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Another prodigy discovered by Finland's wonder boy Jaakko Salovaara also known as JS16, Darude born Ville Virtanen slowly started to conquer the dance world with two hit singles, "Sandstorm" and "Feel the Beat." Those songs might be very attractive and rhythmic, but unfortunately Darude's debut full-length doesn't succeed quite as well. First of all, the main problem of Before the Storm is its monotony. Its entire content can be easily described by the two hit singles. The rest of album is mostly just a variation of that theme, and it just doesn't work if you're not on a dancefloor. This may be due to Jaakko Salovaara's presence -- JS16's house is also monotonous; with...
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All Music Guide - Antti J. Ravelin
Another prodigy discovered by Finland's wonder boy Jaakko Salovaara also known as JS16, Darude born Ville Virtanen slowly started to conquer the dance world with two hit singles, "Sandstorm" and "Feel the Beat." Those songs might be very attractive and rhythmic, but unfortunately Darude's debut full-length doesn't succeed quite as well. First of all, the main problem of Before the Storm is its monotony. Its entire content can be easily described by the two hit singles. The rest of album is mostly just a variation of that theme, and it just doesn't work if you're not on a dancefloor. This may be due to Jaakko Salovaara's presence -- JS16's house is also monotonous; with no diversity whatsoever. Whether this is a good thing or not just depends on the context in which one hears the music. Darude's debut album Before the Storm may work well on the dancefloor, but it is virtually impossible to listen to the whole album at home.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Groovilicious / S.R.
  • UPC: 732183510624
  • Catalog Number: 35106

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sandstorm - Ville Virtanen (3:45)
  2. 2 Burning - Ville Virtanen (7:10)
  3. 3 Feel the Beat - Ville Virtanen (4:18)
  4. 4 Out of Control - Ville Virtanen (5:02)
  5. 5 Touch Me Feel Me - Ville Virtanen (6:14)
  6. 6 Calm Before the Storm - Ville Virtanen (4:52)
  7. 7 Let the Music Take Control - Ville Virtanen (5:45)
  8. 8 Drums of New York - Ville Virtanen (6:04)
  9. 9 The Flow - Ville Virtanen (3:52)
  10. 10 Sandstorm - Ville Virtanen (7:22)
  11. 11 Feel the Beat - Ville Virtanen (7:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darude Primary Artist
Ville Virtanen Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jaakko "JS16" Salovaara Arranger, Producer, Remixing
Ville Virtanen Arranger
Brandon Belsky Engineer
H. Liimatainen Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Darude is "da dude"!

    A common misconception about techno is that it is "repetitive" and only composed of "fake" synthesized noises. A true "techno" fan will tell you that this widespread genre of music encompasses just about every style from technopop to rock to dance to classical-fusion and crossover, the common element being its otherworldly sounds and (often, but not always) catchy beat. That being said, Darude's talent is amazing, even if he does follow tecnho stereotypes in creating a dance album with minimal foyeur into the aforementioned space-age genres. This remains the only downfall of the album, which could have been a breakthrough in the musical world if it incorporated variant styles into its repertoire. Nevertheless, this is dance club techno at its best. There are only a few songs out there by any techno artist that match up to Sandstorm!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BAOWNED

    Darude owns all souls period, this cd is the greatest ive ever heard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a beautiful cd!

    i looove the songs. so easy to lose myself while listening to darude. i cant find another cd like this one. glad i found it& highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Darude is "da rude"!

    Sandstorm is Almighty himself! Ive listened to Eifel 65,Amber and JS16. BUT THIS IS THE BEST TECHNO SONG EVER MADE!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There is no better Techno!

    This is the best there is, and there is nothing better. Anyone who says any different has never heard Sandstorm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good CD!

    Sandstorm And Feel The Beat Are Two INCREADEBLE Songs! Be Sure To Get This CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    calm before the storm

    i love this cd. best track...calm before the storm, perfect for gettin the party started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Darude ROCKS!!!

    This CD is one of the best that I've heard!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Feel the beat!

    Smashing dance music and sure to inspire dance floor motion. If it doesn't work in your house try taking it on the road. Solid high speed driving beats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This isn't even my kind of music, and I love it.

    Hot dance techno/house tracks. Popular in trendy Detroit and NYC clubs. Great to sweat to.

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    Posted December 15, 2011

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