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Seven Lives, Many Faces

Artist: Enigma
Type: Album
Release date: 2008
Run time: 63:02
My Rating: 7

Disc 1 (47:31:)

  1. Encounters (3:12)
  2. Seven Lives (4:25)
  3. Touchness (3:35)
  4. The Same Parents (5:19)
  5. Fata Morgana (3:23)
  6. Hell's Heaven (3:51)
  7. La Puerta Del Cielo (3:28)
  8. Distorted Love (4:11)
  9. Ja T'aime Till My Dying Day (4:18)
  10. Déjà Vu (2:56)
  11. Between Generations (4:31)
  12. The Language Of Sound (4:22)

Disc 2 (15:31:)

  1. Superficial (2:58)
  2. We Are Nature (3:51)
  3. Downtown Silence (2:08)
  4. Sunrise (2:38)
  5. The Language Of Sound (Slow Edit) (3:56)


One thing no one's going to be able to accuse Enigma of is recycling the same album over and over. It's hard enough to reconcile the sound of Seven Lives, Many Faces with A Posteriori, let along MXMXC A.d. The nearest track to the traditional Enigma sound is "La Pueta Del Cielo", and even that is miles from anything on his previous albums. With this album Mike Cretu continues to explore the musical niche he's carved for himself, whether it's combining strings and beat-box on "Seven Lives", or the almost Stone Age-esque "The Same Parents", or the more experimental "Hell's Heaven". Or the orchestral "Déjà Vu", which samples some of Enigma's early albums. The final track, "The Language of Sound" sounds almost like something Moby would have produced.

In all, a good album, but one which I suspect fans will not well remember due to some of the aforementioned experimentation. Enigma's come a long way, and there's no turning back.

The limited edition version of this album contains a 15 minute bonus disk of brief tracks riffing off the main album. It's quite groovy in its own right, though not as good as the main album.

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