Elements of Life

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Elements of life
Studio album by Tiësto
Released 6 April 2007 (2007-04-06)
Recorded 2007
Genre Progressive trance[1]
Length 78:58 (standard version)
99:01 (limited edition)
Label Magik Muzik
Producer Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij, BT
Tiësto chronology
Just Be: Remixed
(2006)
Elements of Life
(2007
Elements of Life: Remixed
(2008)
Singles from Elements of Life
  1. "He's a Pirate (Tiësto Remix)"
  2. "Dance4life"
  3. "In the Dark"
  4. "Break My Fall"
  5. "Sweet Things"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC (favorable)[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
PopMatters (5/10)[5]

Elements of Life is the third studio album produced by Dutch trance artist Tiësto, released on 6 April 2007 (see 2007 in music). The album contains collaborations with Jes of Gabriel & Dresden's project Motorcycle, Julie Thompson of Holden & Thompson, Charlotte Martin, Christian Burns, BT, and Maxi Jazz of Faithless. BT collaborates with Tiësto for the first time since Love Comes Again, and Faithless's rapper/singer Maxi Jazz is featuring on Dance4Life. The album has more tracks featuring vocals than previous albums (excluding the remixed Just Be).

The album was nominated in the category "Best Electronic/Dance Album" at the 50th Grammy Awards.[6] In April 2007 the album moved 72,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album also received gold certifications in Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands, and Romania.[7]

Production[edit]

During the production of the album Tiësto in several cases sent a demo with the music to certain artists, and they replied back with the lyrics and vocals and other duration times. In the case of Christian Burns from BB Mak, Tiësto met him through MySpace and got in contact with him and the production of the single "In the Dark".[8] The album consists of rock, trance and experimental music, which shows the style Tiësto has grown throughout the years since his previous albums which contained lyrics, In My Memory and Just Be. Producer Brian Transeau collaborated with Tiësto in three tracks, he composed "Bright Morningstar" and "Sweet Things", he also performed the vocals in the single "Break My Fall". Together, they produce more tracks which were not released in the album, and Tiësto has mentioned they would work again during the coming summer.[9]

It's a very experimental piece of work and combines the style of rock with trance and electronic, this is the first time that I have combined these different genres. I have always liked rock music so it made sense.

—said Tiësto[10]

Marketing[edit]

In support of the album, he embarked on his Elements of Life World Tour, the Elements of Life World Tour DVD was released in a party which was held on 29 February 2008 from 8 p.m. - 3 a.m. in London at the IndigO2 club.[11] With the successful release of Elements of Life, Tiësto and fashion designer Giorgio Armani collaborated on a limited edition Tiësto T-shirt available at Armani Exchange stores. His single "Sweet Things" comes with the shirt including an exclusive "A|X Remix" by Tom Cloud which shows the great influence Tiësto has in fashion culture.[12] The charity raised over [13] Tiësto and Reebok introduced the new 'Tiësto shoe' in November 2007. The shoebox comes with a special limited-edition Tiësto & Reebok CD, containing the Elements of Life album and the bonus disc. Only 1,000 pair units were available for sale in Netherlands.[14] On 28 April, Tiësto released Elements of Life: Remixed, a recompilation of the Elements of Life album with all songs except "He's a Pirate" being replaced by remixed versions, and "He's a Pirate" being replaced by "No More Heroes", a joint production with mute performer trio Blue Man Group.[15]

Music videos[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Standard version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Ten Seconds Before Sunrise"   Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij 7:31
2. "Everything" (featuring JES) Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij, Jes Brieden Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij, Brieden 7:01
3. "Do You Feel Me" (featuring Julie Thompson) Tiësto, Julie Thompson, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij, Thompson[a] 6:03
4. "Carpe Noctum"   Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij 7:03
5. "Driving to Heaven"   Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij 4:42
6. "Sweet Things" (featuring Charlotte Martin) Tiësto, BT, Charlotte Martin BT, Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij[b] 5:42
7. "Bright Morningstar"   Tiësto, BT BT, Tiësto 8:19
8. "Break My Fall" (featuring BT) Tiësto, BT BT, Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij[b] 7:14
9. "In the Dark" (featuring Christian Burns) Tiësto, Christian Burns, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij 4:36
10. "Dance4life" (featuring Maxi Jazz) Maxi Jazz, Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij 5:22
11. "Elements of Life"   Tiësto, Geert Huinink, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij 8:25
12. "He's a Pirate" (Tiësto Remix) (bonus track) Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt, Geoffrey Zanelli Tiësto[c] 7:01
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies a remixer
  • In some territories (including the United States), track 12 is "He's a Pirate" (7:00), a remix of the theme music of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl also featured on the CD single, and on initial retail shipments of Best Buy's exclusive version of the movie soundtrack.[16] "Everything (Acoustic Version)" is excluded.
  • The Limited Edition version contains the original album with the remix of "He's a Pirate" and a bonus disc.

Charts and certification[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Netherlands 6 April 2007 Magik Muzik CD, Album Magik Muzik CD 07
CD, Album Magik Muzik CD 07S
CD, Limited Edition, Bonus Disc Magik Muzik CD 07/2
19 June 2007 4 x vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Album Magik Muzik LP 07
2007 CD, Limited Edition Album CD 07RBK
Japan 28 March 2007 CD, Album Magik Muzik CD 07
Superb Trax 2 x CD AVCD-23213-4
Avex Taiwan Inc. CD, Album, DVD, NTSC, Bonus Disc AVICD60439DB
Russia 2007 Dance Planet Ltd. CD, Album DP068-07
Germany 6 April 2007 Kontor Records CD, Album 0180732KON
United Kingdom 16 April 2007 Nebula Records CD, Album NEBCD9015
May 2007 2 x vinyl, 12", Sampler NEBT9015
May 2007 2 x vinyl, 12", Sampler NEBTX9015
Norway 2007 DJ Beat Records Scandinavia CD, Album DJB077CD
Lithuania 15 May 2007 Bomba Records (Lithuania) CD, Album BBCD225
United States April 10, 2007 Ultra Records CD, Album UL 1515-2
Romania 10 April 2007 NRG!A CD, Album 4088-2
Roton CD, Album 4088-2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Elements of Life: Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tiesto - Elements of Life CD Review". About.com. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, Paul (May 10, 2007). "BBC - Music Reivew of Tiësto - Elements of Life". BBC. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (April 6, 2007). "Elements of Life: Music Review: Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ Schiller, Mike (July 6, 2007). "PopMatters review". PopMatters. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "50th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominations List". The Recording Academy. 2007-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Elements of Life Gold Status". 
  8. ^ "Dance Music About". 
  9. ^ "Brian Transeau". 
  10. ^ "1 Interview". 
  11. ^ "Tiësto announces release Elements of Life World Tour DVD". tiesto.com. Archived from the original on 2008-01-22. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  12. ^ "ARMANI EXCHANGE AND Tiësto TEAM UP TO "REMIX THE FUTURE" AND SUPPORT MERCY CORPS". styletraxx.com. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  13. ^ "Charity". 
  14. ^ "New Hot Reebok 'Run the DJ Tiësto' Online". Central Station. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  15. ^ "Tiësto announces release of Elements of Life Remixed". tiesto.com. Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  16. ^ "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Original Soundtrack - CD - Original Soundtrack". 
  17. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2007". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  18. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2007" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. 
  19. ^ "Polish album certifications – Tiësto – Elements of Life" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 

7. 72,000 albums sold in the U.S. http://www.tiesto.com/

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