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2000

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The Screen Behind the Mirror
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Studio album by
Released14 January 2000
RecordedA.R.T. Studios, Ibiza, 1999
GenreNew-age, ambient
Length43:25
LabelVirgin
ProducerMichael Cretu
Enigma chronology
Trilogy
(1998)
The Screen Behind the Mirror
(2000)
Love Sensuality Devotion: The Greatest Hits
(2001)
Singles from The Screen Behind the Mirror
  1. "Gravity of Love"
    Released: 15 November 1999
  2. "Push the Limits"
    Released: 17 April 2000

The Screen Behind the Mirror is the fourth studio album by Enigma. Recorded at the A.R.T. Studios in Ibiza, Spain, it was released worldwide by Virgin Records.

Supporters of the album credited it as the most mature album Michael Cretu had created, while critics lamented the use of extensive samples from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Heather Phares of AllMusic gave the album 2 (out of 5) stars stating "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."

Overview

"The Gate" begins the album with its trademark Enigma horn, fused together with Elisabeth Houghton narrating astronomical facts about the fourth planet from the sun, Mars, similar to the ending title track of Vangelis' album, Albedo 0.39. "O Fortuna, velut Luna, statu variabilis" cuts into it rather abruptly and loudly, and ends quickly for the voice to continue the recital unfazed, as it continues deep into the next song, "Push the Limits" for 24 seconds.

"Push the Limits" introduces first a high-paced beat, first some snare drums and then several other layers of music gradually to form a complex and multilayered track. Elisabeth Houghton whispers the lyrics to the song and this brings in a presumably mellow voice (Actually an electric guitar solo modified to sound so) throughout the slow centre of the track, and as the music picks up, Elisabeth whispers again and the soft moans of a girl enters. Further strong beats brings an end to this 6'26" track as it fades to silence, leaving a blurry mumble at the end of the song, and the beginning of the next one.

Chants of "O Fortuna, velut Luna" appears at the start of the next song, "Gravity of Love" as Ruth-Ann Boyle sings with sounds of "O Fortuna" in between. A woman and a man whispers a line each before Ruth-Ann resumes and "O Fortuna" comes in, following the same pattern. The beats of this track becomes more and more audible as each of the instruments fade away, and eventually it stops.

"Smell of Desire" reintroduces the shakuhachi flute from the MCMXC a.D. as Jens Gad plays the guitar occasionally in the middle of the song. Reversed Gregorian chants from "Sadeness (Reprise)" and vocals from "Mea Culpa" lead to Sandra Cretu's whispers at song's end with more reversed chants and fades into the next track.

Andru Donalds sings on this high tempo and rock-ish song, "Modern Crusaders", with significantly large portions of "O Fortuna" in the middle as Jens Gad plays the guitar. Andru continues on with the vocals and the track ends with an organ sample from Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor".

In "Traces (Light and Weight)", the sounds of a match being struck and water droplets, symbolising the elements of fire and water respectively, form a loop together with a light beat, and the chiming of church bells entering occasionally. A vague crying sound and the chiming continues and after the beat stops, it fades into the following song.

"The Screen Behind the Mirror" reintroduces the beat used in "Sadeness (Part I)" as vocals from Andru Donalds and Ruth-Ann Boyle sing part of the lyrics from "Gravity of Love". An earlier version of this song, named "The Experience" only appears on the Australian promo version of the album.

The previous song crossfades into "Endless Quest", where further more snare drums and shakuhachi flutes can be heard, with two different guitar riffs from Jens Gad replacing the former two instruments. The paces turns uncontrollably high and somewhat erratic before it stops with sounds of heavy breathing and segues into "Camera Obscura", where it immediately starts with a sample of "Modern Crusaders" with Michael Cretu on vocals, being reversed and sections of "O Fortuna" being followed up quickly. The pace and music then turns erratic and chaotic, and fades gently into the next song.

"Between Mind & Heart" brings in a light and breezy pace and Michael Cretu sings in this track. Sandra Cretu only appears in this track for the whispers as sounds of gentle, ethereal Chinese yangqin can be heard. It fades with more whispers and vocals.

Ruth-Anne Boyle sings in the last track, "Silence Must Be Heard" as the album picks up its pace, with echoes in the middle. The effect repeats itself again for one more time as it quickly resumes back the original pace. Ruth-Ann's vocals turn into whispers and the earlier crying voice enters, before ending the album with the signature Enigma horn.

The song "Modern Crusaders" is used as the second ending theme song for the Golden Wind arc of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime series; the series had previously referenced Enigma as the namesake of an antagonist's anthropomorphic "Stand" ability in the Diamond Is Unbreakable arc.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Gate"Michael Cretu2:04
2."Push the Limits"Cretu, Jens Gad6:26
3."Gravity of Love"Cretu3:58
4."Smell of Desire"Cretu, David Fairstein4:57
5."Modern Crusaders"Cretu3:50
6."Traces (Light and Weight)"Cretu, Gad4:11
7."The Screen Behind the Mirror"Cretu3:58
8."Endless Quest"Cretu3:06
9."Camera Obscura"Cretu1:27
10."Between Mind & Heart"Cretu4:09
11."Silence Must Be Heard"Cretu, Gad5:19
Total length:43:25

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Personnel

Charts and certifications

References

  1. ^ The Screen Behind the Mirror at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
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  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Enigma: The Screen Behind the Mirror" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 3, 2000". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  14. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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  17. ^ "Enigma | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Enigma Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Album 2000". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  21. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2000". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror". Music Canada.
  23. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enigma; 'The Screen Behind the Mirror')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  24. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter The Screen Behind the Mirror in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  25. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway.
  26. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2000" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-17.
  27. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Enigma; 'The Screen Behind the Mirror')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  28. ^ "British album certifications – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Screen Behind the Mirror in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  29. ^ "American album certifications – Enigma – The Screen Behind the Mirror". Recording Industry Association of America.

