Armin Van Buuren
Armin Van Buuren is nothing short of amazing: At the age of 32, he had made the steep ascent to international stardom that earned him the status of DJ Magazine’s No. 1 DJ of 2007. A seven-year weekly gig as host of the popular radio show “A State of Trance,” a successful compilation series of the same name, his own Armind label, three albums and an overwhelming list of artist tracks and remixes hardly seems an appropriate résumé for someone whose humble beginnings fresh out of secondary school into a local Dutch nightclub began in 1995. Armin proves that if you follow your
passion, the potential for success is limitless.
Imagine is Armin’s third artist album. It includes the DJ Shah collaboration track “Going Wrong” featuring Chris Jones, and employs the vocal talents of Jaren, Audrey Gallagher, Sharon Den Adel, Jacqueline Govaert, Kathy Burton, Vera Ostrova and the soon-to-be-classic Jennifer Rene. Though not breaking any new ground thematically, the album demonstrates the vast emotional depth electronic music is capable of and the stark beauty of a lovelorn voice. Vocal tracks like “Unforgivable,” “Never Say Never” and “Fine Without You” seem destined for a single release, and instrumentals like “Imagine” and “Intricacy” will doubtlessly be making appearances on purist trance compilations.