(03 February 2007) Enigma's Love, Sensuality, Devotion: The Remix Collection (Virgin Recrods 7243 8 11183 2 0, 2001-2006) is a splendid greatest hits smattering that highlights their four previous albums from 1990, 1993, 1996
and 2000. The album brings nine songs to the forefront that gives the listener a wonderful sampling of Enigma's progression of songs through this ten year period. The genious behind this creative New Age music is Michael Cretu. The complete compilation of eighteen tracks can be found on the four disc Love, Sensuality, Devotion: The Greatest Hits.
The rhythms become intense with the synthesizer infused "Turn Around" (Northern Lights Club Mix). The ambient sounds in this song produce an hypnotic effect and a meditative feel. The listener can't help but be entranced by the sensual mood and your body automatically moves to the beat. "Age of Loneliness" (Enigmatic Club Mix) continues to entice and soothe. In "Push The Limits" (ATB Remix), the percussive and rhythmic, frenetic beat present a wonderful New Age dance sound. Enigma has a flamboyance that is unequaled.
"Gravity Of Love" (Judgement Day Club Mix) contains parts of Carl Orff's opera "Carmina Burana (O Fortuna)," which is perhaps one of Orff's most well known works. The intensity of the fast and slow electronic beats gives this song a flourishing rockiness and edginess to the music. The powerful beat has an intriguing blend of atmosphere and rhythm.
The dominant dance beat continues to explode in "Return to Innocence" (Midnight Mix). If you close your eyes, you can imagine being on the crowded dance floor of your favorite club, gyrating to the compelling pulsation. Engima's classic signature song "Sadness, Part 1" (Violent U.S. Remix) creates a fantastic and exciting thumping that takes your breath away. The throbbing is contagious. "Principles Of Lust" (Everlasting Lust Mix) continues in the same vein.
The enticing male vocals present an eeriness to "Mea Culpa Part 2" (Fading Shades Mix) which blends into the female heavy breathing, words of passion and inspiration among subtle, throbbing grooves. The pulsations in "TNT For The Brain" (Midnight Man Remix) maintains the eclectic and atmospheric sound.
Enigma does not lose their impact with these remixes. These reworkings bring Enigma to new heights of excellence. Michael Cretu's inventive and fresh approach to the musical compositions have a flamboyance that makes the Enigma sound a standout.
The CD is powerful and well-engineered. The transcending energy of Love, Sensuality, Devotion: The Remix Collection is certainly a delicious experience for the senses.--Audrey Elliot in New York