btw, is this Armin's attempt to make a vocal The Fusion? 0/10

      12. Indestructible (feat. DBX)
      More Calvin Harris clones... KIWF! X( 0/10

      13. Old Skool
      M'kay, when I read Old Skool I thought of millennium kind of oldskool and not Chicago-house oldskool. Pretty fun collection of oldskool samples and a WAHTMSN-vibe. Melody sounds a bit silly, but fun anyway. I get the feeling that this is one those tracks that Armin & Benno had "so much fun" with. And a fun track it is. 6/10

      14. Off The Hook (with Hardwell)
      No on first listen, no on second and NO on third. The first farty breakdown is ridiculous. The second breakdown is the only Armin I can hear, but that turns into Rayel/Sixma very fast. 1/10

      15. Looking For Your Name (feat. Gavin DeGraw)
      Armin saved "the best" for last. Gavin is without a doubt the biggest name on the album and Armin can (and will) be proud that he got to work with him, regardless of Gavin's own style. About the track itself: I'm not fond of solo-piano ballads, but this one is not bad. Especially the strings touch me. I DO wonder what Armin's part in this track is. 6/10

      Final verdict:
      When Armin said he wanted to EMBRACE as many sounds as possible, I expected a very diverse album. In reality, only a few tracks actually embrace non-EDM influences: Embrace, HUH (xD) and LFYN, where the latter is "just" a ballad. The rest is just a bunch of generic EDM-song that could have been made by any popular "DJ". The first half of the album is not that bad. I even enjoyed some of the poppy songs. Mostly due to the decen/good production underneath the vocals. I really had hopes that the album would turn out better than Intense, despite not having brilliant track like LSBH. The second half, however, is terrible. Both vocals and production reach a new low.

      Overall score: 4/10
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    • Rothma wrote:

      Rothview time:
      Final verdict:
      When Armin said he wanted to EMBRACE as many sounds as possible, I expected a very diverse album. In reality, only a few tracks actually embrace non-EDM influences: Embrace, HUH (xD) and LFYN, where the latter is "just" a ballad. The rest is just a bunch of generic EDM-song that could have been made by any popular "DJ". The first half of the album is not that bad. I even enjoyed some of the poppy songs. Mostly due to the decen/good production underneath the vocals. I really had hopes that the album would turn out better than Intense, despite not having brilliant track like LSBH. The second half, however, is terrible. Both vocals and production reach a new low.

      Overall score: 4/10

      Like Blach, great review M^3 and I see that like Blach you are too forgiefing as well as well imo :lol:

      8. Hands To Heaven (feat. Rock Mafia)
      Already heard it a few times and I think it's a really cool track. The vocals are depressing and moaning but not annoying at all. The production makes it sound like a club banger. It gets me head bopping along. :sun: Out of all tracks, this one sounds the most Benno/R1 to me. (Correct me if I'm wrong, Mane) 7/10

      Personally I had that with the production of Gotta Be Love. That lead was typically Benno whereas I found the build-up in this one to be more similar to Cosmic Gate - Yai. The HTH main melody however does have a bit of Benno-ness to it too yes. A Rank 1 Dub Mix of this could be pretty cool. Vocal chops instead of singing ala This Way Remix, energetic bassline ala The Great Escape and that lead 13.11.11-ified... Could really dig that actually!

      -- The Anthem 2003 | Opus 17 | L.E.D. There Be Light | 7 Instead Of 8 --
    • Razormane wrote:

      Rothma wrote:

      Rothview time:
      Final verdict:
      When Armin said he wanted to EMBRACE as many sounds as possible, I expected a very diverse album. In reality, only a few tracks actually embrace non-EDM influences: Embrace, HUH (xD) and LFYN, where the latter is "just" a ballad. The rest is just a bunch of generic EDM-song that could have been made by any popular "DJ". The first half of the album is not that bad. I even enjoyed some of the poppy songs. Mostly due to the decen/good production underneath the vocals. I really had hopes that the album would turn out better than Intense, despite not having brilliant track like LSBH. The second half, however, is terrible. Both vocals and production reach a new low.

      Overall score: 4/10

      Like Blach, great review M^3 and I see that like Blach you are too forgiefing as well as well imo :lol:
      Forgiefing? For which tracks? When good productions (or GREAT in case of Faec Of Summer) come with bad vocals I can still partly enjoy the track.
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