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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
It's a scam, sure. But like the best of scams, it also succeeds. Cretu's attempt at fusing everything from easy listening sex music and hip-hop rhythms to centuries-old Gregorian chants couldn't have been more designed to tweak the nose of high art, a joyously crass stab straight at a mainstream, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars. The result is something that shouldn't exist, but in its own way results in as much of a cultural scramble and explosion as anything Public Enemy were doing around the same time, crossing over the Eurodisco and new age spheres with style. Credit Cretu for an open ear for whatever works, which is precisely why "Sadeness," the first part of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
It's a scam, sure. But like the best of scams, it also succeeds. Cretu's attempt at fusing everything from easy listening sex music and hip-hop rhythms to centuries-old Gregorian chants couldn't have been more designed to tweak the nose of high art, a joyously crass stab straight at a mainstream, do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars. The result is something that shouldn't exist, but in its own way results in as much of a cultural scramble and explosion as anything Public Enemy were doing around the same time, crossing over the Eurodisco and new age spheres with style. Credit Cretu for an open ear for whatever works, which is precisely why "Sadeness," the first part of a longer track called "Principles of Lust," turned into a fluke worldwide hit. Snippets of monks invoking the Almighty effortlessly glide in and out of a polite but still strong breakbeat, shimmering, atmospheric synth and flute lines and a Frenchwoman whispering in a way that sounds distinctly more carnal than spiritual as her gasps for breath elsewhere make clear. Guitar and male vocals add to the album version's try-anything-that-works approach, as do attempts at shuffling jazz beats and horns. If nothing quite equals that prime moment elsewhere on the album, MCMXC still trips out on the possibilities as it can, right from the opening "Voice of Enigma," inviting all listeners to sit back, relax, and take a gentle trip. Cretu certainly isn't trying to hide anything -- "Callas Went Away" goes right ahead and adds a sample of Maria Callas herself to the chirping birds and soft beats, while elsewhere the flutes, beats, monks, and French voices merrily go about their glossy business. About the only thing missing is the kitchen sink, making the entire album the "Macarthur Park" of its day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778622420
  • Catalog Number: 86224
  • Sales rank: 3,458

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Enigma Primary Artist
Curly M.C. Vocals
David Fairstein Vocals
F. Gregorian Vocals
Technical Credits
Enigma Producer
Michael Crétu Composer
Curly M.C. Composer
David Fairstein Composer
F. Gregorian Composer
David Faristein Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    The most relaxing music I've ever listened to. A must for your collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MCMXC A.D by Lillian Pandola 6.2.03

    It's dark sexy Gothic. it's one of my favorite album in my collection. this album is perfect for going out Clubbing on a saturday night and perfect for lighting candles in your bedroom on a saturday night. making love to your husband or your Lover i loved the gregorian chants it brings me back to the midle ages. it's very nocturnal. if you love Enigma this album for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enigma MCMXC A.D.

    This is BEST CD to listen. The music is very peaceful and calm. It's great for every ocassion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good But there has been better

    I love Enigma. I have every cd they have ever out out including some imports. Although this is a great cd the third enigma cd really kicks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensual!

    This album of sensual sounds takes you into another realm of music one of emotion and sexuality. A must have !!

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    Posted June 2, 2009

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