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A State of Trance 2008
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Van Buuren, current #1 DJ and one of the biggest names in the dance music world, keeps raising the bar with his fresh trance sounds and cutting edge mixes. This is the next chapter in his annual mix album series and a must have for electronic music fans. A double disc continuous mix of this year's hottest trance tunes from a stellar line up, including Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren, DJ Shah Feat. Adrina Thorpe, Rio Addicts, Sunlounger, Albert Vorne, Michael Dow, Nic Chagall, Lost Witness, and more.

Van Buuren,2008's #1 DJ and one of the biggest names in the Dance music world, keeps raising the bar with his fresh Trance sounds and cutting edge mixes. This is the next chapter in his annual mix album series and a must have for electronic music fans. A double disc continuous mix of this year's hottest Trance tunes from a stellar line up, including Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren, DJ Shah Feat. Adrina Thorpe, Rio Addicts, Sunlounger, Albert Vorne, Michael Dow, Nic Chagall, Lost Witness, and more.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great as always
    I am sure that for those who have bought all the A State of Trance collection this CD will not disappoint anyone....more info
  • Havent heard an album like this in a while
    Ill start off by saying that i havent always been the biggest fan of Armin Van Buuren's ASOT (A State Of Trance) series. They always sounded kind of shallow or cheezy, and played more like a random compilation. I am more a fan of deeper progressive trance DJs that can tell a story with their track selection and mixing abilities, like Sasha, Digweed, Above and Beyond, and Markus Schulz. I will say that the ASOT series has gotten progressively better each year. Last year's 2007 ASOT was pretty good, but still didnt quite meet my expectations. His newest offering takes the series to a whole new level that the previous ones never seemed to quite reach. This ASOT is by far the best of the series. Armin's taste and mixing abilities have matured by leaps and bounds from his last ASOT. For once, he exceeded my expectations. CD1 is phenomenal from start to finish. I can honestly say i havent heard a CD that has held my undivided attention from start to finish since Markus Schulz Ibiza 2006 CD1. CD2 is also extremely good, but i prefer the 1st one personally. If you are a fan of Progressive trance, buy this album. You will not be disappointed. ...more info
  • Not his best bust still its the #1 DJ
    I find myself wanting more out or this album. The songs he picked are great a good range of artists, just didn't mix it up as well as he has done in the past. I found that both cds had very little variation like they have had in the past which i have loved. Maybe a little too much time on Imagine left him less time for this album....more info
  • One of the better ASOTs
    This album is amazing despite some odd tracks on both CDs. You will appreciate most of the vocals, which are instant classics.

    The first CD starts with two mind blowing songs, slows down with the third track and picks back up with 'Amazon Dawn'. The highlight of the first CD has to be 'These Shoulders' with Julie Thompson's sexy voice and a dark underlying beat. Armin completes the CD with powerful vocals by Sarah Howells. The only disappointing tracks on the first CD are 'Bittersweet Nightshade' and 'Cygnes'.

    The second CD is not as strong as 'On the Beach' and does not start with the same pleasant melody and beat as the first track on the album. The CD becomes more palatable by the middle of the second track. The following track, 'For Your Love' has a deep sexy beat and will definitely send chills down your spine. After this delightful track, however, the album begins to lose its appeal. It seems as if Armin strung together half-complete songs at the last minute. The second CD, while a good compilation, needs more work to even begin comparing to the first....more info
  • Listen to It All the TIme
    I am listening to this CD all the time. I am fan of Armin, and this is one of his great works. ...more info
  • Very well done
    Armin mixes together some of the slower songs of 2008, or uses slower remixes in this album to make a very laid back and calm mix. While I am not a huge fan of slower music, I still find my self playing this album often....more info
  • Flawless.
    Is it possible to start a whole new religion based on an audio cd? If so, this is the strongest contender to make it happen. Wonderful whispy female vocals, captivating synths. It is hard to ignore mr Van Buuren after this release. Not recommended for highway use! It will actually put you in a trance! Buy and enjoy. You can thank me later, at mass....more info
  • Have ASOT 2005 to 2008....My favorite is this one
    I will not elaborate too much since it has been reviewed in detail by others. As my title of my review says: this album is THE BOMB. I know that taste is different for everyone. Regardless if you like Mr. Van Buuren's work or trance/dance you will not regret a penny of the purchase. Congrats Armin, I didn't think you could pull it off after the previous amazing albums!!
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  • There is something amiss with Armin's SOT 2008
    Let me start by saying I own just about everything this DJ has released. Most are quite good.

    A state of Trance 2008 is ok. The 1st CD is about what you would expect from Armin's "On the Beach" CD. A bit laid back. The problem is that has gone so electronica that maybe it has lost it's uniqueness. After a few listens, I find myself bypassing tracks. This is rare for me.

    CD2 is just amiss. The songs are very over-produced and lack anything to grab on to and feel like "Yeah, now it's time to crank up the volume". It is very lackluster. The songs sound very generic and full of the same loops, over and over again.

    Quite honestly the pose on the CD cover fits what I think Armin must be feeling. "What can I do, I need to do something different and unique". Unfortionately, this isn't the way. Believe me when I say that you will find CD1 "On the Beach" satisfying to a point. You will listen to CD2 "At the Club" several times, often asking yourself, where is the buildup to a climax. The music never builds. It feels like track 1 just kind of morphs throughout the CD and none of the songs are that great.

    A State of Trance 2007 leaps over this release in many ways. Only those with money to spare should get this at the price. Wait for it to go to the bargain bin. It is simply Armin Confused 2008....more info
  • Definitely not a #1
    You don't have to be a top dj in the world to put someone else's tracks on a cd and start selling it. All you need is a name and Armin finally has it. Soo now he is selling... almost as well as Tiesto does. Glad I didn't buy this one because ASOT 2007 was a complete waste of money.
    Although, I have to say I like a few tracks here

    Thomas Bronzwaer "Certitude"
    Giuseppe Ottaviani "No More Alone"
    Markus Schulz "The New World"

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  • Fabolous!
    Here we go again. Another amazing mix by AVB. Nothing more, nothing less. Very similiar to his 2 hour set on November 1, 2008 Fabolous Festival Las Vegas. To hear this set on an incredible sound system makes it 100 times better! Thanks again AVB!...more info
  • Armin's Best ASOT Since ASOT 2005
    His best since 2005. The previous two were very spotty, but were still decent mix sets. 2004 and 2005 ASOT definitely have been his best so far. This one is more consistent, and Disc 2 shines the most. I'm all ready for ASOT 2009!

    Definitely check out: George Acosta, Christopher Lawrence, The Thrillseekers ("Nightmusic Vol. 3" - Best of '08), DJ Micro, Solarstone....more info