Enigma (New-age project created by Michael Cretu)

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Attention: If you're looking for an album called Erotic Dreams (or perhaps Temple of Love), you can find it here. It is not really Enigma, just a bootleg released under their name.

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Enigma is a German musical project founded in 1990 by Romanian-German musician and producer Michael Cretu. Cretu had released several solo records, collaborated with various artists, and produced albums for his then wife, German pop singer Sandra, before he conceived the idea of a New Age, Worldbeat project. He recorded the first Enigma studio album, MCMXC a.D. (1990), with contributions from David Fairstein and Frank Peterson. The album remains Enigma's biggest, helped by the international hit single, "Sadeness (Part I)", which sold 12 million units alone. According to Cretu, the inspiration for the creation of the project came from his desire to make a kind of music that did not obey "the old rules and habits" and presented a new form of artistic expression with mystic and experimental components.

Enigma followed MCMXC a.D. with a series of albums that involved several musicians and producers working with Cretu. The first was The Cross of Changes (1993), which incorporated tribal and ethnic influences and sold over 8 million copies worldwide, followed by Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! (1996), which blended together the Gregorian chants reminiscent from the first album and the strong intercultural soundscapes present in the second. Enigma's fourth album was The Screen Behind the Mirror, released in 2000, which started a slight departure from the previous world music themes towards a heavier electronic atmosphere. This evolution culminated with Voyageur, its fifth and more pop-based album, and 2006's A Posteriori, a work inspired by the future collision between the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, with distinct operatic tones and an electronic spectrum closer to Voyageur than the earlier releases. Seven Lives Many Faces, its seventh album, was released in 2008 and contained a mixture of classical and modern elements ranging from ethnic chants to rap and dubstep influences. Its eighth album, The Fall of a Rebel Angel, was announced for a November 2016 release.

Enigma has sold over 70 million records worldwide, reached 60 number 1 songs at the charts around the world and achieved over 100 Gold and Platinum certificates. The project has also received 3 Grammy nominations and is one of the best-selling musical acts of all time.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1990 MCMXC a.D. 4.85 20
1993 The Cross of Changes 4 6
1996 Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! 3.5 3
1998 Metamorphosis 1
2000 The Screen Behind the Mirror 3 4
2003 Voyageur 3.5 5
2006 A posteriori 4 5
2008 Seven Lives Many Faces 5 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Trilogy 1
2001 Love Sensuality Devotion: The Greatest Hits 4.75 4
2001 Remember the Future 1
2005 15 Years After 1
2009 The Platinum Collection 4
2013 Classic Album Selection 1

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 Love Sensuality Devotion: The Remix Collection 4 3
2001 Dance Hits & Remixes 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Sadeness, Part 1 5
1990 Sadness Part 1 1
1991 Mea Culpa, Part II 6
1991 Principles of Lust 5
1991 The Rivers of Belief 3
1993 Carly's Song 1
1993 Return to Innocence 4
1994 Age of Loneliness 5
1994 Out From the Deep 1
1994 The Eyes of Truth 3
1996 Beyond the Invisible 3
1997 T.N.T. for the Brain 1
1999 Gravity of Love 1
2000 Push the Limits 2
2001 Turn Around 1
2003 Voyageur 1
2003 Following the Sun 2
2004 Boum-Boum 2
2006 Hello + Welcome 1
2008 La puerta del cìelo / Seven Lives 1
2010 MMX (The Social Song) 5 1


Year Title RatingReleases
The Very Best Of Enigma 1

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