Enigma – Screen Behind The Mirror

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Album Review by Nigel A. Messenger

This is the third album from Enigma, and once again has the unmistakable sound that made the first two so different.

This time though Michael Cretu moves even closer to the sound of Sandra’s later albums, which he also wrote and produced.

This is not a bad thing. For those of you who don’t know, “Sandra” was as big as Madonna in just about every country in the world except for some reason the US and the UK. Her music was excellent and I still play Sandra’s albums today. Michael Cretu eventually married her and she also sung on some of the tracks on the first Enigma albums.

As I said this album borrows heavily from her later more sophisticated music and mixes this with the background theme of Carmina Burana. This replaces the “monks in a monastery” theme of the previous Enigma albums, and a countdown sequence at the beginning gives a modern up to date space age feel to the Enigma of 2000.

For me the closer the sound gets to that of Sandra the better. The vocals are good but if Sandra were doing them that would be the cream.

Let’s hope we don’t have to wait so long for the next album.

5 stars