Armin van Buuren - Breathe In [2024 Artist Album]

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Armin van Buuren
Release title
Breathe In
Release date
Jan 12, 2024
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Artist album

TeardropNL

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Just confirmed, new album by Armin van Buuren coming in 2024, called: Breathe In
Wrapping up a particularly productive year that had the launch of his ‘Feel Again’ album as one of its unmistakable highlights, Armin van Buuren just announced the forthcoming release of his ninth studio album:’Breathe In’.

Written over the two-plus years following the end of the pandemic and inspired by being back on dance floors, ‘Breathe In’ is the next step in the narrative that started with ‘Feel Again’. Whereas ‘Feel Again’ explored Armin van Buuren’s journey of re-establishing a connection with himself and the music he loves, ‘Breathe In’ shifts focus to his connection with his fans.

Adopting a more positive sound and a higher bpm, ‘Breathe In’ will reflect and underline music’s ability to unite while urging listeners to celebrate life, see the light in others, and (re)connect on dance floors. The album will be released on Armada Music on January 12, 2024.

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never liked any of his albums since Imagine - they're all just bunches of records unrelated to each other, which is no surprise given the amount of (uncredited) people working on them.

moreover, in recent years he's gone more chaotic than ever, trying to catch every modern sub-genre and sub-direction within the EDM world with the numerous fast-food tracks

the only Armin related album that worths attention was Gaia album by Benno
 

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These already released tracks will be included as well :) Singles’ covers prove it :)





Unfortunately, Armin prefers quantity over quality now; I don’t expect anything, especially anything good.
 

TeardropNL

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Funny
never liked any of his albums since Imagine - they're all just bunches of records unrelated to each other, which is no surprise given the amount of (uncredited) people working on them.

moreover, in recent years he's gone more chaotic than ever, trying to catch every modern sub-genre and sub-direction within the EDM world with the numerous fast-food tracks

the only Armin related album that worths attention was Gaia album by Benno
. That album is without ANY doubt my most favourite album ever! Cool that you like it too. I thought I was the only one hehe.
 

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the only Armin related album that worths attention was Gaia album by Benno
I listened to that one not long ago. I remembered it was quite good. I listened it and the quality clearly exceeded my expectations.

I will probably check this album when it comes out in hope it would include at least one or two enjoyable tracks. But my hopes are minimal especially after Feel Again. The comment about being "chaotic" is quite spot on. There's not a pattern at all with Armin's releases, it just feels like every week we have a new track made by co-producer which is just labelled to be Armin's track. Okay, "all over the place" is a pattern of sorts, but you know what I mean.
 

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Here's an old quote from Armin I pulled from a RA review.

On the back cover of the book Hypnotized, an encyclopaedic document of the rise of trance music, Armin van Buuren explains to Dutch author Arjan Rietveld: "Most don't know that the power of repetition was already understood by classical musicians. Their works can warp you into a trance-like state. Trance was built on those same principles, and its influence on popular music has been widespread ever since."
With that being said, if we're going to use this characterization of trance from Armin himself, I'm not sure what this album is doing here. Or like anything he's done in the past 8 years not under the Gaia name (I did actually kind of like the Gaia album, even if it wasn't really strictly trance it was still a nice venture into **slightly** artistically unique territory). Nowadays he's making glorified pop or whatever else edm trend is hot (right now, big room techno where half hte song is a breakdown apparently, since everyone knows the defining characteristic of techno is massive breakdowns)

e: Here's the full review, for Evian Christ's Revanchrist which is almost satirical and sometimes feels like a take on modern mainstream trance but with a bit more tact. Definitely leaning into the more metamodern approach, it's still actually quite well done even if I kind of hate what it represents, the hands in the air glowstick-tossing DJ-worship dutch trance era :p
 
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Wrapping up a particularly productive year that had the launch of his ‘Feel Again’ album as one of its unmistakable highlights, Armin van Buuren just announced the forthcoming release of his ninth studio album:’Breathe In’.

Written over the two-plus years following the end of the pandemic and inspired by being back on dance floors, ‘Breathe In’ is the next step in the narrative that started with ‘Feel Again’. Whereas ‘Feel Again’ explored Armin van Buuren’s journey of re-establishing a connection with himself and the music he loves, ‘Breathe In’ shifts focus to his connection with his fans.

Adopting a more positive sound and a higher bpm, ‘Breathe In’ will reflect and underline music’s ability to unite while urging listeners to celebrate life, see the light in others, and (re)connect on dance floors. The album will be released on Armada Music on January 12, 2024.
 

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Here's an old quote from Armin I pulled from a RA review.


With that being said, if we're going to use this characterization of trance from Armin himself, I'm not sure what this album is doing here. Or like anything he's done in the past 8 years not under the Gaia name (I did actually kind of like the Gaia album, even if it wasn't really strictly trance it was still a nice venture into **slightly** artistically unique territory). Nowadays he's making glorified pop or whatever else edm trend is hot (right now, big room techno where half hte song is a breakdown apparently, since everyone knows the defining characteristic of techno is massive breakdowns)

e: Here's the full review, for Evian Christ's Revanchrist which is almost satirical and sometimes feels like a take on modern mainstream trance but with a bit more tact. Definitely leaning into the more metamodern approach, it's still actually quite well done even if I kind of hate what it represents, the hands in the air glowstick-tossing DJ-worship dutch trance era :p
Speaking of Armada, they are thinking of spending over $100 million dollars on back catalogues. They are aiming for $500 million no wonder armin is going nuts with releases.


 
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I personally think the previews aren't that bad, actually (aside from the bigroom ID since I've never been the biggest fan of that genre). My opinion on the album so far is basically the same as the ASOT 2023 and ASOT Ibiza 2023 comps; they're fine as non-trance releases but other than that, nowhere near as good as his first few albums. Nonetheless, curious to see what this one brings to the table.

Also, didn't know Armada was partaking in buying up catalogs?
The move follows a spate of recent catalogue acquisitions by hedge funds and investors. Over the past few years, pop and rock giants Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Justin Timberlake, Sting and Justin Bieber have all sold the rights to their back catalogues. Last year, Warner Music acquired David Bowie's catalogue for $250 million.
Yeah ok, this won't end well at all.
 

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Also, didn't know Armada was partaking in buying up catalogs?

Yeah ok, this won't end well at all.
Why wouldn't it end well at all? I personally think that these might be acquired by another big label in the future.
 
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Why wouldn't it end well at all?
I mean as in, the possibility of more unnecessary reboots and remixes. I'm not necessarily saying that nothing good will come out of it, it's just that I personally don't see this as a good thing given the amount of (in my opinion) relatively sub-par rehashes of songs that were fine by themselves.

I personally think that these might be acquired by another big label in the future.
My concern isn't Armada specific, I'm simply against the idea in general of dance music labels buying rights to songs that arent dance music. To me, it comes off as buying the rights not to get profit from the original releases, but as a means to be legally allowed to remix them whenever they want.
 
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Why wouldn't it end well at all? I personally think that these might be acquired by another big label in the future.
Why wouldn't it?

Isn't that we want ultimately for classics catalogue not to randomly disappear on Spotify just because a particular release has reached its contractual term with the existing label or they no longer exist to collect/pay royalties to heir artist's? Or risk with melody been recycled and it been released under a new artist name after they've changed a cord or two or nothing at all lmao, not sure if this was the case with Mo Chara / Rober Nickson - Spiral melody been ripped off by Ciaran/Ferry?

I'm just glad my favourite artist Paul Miller has already been approached by Armada campaign and not forgotten about when it comes to this topic & as a result Ascend was re releaed recently. Yeaah I agree this just gives them more excuse to remix a classic and re release new remix every year or so as clearly our scene has been running out of fresh ideas, this is their way to ensure the scene doesn't die off competely and if it does maybe they can release a house remix instead.

We don't hear new melodies like Steve morley sacred city 2008/2009 remix anymore its like 80% of producers forgot how to make trance with unique melody after the golden era passed and introduction of hammer trance started getting everyone's attention at the start like Photographer - Airport (trance 2.0) i feel like this track alone is responsible for why trance is the way it is today and rise of templates ever since.

Tbh I personally dnt trust any music streaming service/labels etc and this has always been at the back of mind, time to setup Plex media server using raspberry pie 4 or 5 with overheat protection or setup/invest in Nas if project pie fails.
 
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