Just Be

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This article is about the album by Tiësto. For its title track, see Just Be (song).
Just Be
Studio album by Tiësto
Released 6 April 2004 (2004-04-06)
Recorded 2004
Genre Trance
Length 78:47
Label Magik Muzik
Producer Tiësto, DJ Waakop Reijers
Tiësto chronology
In My Memory
(2001)
Just Be
(2004)
Parade of the Athletes
(2004)
Singles from Just Be
  1. "Traffic"
  2. "Love Comes Again"
  3. "Just Be"
  4. "Adagio for Strings"
  5. "UR / A Tear In The Open"
Music sample
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

Just Be is Tiësto's second artist album, released on 6 April 2004 in the Netherlands and 15 May 2004 in the USA (see 2004 in music). The album features BT, Kirsty Hawkshaw, and Aqualung on vocals. There is also a remake of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings". The album's singles were "Love Comes Again", "Traffic", "Just Be" (the title track), and "Adagio for Strings". The track "Sweet Misery" was originally written for Evanescence but it did not meet the deadline for the release of their album.[3]

Style[edit]

The album begins with "Forever Today" which is composed of soft sounds of strings which includes a strong bassline later in the song. Its second track, featuring Brian Transeau, is the second single from the album "Love Comes Again". The song uses Latin percussion sounds which are followed by BT's vocals. The third track is the uplifting "Traffic". Then he introduces his first work with Joanne Lloyd, titled "Sweet Misery", it is a chill out track with dark vocals and flowing synth lines, it is an unexpected break from the usually expected sounds of Tiësto. He continues by performing the title track of his previous album compilation Nyana.

Tiësto's first down tempo track in the album, "UR" features vocals of Matt Hales from Aqualung and was remixed by Junkie XL and released as a single with "A Tear In The Open" as its B-side. Another down tempo track in which Tiësto collaborated along half of Gabriel & Dresden, Josh Gabriel in "Walking on Clouds" and Kirsty Hawkshaw's vocals, the song was also released as an instrumental version. "A Tear In The Open" is played in track eight and was composed by Tiësto, Geert Huinink and Daniël Stewart. The title track "Just Be" features Hawkshaw again and became a successful song as it was included in Gabriel & Dresden's Nip / Tuck: Original TV Soundtrack. Then the final track of the album, "Adagio for Strings" begins with a hard pounding bassline which builds up until the heavenly melodic breakdown rises. The soft and charming sounds of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" has been featured in movies such as Platoon and on William Orbit's Pieces in a Modern Style album a couple of years back and is the perfect track to be covered by Tiesto.[4]

Music videos[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Tiësto, with additional production by DJ Waakop Reijers.[5]

Standard version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Forever Today"   Tiësto, Geert Huinink, Daniël Stewart 11:59
2. "Love Comes Again" (featuring BT) Tiësto, BT 8:15
3. "Traffic"   Tiësto 5:30
4. "Sweet Misery"   Tiësto, Dan Muckala, Jo Lloyd, Jon Ingoldsby 7:29
5. "Nyana"   Tiësto 6:44
6. "UR" (featuring Aqualung) Matt Hales, Tiësto, Naomi Striemer, Michael Scherchen 6:00
7. "Walking on Clouds" (featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw) Tiësto, Josh Gabriel, Kirsty Hawkshaw 7:27
8. "A Tear in the Open"   Tiësto, Huinink, Stewart 9:23
9. "Just Be" (featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw) Tiësto, Judie Tzuke, James Wiltshire, Hawkshaw 8:45
10. "Adagio for Strings"   Samuel Barber 7:23
Sample credits[5]
  • "Traffic" contains a sample from the track "Psykofuk" by Sean Deason.
  • "A Tear in the Open" contains a vocal sample from the track "Vocal Planet" by Spectrasonics.

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Netherlands Album Chart 1
Belgium Album Chart 2
Germany Album Chart 51
Hungary Album Chart 21
UK Album Chart 54
Billboard Top Heatseekers[7] 11
Billboard Top Heatseekers (Middle Atlantic)[8] 4
Billboard Top Heatseekers (Pacific)[9] 7
Billboard Top Heatseekers (Mountain)[10] 10
Billboard Top Heatseekers (South Atlantic)[11] 9
Billboard Top Heatseekers (Northeast)[12] 9
Billboard Top Electronic Albums[13] 3

Release history[edit]

Region[14] Date[15] Label[16] Format[17] Catalog[18]
Netherlands May 14, 2004 Magik Muzik CD, Album Magik Muzik CD 03
June 19, 2007 4 x vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Album Magik Muzik LP 07
June, 2004 4 x Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Album, Colored, Transparent Magik Muzik LP 03
United Kingdom May 17, 2004 Nebula CD, Album NEBCD9010
May 14, 2004 2 x Vinyl, 12" NEBT 9010
2 x Vinyl, 12" NEBTX 9010
United States June 1, 2004 Nettwerk America CD, Album 0 6700 30364 2 9
4 x Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition 0 6700 30378 1 5
Taiwan April 20, 2004 Avex Asia Ltd. 2 x CD, Album AVTCD-95757
2 x CD, Album AVICD60322/3
Spain May 20, 2004 Vale Music CD, Album VLCD 297-1
Japan April 16, 2004 Superb Tracks 2 x CD, Album, Copy Protected AVCD-17457/B
Switzerland June, 2004 Sirup CD, Album MV-SIR903562
Romania May 14, 2004 NRG!A CD, Album 3570-2
Australia June 7, 2004 Bang On! CD, Album BANGCD034
Germany and Europe 2004 Kontor Records CD, Limited Edition Kontor379
CD, Limited Edition, DVD Kontor379
Edel Records (Germany) CD, Album 0154992 KON
Poland Magic Records CD, Album 982013-2
Russia Dance Planet Ltd. CD, Album, Enhanced, Dance Planet Edition DPCD025-04
Germany (only) Kontor Records, Black Hole Recordings CD, Enhanced, DVD, DVD-Video, PAL none, Black Hole DVD 02/1

Just Be: Train Tour[edit]

The Just Be: Train Tour is a Tiësto tour in support of his album Just Be. The event began in Breda, on Thursday, May 20, Ascension Day; Tiësto was honored by the mayor of The Hague as an officer of the Royal-Nassau.[19] At 11:00 AM, everyone is on board and Tiësto's special train leaves from platform 1 to the first stop, Eindhoven. He is driven by a car with blacked out windows and escorted by two policemen on motorbikes, then he arrives at a stage built on a huge trailer of a truck housing with a huge sound system. Disc jockey Barry Paff from Radio 538 is says Tiësto will be there in five minutes. He finally appeared on stage and began spinning Traffic, followed by his first single from Just Be, Love Comes Again. He finishes his presentation and goes back to the train station toward his next stop in Utrecht. Utrecht is a small town for press purposes only, no one thought that he would play in there, but some people began to gather, as if the rumors were being spread, even though people started to realize about what was going on, Tiësto still played. Then he went back to the station to his final destination, Amsterdam. Some parts of the train were mini-discos complete with a bar and a sound system while others were relaxing zones to sit down and chat with other fans. Amsterdam is also the location for the last promotional stop and the official release party which will take place later that same night at the Heineken Music Hall. It's a venue that was nominated for the highest prize in the concert industry for the third consecutive time that year. Tiësto hosts his official release party which featured a set along with a special live PA by Kirsty Hawkshaw, and support from Black Hole Recordings' deejay's Cor Fijneman, Ton T.B., Mark Norman, Montana and Le Blanc.[20]

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