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Le Roi Est Mort, Vive le Roi!

Artist: Enigma

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Label: Virgin
Album: Le Roi Est Mort, Vive le Roi!
# Song Title   Time
1)    Roi Est Mort, Vive le Roi!, Le - (French)
2)    Morphing Thru Time - (Latin)
3)    Third of Its Kind
4)    Beyond the Invisible - (Latin)
5)    Why! ...
6)    Shadows in Silence
7)    Child in Us, The
8)    T.N.T. for the Brain
9)    Almost Full Moon
10)    Roundabout, The - (Latin)
11)    Prism of Life
12)    Odyssey of the Mind - (French)

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Michael Cretu (vocals, various instruments); Sandra Cretu, Louisa Stanley (vocals); Peter Cornelius (guitar).
  • Recorded at A.R.T. Studios, Ibiza, Spain.
  • LE ROI EST MORT, VIVE LE ROI was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album and for Best Recording Package.
  • Personnel: Peter Cornelius (guitar).
  • Recording information: A.R.T. Studios, Ibiza, Spain.
  • Illustrator: Volker Str?ter.
  • On its third album, Enigma reshapes the most interesting aspects of its previous two into a distinctly different atmosphere. ENIGMA3 has tangible Indonesian influences, as did 1994's THE CROSS OF CHANGES; it also smoothly and dramatically incorporates Gregorian chant, which was prominent on Enigma's debut, MCMXC A.D. Unlike those albums, it features significant vocals by Enigma mastermind Michael Cretu. His voice brings tension and emotion to tracks such as "Why!..." and "The Roundabout."
  • There is an altogether moody, sensuously brooding ambience to the entire album, sustained by muted drum beats and soft, ethereal layers of sounds drawn from chant, opera, tribal chant, choir, and various instruments and effects. Like the band's previous albums, ENIGMA3 possesses both the otherworldliness of new-age music and the groove of hip-hop. It is a voyage to somewhere exotic and seductively danceable.

Producer:Michael Cretu
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:1 November, 1996
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Ashwin on
From my guess, Michael Cretu stated that Enigma's third album is like a combination of the dark and Gothic feel of MCMXC, and of the brighter feel of Enigma 2: The Cross Of Changes. While yes, I can see a point in his description of this album, it has the Gregorian chanting that was present on the first album and the brighter, earthier sounds of The Cross Of Changes, but from my perspective, this third album from Enigma has a more of an aquatic atmosphere and in my opinion, sounds totally different from the previous two albums. I especially love the album cover and it's transparent album jacket.
The first track entitled "Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi" starts off the album with the trademark chord structure that made the musical backbone of the intros of the previous two albums except unlike the eeriness of the first albums intro or the more Mayan sounds of the second albums intro, the third albums intro has a more of a futuristic and aquatic feel to it. The track gets more intense until a recording snippet of a NASA space shuttle launch blasts in the next track "Morphing Through Time". Morphing starts off with a voice effect of someone ranting about a biosphere and a life supporting system before it mellows down and a very mellow yet strange minor note melody begins and the Gregorian Chants come in(How we missed those so much on Cross Of Changes). Some bizarre Middle Eastern instruments and Cretus vocals are also present too. The song is a very ambient, slow-paced, daytime-Gothic sounding track with echoing "ya-ya-ya-ya" voices for a blissful aural experience. As the song fades out, the echoing voices continue into the third `track', "Third Of It's Kind" which is just an 18 second interlude with a narrating voice about the first as the father, the second as the mother, and the third is the child. After the 18 second break, we head into the fourth track, "Beyond The Invisible". This song is a bit more upbeat and more on the sensual side with the breathing effects combined with strange flutes and the sultry narrating voice plus the echoing voices make this one a steamy New Age classic. This one also has some of Cretu himself singing too and he has a great voice. The song ends with the echoing voices fading into the background and a new beat comes in ushering us into the bitterness of "WHY!". Cretu sings with incredible passion on this voice and the song is probably the coldest and most urgent song that Enigma has done at this point in their career. The beats are addictive, the melody is bitter, the lyrics are great and the mood is spellbinding, plus there are occasional Gregorian Chants too. The song ends with Cretu singing "I'M ASKING WHY!" and the vocal line of that echoes away into much calmer territory of the next track. The next track entitled "Shadows In Silence" is a much calmer track brings up images of swimming in a clear ocean with the rays of sunlight shining through. The guitars are beautiful. The song gradually winds down until bizarre bleeping sounds end the track with an ambient crescendo before the siren like sounds lower in pitch and begins what I consider one of the best songs that Enigma have ever recorded in their career, "The Child In Us". Similar in mood to "Return To Innocence", this track brings in Sanskrit vocals and a Sitar from India and combines Gregorian chanting with a very bright daytime mood which from my perspective, results what I consider the best song on Enigma 3. I would even call it the `bright daytime' equivalent of the dark "Sadeness". By far my favorite song on this CD. After the daytime major note of "Child", a darker minor note atmosphere returns with the steamy "TNT For The Brain". This track is more `erotic' in mood and more intense and has some cool pizzicato strings in the background and a cool Asian beat to it. There is a much superior version out there called "The Midnight Man Mix" which is darker and more ambient and far sexier. After the intensity of TNT comes the much mellower "Almost Full Moon". This song has a distant cry that was present on "Callas Went Away" and makes it appearance. The guitars from Shadows In Silence are heard on here too. The drum loop is borrowed from Peter Gabriel's "Washing Of The Water". A shooting star effect ushers in the next track "The Roundabout". Roundabout is a far more intense track with Cretu singing like he did in "Why!" . This almost became a single but was pulled back unfortunately. The last true song on the album "Prism Of Life" is a much more joyous track with low-pitched African chanting, Gregorian Chants, strange echoing beats and a joyous atmosphere. The echoing voice of Cretu ends the track and ties it into the last track "Odyssey of The Mind" which is the intro being played backwards giving a feel of the journey of Enigma 3 coming full circle.

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