by Paul van Dyk



The ravenous fans might disagree -- suggesting that the details that signify significant growth are abundant -- but Paul van Dyk's 2012 effort could be called Quintessential for everyone else's benefit. Besides the bigger booms and the wider, wide-angle productions, Evolution sounds quite like his 1994 debut 45 RPM, just with many more vocal cuts. One of these, the blissful "Eternity" with Owl City's Adam Young, gives this one its "For an Angel," acting as the album's key track and granting the second van Dyk generation their prime-time trance number. Elsewhere, a swing beat makes "All the Way" undeniable to hips and head-bobbers, while "Lost in Berlin" bleeps along with a proper nod to that city's techno, and capping it all off is the closing "Heart Stops Beating," which brings stuttering vocals, beats that drop, and van Dyk's love of mixing bright (up-front synths) and deep (heavy bass drum). Think "winning formula" instead of "formulaic" and you're close to the value of Evolution, which along with Ferry Corsten's equally great WKND makes "trance ain't dead" the unofficial motto of 2012.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2012
Label: Vandit
UPC: 0634457558526
catalogNumber: 2050

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul van Dyk   Primary Artist
Plumb   Vocals
Kim Sanders   Background Vocals
Fisher   Vocals
Michelle Leonard   Vocals
Björn Dixgård   Vocals
Gustaf Norén   Vocals
Andreas Kipp   Cello
Sarah Howells   Vocals
Adam Young   Vocals
Flo Dauner   Drums
Johnny McDaid   Vocals
Per "Rusktrask" Johansson   Saxophone
Sue McLaren   Vocals
Kristina Labitzke   Viola

Technical Credits

Ron Wasserman   Composer
Matt Bronleewe   Composer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Marcelo Salazar   Engineer
Paul van Dyk   Composer,Producer
William Faber   Additional Production
Michelle Leonard   Composer
Austin Leeds   Composer,Additional Production
Björn Dixgård   Composer
Gustaf Norén   Composer
Jonas Zadow   Pro-Tools
Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee   Composer
Giuseppe Ottaviani   Composer,Producer
Tyler Michaud   Composer
Kathleen Fisher   Composer
Sarah Howells   Composer
Ummet Ozcan   Composer,Additional Production
Dirk Reichardt   Composer
Adam Young   Composer,Additional Production
Johnny McDaid   Composer
Jens Kuphal   Engineer
Richard Llewellyn   Composer
Willem Faber   Composer,Additional Production
Jürgen Grimm   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Artem Stolyarov   Composer
Arty   Additional Production
Stephen Massa   Composer
Sue McLaren   Composer
Mirko Schaffer   Composer
Anthony Scott Burns   Artwork

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