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Album review: Embrace, by Armin van Buuren

This is the first time I listen to a trance slash dance slash house album. I braced myself for an “unchis unchis” and, for the lack of a better word, unbearable experience throughout Armin van Buuren’s 15-tracked Embrace record.

I tell you upfront this kind of music is not right up my alley. I occasionally play Zedd and David Guetta on Spotify, but I don’t feel like I have an expert opinion when it comes to the trance genre.

If you enjoy pop music, I can tell you Embrace goes easy on the ears. Most of the songs feature vocals and a piano background, and the melodies are not too “hardcore” (they are very enjoyable.)

At some point, I felt like I was listening to Swedish House Mafia or Avicii. The album has great collaborations, including The Voice contestant Angel Taylor and Rock Mafia, the songwriting team credited with producing for Ellie Goulding, Flo Rida and other big names in the music industry.

Make it Right, Gotta Be Love and Caught in the Slipstream got me hyped while Old Skool made me feel like I was in a Van Buuren gig. Looking for Your Name had a more relaxed tune, and was probably a good way to close a dance album.

If you’re looking for a pre-party playlist for this Friday or Saturday night, Armin will surely get you in a club state of mind. You don’t have to love trance to enjoy the Dutch producer’s latest creation.

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