External links

Artist(s)

Veröffentlichungen von Enigma die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

MCMXC a.D. ¦ The Cross Of Changes ¦ Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! ¦ Voyageur ¦ The Screen Behind The Mirror

Enigma auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Enigma ist ein internationales Musikprojekt des deutsch-rumänischen Musikproduzenten und Komponisten Michael Cretu in den Bereichen elektronische Musik und New-Age, bei dem Sandra teilweise den Sprechgesang übernimmt. Seit 1999 singt auch Andru Donalds für Enigma.

Geschichte

Das erste Album MCMXC a.D. erschien 1990 in Europa und 1991 in den USA und wurde schon nach kurzer Zeit zum weltweiten Überraschungserfolg. MCMXC a.D. wurde die Nummer 1 in 41 Ländern und erhielt 57 mal Platin und 45 mal Gold. Die Debüt-Single Sadeness Part I schaffte es nicht nur in Deutschland auf Platz eins, sondern auch in vielen anderen Ländern wie Frankreich und Großbritannien. In den USA kam die Single bis auf Platz 5.

Mit der Veröffentlichung der ersten Single war völlig unbekannt, wer hinter dem Projekt steckt, da die Protagonisten noch unter Pseudonymen veröffentlichten. Nach einigen Tagen kamen erste Vermutungen auf, wonach es sich um die Stimme der Sängerin Sandra handeln solle. Erst nach Wochen war die Vermutung laut geworden, dass es sich um ein Projekt von Michael Cretu handeln könnte. Nach Monaten äußerte sich dieser öffentlich und bestätigte, dass Enigma seiner Schmiede entstamme. Tatsächlich war es ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt von Michael Cretu (Curly MC) und dem Hamburger Musikproduzenten Frank Peterson (F. Gregorian), der damals noch Keyboarder bei Sandra war. Von Frank Peterson kam dann auch die Idee, gregorianische Chöre unter die Musik zu mischen. Frank Peterson stieg aber nach dem ersten Album aus dem Projekt aus, um sich seinem eigenen neuen Projekt Gregorian zu widmen.

Enigma diente als Wegbereiter für viele andere Interpreten, die Michael Cretu auf den Pfad der meditativen, religiös angehauchten Ambient-Musik folgten, die auch als Ethno bezeichnet wird.

Diskografie

Studioalben

JahrTitel
Musiklabel
Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungenTemplate:Charttabelle/Wartung/ohne Quellen
(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
Anmerkungen
DE DEAT ATCH CHUK UKUS US
1990MCMXC a.D.
Virgin Records
DE3
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin

(46 Wo.)DE
AT3
Gold
Gold

(13 Wo.)AT
CH2
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin

(20 Wo.)CH
UK1
Dreifachplatin
×3
Dreifachplatin

(107 Wo.)UK
US6
Vierfachplatin
×4
Vierfachplatin

(282 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 26. November 1990
Verkäufe: + 14.000.000[1]
1993The Cross of Changes
Virgin Records
DE5
Platin
Platin

(31 Wo.)DE
AT5
Gold
Gold

(25 Wo.)AT
CH4
Platin
Platin

(28 Wo.)CH
UK1
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin

(52 Wo.)UK
US9
Doppelplatin
×2
Doppelplatin

(63 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 5. Dezember 1993
Verkäufe: + 3.865.000
1996Le roi est mort, vive le roi!
Virgin Records
DE3
Gold
Gold

(17 Wo.)DE
AT4
Gold
Gold

(14 Wo.)AT
CH4
Gold
Gold

(13 Wo.)CH
UK12
Gold
Gold

(13 Wo.)UK
US25
Platin
Platin

(29 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 20. November 1996
Verkäufe: + 1.911.236
2000The Screen Behind the Mirror
Virgin Records
DE2
Gold
Gold

(17 Wo.)DE
AT6
(10 Wo.)AT
CH4
Gold
Gold

(16 Wo.)CH
UK7
Gold
Gold

(6 Wo.)UK
US33
Gold
Gold

(17 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 14. Januar 2000
Verkäufe: + 930.000
2003Voyageur
Virgin Records
DE6
(6 Wo.)DE
AT19
(6 Wo.)AT
CH29
(6 Wo.)CH
UK46
(2 Wo.)UK
US94
(5 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 5. September 2003
Verkäufe: + 10.000
2006A Posteriori
Virgin Records
DE16
(7 Wo.)DE
AT17
(6 Wo.)AT
CH24
(7 Wo.)CH
US95
(3 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 21. September 2006
Verkäufe: + 20.000
2008Seven Lives Many Faces
Virgin Records
DE15
(9 Wo.)DE
AT30
(4 Wo.)AT
CH18
(8 Wo.)CH
US92
(2 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 5. August 2008
Verkäufe: + 13.000
2016The Fall of a Rebel Angel
Island Records
DE10
(5 Wo.)DE
AT24
(1 Wo.)AT
CH19
(3 Wo.)CH
UK40
(1 Wo.)UK
US122
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 11. November 2016

Auszeichnungen

  • ECHO Pop
    • 1991: in der Kategorie „Nationaler Künstler/-in oder Gruppe im Ausland“
    • 1992: in der Kategorie „Marketing“
    • 1994: in der Kategorie „Nationaler Künstler/-in oder Gruppe im Ausland“
    • 1997: in der Kategorie „Nationaler Künstler/-in oder Gruppe im Ausland“

Weblinks

Einzelnachweise

  1. Enigma -- The Answer. five.no, abgerufen am 24. September 2016.

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