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Paul Van Dyk
The Best Of Paul Van Dyk
Ultra Records
www.paulvandyk.com


Electronica artist Paul Van Dyk is the Merlin among techno-pop crofters. His latest compilation, The Best Of Paul Van Dyk, is filled with gyrating dance tracks and parachutes of techno-pop clips producing sonic rays shooting off like a massive laser-light show. Van Dyk has the energizing club-generated cycling of Fatboy Slim, the sparkly electro-pop tumblers of The Chemical Brothers, and the shimmery cinematography of Andrei Lanes. Featuring a gambit of original tracks, The Best Of Paul Van Dyk shows that Van Dyk has his fingers in the batter of new age dance-pop. Comprised of two discs with disc 1 containing tracks from his own vault and disc 2 furnishing tracks that Van Dyk wrote for other artists, including U2's "Elevation" and Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around Comes Around," Van Dyk's compilation covers a wide range of his material and all of it is programmed to create a Moulin Rouge style light show.

Tracks like "Home" and "Let Go" are configured with pulsating club beats and a string of cosmic explosions groomed with a futuristic tint. The electro-pop magnetic fields of "For An Angel" and "White Lies" are embellished with shooting diamond-like sparks and a profusion of exhilarating robotic sound effects. He fastens dance-pop endorphins in tracks like "Forbidden Fruit" and "Together We Will Conquer," which recall '80s new wavers like Erasure and Depeche Mode, whom Van Dyk recorded "Martyr" with, bringing out the cavernous pitch of Dave Gahan's register. The fiery rhythmic strikes and techno-pop laurels wreathing "We Are Alive" and "Time Of Our Lives" are encrusted with nitric raptures and glistening streaks, all of which have become Van Dyk's calling card.

The Best Of Paul Van Dyk is imprinted with tracks that resonate in full bloom. It is Van Dyk's best material in his 15-year run in the music industry, bundled up in a tidy package for fans, and anyone else who enjoys sonic light shows.

-Susan Frances

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