Out There and Back

Out There and Back

4.8 8
by Paul van Dyk
     
 
To some, trance music sounds lazily formulaic, but in the hands of a skilled vet such as Paul Van Dyk, it can be transcendent. His third album, the seamless OUT THERE & BACK plays like it's one 78-minute track broken into 12 sections of synth swells, pulsing electronic rhythms, and piano melodies. Anyone who's heard Van Dyk's previous Stateside releases,

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To some, trance music sounds lazily formulaic, but in the hands of a skilled vet such as Paul Van Dyk, it can be transcendent. His third album, the seamless OUT THERE & BACK plays like it's one 78-minute track broken into 12 sections of synth swells, pulsing electronic rhythms, and piano melodies. Anyone who's heard Van Dyk's previous Stateside releases, 45 RPM and SEVEN WAYS, will recognize his trademark maneuvers: build a little momentum with a drum kick, drop in some melody (preferably an ethereal vocal), and when a mild beauteous frenzy is achieved, ka-pow! -- hit the listener with some driving bass to remind them that while their heads are in the clouds, their feet are on a dance floor. And that dance floor belongs to Van Dyk. The clear standout on OUT THERE is "Tell Me Why (the Riddle)," a collaboration with St. Etienne vocalist Sarah Cracknell. Van Dyk's keyboard progressions and Cracknell's dreamy pipes out-pretty each other atop the track's propulsive rhythms. Van Dyk, who emerged from Berlin's underground in the early '90s and has remixed everyone from New Order to Sven Väth, helped establish the trance nation as we know it, and here the DJ is still at the top of his game.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Paul van Dyk, Germany's most prominent trance producer at the turn of the century, edged forward creatively on his third studio album, Out There and Back. Whereas his past two albums, 45 RPM (1994) and Seven Ways (1996), were fairly straight-ahead affairs similar in approach to a trance DJ mix dotted with anthemic moments such as "For an Angel" and "Forbidden Fruit," this third album is more eclectic, with distinctive songs and a greater emphasis on vocals. In fact, those listeners with an affection for mid-'90s trance might be disappointed by the eclecticism on display here. "Another Way" is an early highlight, sequenced as the third track. The one-two punch of "Avenue" and "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)" a couple tracks later stands out as the album centerpiece. As with most albums of this type, Out There and Back drags a little toward the end, but everything considered, this is still a more well-rounded and thus engaging album than van Dyk's previous two and, certainly, most others in the trance bin.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2000
Label:
Mute U.S.
UPC:
0724596912720
catalogNumber:
9127
Rank:
261256

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Out There and Back 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS CD HAS SO MANY PHAT BEATS. ITS A NONSTOP HEAD RAVE. bUY IT AND TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Van Dyk's Out There and Back defines trance music. His unique style that thankfully stays relatively underground is largly pleasing to many followers of Paul and his kind. Paul keep supplying the trackz!
Guest More than 1 year ago
when the word trance comes up Paul van Dyk is largly associated with this genre of music, however, one would like to say with this enormous trance movement going on Paul Van Dyk can say forget about this band wagon following of cheesy trance trackz and make his own music that is full of soul, energy, drive and seduction. Paul Van Dyk portrays an awesome air of realness and Out there and back is the perfect example!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even from the very beginning, one can tell this will be one of the very best songs of its kind! The whole thing is programmed as one, long, but ever-changing piece, that perfectly ''hits the spot''! It's fast, but stops to ''float in space'' for awhile, before returning to its ever-changing groove.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow this cd blows my mind its crazy. paul van dyk hits you again songs like tell me why and another way make this cd a must have get it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is absolutely incredible! Van Dyk manages to keep the beat going up and up and up. Even at the end of the set you will find the energy raising and your body following, enchanted by the music, unable to stop dancing... BTW, I do not agree with the reviewer at all...the second part isn't as amazing??... what was he thinking? Starting from track 8 Van Dyk will drive you to ecstasy with his progressive beat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG, this is one of my FAVORITE albums from Paul Van DYk!! Vega starts out with an awesome bass and the energy doesn't come down. CD2's Namistai is by far da best song in the album. If ur a techno lover, this is da album for U!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago