Ferry Corsten - Twice In A Blue Moon

Like his fellow countryman Tiesto, Ferry Corsten is something of an inexplicable global phenomenon. I say inexplicable because, to these puzzled ears, if not several million ravers worldwide, both produce trance which is utterly generic and devoid of personality. The Dutch may have the right attitude when it comes to cannabis and prostitution, but the ability to make interesting music appears to have passed them by.

Twice In A Blue Moon, Corsten's third album, seems anchored to points from the last decade, as if terrified, or perhaps just blissfully unaware, of progression. Gabriella's Sky, for example, you could be fooled into thinking belongs to the late 90s - its pretty, plucked riff seeming familiar from a hundred other tracks. Brain Box eventually turns into what sounds like a re-shuffling of Zombie Nation.

There's the expected mix of smooth tracks and the comparatively harder, the instrumental and the vocal. (Although the vocals on the album could win the 2009 Lily Allen Prize for sounding bored if Lily herself didn't have a new album out.) Despite some nice melodies, Twice In A Blue Moon is ultimately forgettable. Its overly-polished, recycled nature lends it to going in one lughole and out the other.



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