Enigma - Cross Of Changes (CD)


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  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. Dance
Number of Discs
Number of Items
The Cross of Changes
Country of Origin
EMI Music Distribution
Mono / Stereo
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Second Chapter
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] The Eyes Of Truth
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Return To Innocence
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] I Love You ... I'll Kill You
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Silent Warrior
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] The Dream Of The Dolphin
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Age Of Lonliness (Carly's Song)
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Out From The Deep
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] The Cross Of Changes
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Second Chapter
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Eyes of Truth, The
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Return to Innocence
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] I Love You...I'll Kill You
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Silent Warrior
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Dream of the Dolphin, The
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Age of Loneliness
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Out from the Deep
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Cross of Changes, The
Pop / Rock
Release Date
17 May 2001
South Africa

Enigma: Michael "Curly MC" Cretu (vocals, various instruments, programming).
Additional personnel includes: Louisa Stanley (vocals); Jens Gad (guitar).
Recorded at A.R.T. Studios, Ibiza, Spain.
Personnel: Michael Cr‚tu (vocals, programming); Peter Cornelius, Jens Gad (guitar); Sandra Cretu, Louisa Stanley, Angel (background vocals).
Recording information: A.R.T. Studios, Ibiza, Spain.
On THE CROSS OF CHANGES, Enigma delves into the mystic with a musical fervor that transcends sampling technologies and popular dance beats. THE CROSS OF CHANGES is a serene yet supremely sensual musical synthesis that might best be characterized as new age hip-hop. Enigma's worldwide hit MCMXC A.D. was notable for, among other things, its use of Gregorian chants as samples in a heady techno mix, which inspired such delirious interest in this ancient music that The Benedictine Monks Of Santo Domingo De Silos are currently enjoying their own Top 10 hit--CHANT.
With THE CROSS OF CHANGES, Enigma's auteur Michael Cretu has merged a series of chants and simple devotional lyrics into a smooth techno-psychedelic wall of sound that is, in contemporary terms, a synthesized flipside to the techno-pop dance grooves of groups like Ace Of Base. Apples and oranges? Certainly, but both groups do employ texture and repetition to particular advantage in a pop context. However, where Ace Of Base finds nirvana in the incantory rhythms of reggae and the classic textures of old-fashioned analog synthesizers, Enigma extracts their hypnotic rhythms and textures from a variety of Eastern sources--at times evoking the ghosts of fellow mystics Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream.
In celebrating the libidinous ambivalence of "I Love You...I'll Kill You," Cretu mixes whispered female vocals (Barry White, anyone?), distant electric guitar swells and synthesizer washes, with snippets of non-Western reed and percussion instruments (such as Indian tabla drums, which carry the groove like a Fender bass). THE CROSS OF CHANGES proceeds less like a series of loosely connected pop songs, and more like a dream suite, all candles and incense, quasar blips and dimly lit rooms.

Date Released
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
Michael Cretu
  1. Enigma
44m 12s
Michael Cretu
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