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article imageReview: Dash Berlin superb on new studio album 'We Are (Part 1)'

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 31, 2014 in Music
EDM sensation, DJ and producer Dash Berlin is back with his newest studio album "We Are (Part 1)" and it is a dance music masterpiece.
His latest full-length album was released on August 29, via his record label, Armada Music. It opens with the stellar lead single "Here Tonight," a collaboration with Jay Cosmic and Collin McLoughlin, on lead vocals. "Here Tonight" made Digital Journal's list of Top 5 electronic dance music singles of the year, and rightfully so.
It continues with "Underneath The Sky," featuring Christon Rigby on baritone vocals, which is soothing and has an ambient vibe to it. "Never Let You Go," with songwriter and producer BullySongs, has catchy hooks and synth beats.
Another top-notch track on the album is the melodically-stunning and optimistic "People of the Night," where Berlin collaborates with the ever-talented Chris Arnott. In "Somehow," Heather Bright, also known as Bright Lights, lends her elegant and breathy vocals on the track, and it compliments Berlin's electronic instrumentation well.
In the ambient and laid-back "Earth Meets Water," the listener can easily recall such singer-songwriters as Five for Fighting (John Ondrasik) and Chris Martin from Coldplay.
"Leave It All Behind," which features Adam Jensen, has the potential to cross over in the pop and adult contemporary radio airwaves, due to its radio-friendly nature.
The closing track, "Shelter," a collaboration with Gareth Emery's sister, Roxanne Emery," is a heart-tugging ballad, yet it has an optimistic theme of loyalty. Vocally, the listener can recall Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts." "I'll be there if you fall, And if you walk a lonely road, Know that you're not alone, Cause I'll be your shelter, Your shelter from the storm," Emery sings.
It is available for purchase on iTunes, by clicking here.
The Verdict
Overall, Dash Berlin's We Are (Part 1) album is well-crafted collection of dance music songs that was well-produced and all singers shine on the lead vocals. The production is brilliant and his songs were carefully collected, and they all have their own identities. It ranks as one of my favorite EDM full-length CDs released this year, along with ATB's Contact and Gareth Emery's Drive. I look forward to the second installment of Berlin's We Are project, and hopefully, it will be released in the near future. It garners an A rating, and it is recommended for all fans of electronic dance music.
For more information on Dash Berlin and his new music, visit his official website.
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