Paul Van Dyk is back. And he has proven once again why he is one of the leaders in the world of electronica/dance. His new album, “Evolution” is a fittingly titled work filled with infectious beats and great guest spots including the likes of Adam Young (Owl City), Michelle Leonard, Austin Leeds, and plenty more. It’s one of those works that can’t be taken in with just one listen. Every listen offers audiences something new. In short, it’s an opus that rather than hitting listeners the first time around, it grows on listeners more and more with each listen. This is the sign of a great album.
Just like music from the greatest classical composers, Paul Van Dyk has grown. “Evolved” if you will. The more audiences listen to this album, the more they will grow to appreciate the noticeable changes from his previous albums. Owl City founder/frontman Adam Young brings his own pop sensibilities to Eternity to make a song that’s bound to be a fan favorite on the album. There’s something about his vocals that adds an extra “spice” so to speak to the song. The almost percussive vibe of ‘Lost in Berlin’ alone makes this song another high point on “Evolution.” the way in which he manipulates the sounds are unlike any of the other songs on the album. It really conjures images of specialty dance troupes such as Fighting Gravity or others of its ilk. The addition of Michelle Leonard’s vocals adds yet another extra something to the whole experience here. And the album’s opener, ‘Symmetries’, wastes no time getting audiences moving.
The electronica/dance genre is very much a niche genre of music. However, with the release of “Evolution”, Paul Van Dyk may well have crafted an album that takes this genre out of the clubs and into the mainstream consciousness. Yet again, it’s proof that while it may not be like his older material, that change is definitely good. PBD is currently on tour in Europe. He will be performing ni Brno, Czech Republic next Friday, before moving on to Amsterdam the following night. Fans can keep up with all the latest from PVD online at http://www.paulvandyk.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PVD, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PaulVanDyk, and on Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/paulvandyk.
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