May 17, 2007

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DJ Tiësto, Elements of Life
Ultra Records, 2007

Drop-dead-awesome all-originals euro-trance/house LP, if not groundbreaking in a strictly technical sense. Arguably the top super-DJ in the world, Tiësto’s résumé reads like modern mythology: the first DJ to sell out a 25,000-seat stadium, resident at the 2004 Olympics, Main Stage closer at this year’s Coachella — nothing gone Pete Tong at all. Instrumentals comprise the bulk of the album, jump-off track “Ten Seconds Before Sunrise” teeing up the proceedings with a magma-deep house beat and an almost New Age pairing of choir with reflective synth strings. Jes contributes the first vocal upon “Everything,” stepping things up with a workaday vibe of Bond-girl driving a Jag convertible through the open roads of Ibiza. Three more high-quality instrumentals follow before Charlotte Martin uncorks her latex-tight Tori Amos-vs.-Benatar soprano for the stunning “Sweet Things,” but what you’ll probably hear most often from this collection over the hot months is the bonus track, one of Tiesto’s 2006 remixes of the main theme from Pirates of the Caribbean — you may as well download that one right now and save yourself a painful Google search later. A-Eric W. Saeger