Cretu being no fool, he figured if it worked the first time, no need to change things much for the second. But he also knew not to simply go ahead and just rehash his debut for Cross of Changes, resulting in a just different enough effort along the same overall lines. The usual air of tasteful middle-of-the-road spirituality takes precedence, right down to the cover art and appropriately pantheistic quote from Persian mystic poet Rumi in the CD booklet. Needless to say, the music attempts to match the same throughout, and often succeeds. Things kick off with more of the synth-whale song noises and atmospherics from MCMXC, however there aren't any monks to be found this time around, but what sounds like the same whispering woman talking about "clearing the debts of many hundred years" and the like. From there, Cretu merrily takes the same plunge -- some of his sample choices this time around show he's got a decent record collection, including parts from Songs From the Victorious City, the striking fusion of Egyptian and Western musics from Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman. His work with beats and loops noticeably shows a more developed edge -- while hardly an innovator, there's a bit more grime and loud in his rhythms, which in combination with extra electric guitar make a reasonable contrast to the smoother elements. Consider the rampaging conclusion to "I Love You...I'll Kill You," which while sharing some cheese with the title itself still works surprisingly well, right down to a clever Robert Plant vocal sample at the end. "Return to Innocence" was the big single from this one, not quite up there with "Sadeness" in the popular culture in the U.S. but almost inescapable elsewhere. There's another Led Zeppelin sample (this time John Bonham) and a haunting male vocal providing oomph under the fuzzy-headed greeting card philosophy of the main lyrics. It's an impressive effort, showing Cretu had a definite something in his own way.
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Performance CreditsEnigma Primary Artist
Michael Crétu Vocals,Voices
Jens Gad Guitar
Louisa Stanley Background Vocals,Voices
Sandra Cretu Background Vocals
Angel Background Vocals
Peter Cornelius Guitar
Technical CreditsMichael Crétu Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Curly M.C. Composer
David Fairstein Composer
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The Cross of Changes based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I absolutly love the cd The Cross of Changes. My favorite song of all times is Return to Innceonce. I love this song so much it was played at my wedding. I still listen to this song everyday.
Enigma is truly one of the best artists out there in the New Age world today. Throughout this album, he blends his music from the 20th century with Native American music, chants, synth, guitar, the list goes on. For those of you who go in for all things Native American, check out Track 5 (the name escapes me at the moment) but it'll tell tou about the white man coming 'in the name of God' ... from the Native Americans' point of view. For guitar and chants, take a listen to one of his biggest hit on Track 3: Return to Innocence. He combines the guitar with chanting and 20th century music for a very interesting and captivating (?) sound. If you like synth music, then try Track 9: The Cross of Changes. The website doesn't have a clip from it, but believe me, it's one of the best ones on the CD. If you are all for mystique-type music, then check out Track 4: I Love You, I'll Kill You. the name is deceiving. The somg is actually very well made. That's about it, so for anyone that likes New Age, but hasn't heard Enigma yet, boy, have you missed out!!!!!!!!