Seven Lives Many Faces

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Seven Lives Many Faces
Studio album by Enigma
Released 19 September 2008
Recorded 2007–2008
at various places with the "Alchemist" (all in one computed mobile studio)
Genre New Age, pop, electronica Downtempo Synthpop
Length 50:01
Label Virgin / EMI
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Producer Michael Cretu
Enigma chronology
Eppur si muove
(2006)
Seven Lives Many Faces
(2008)
The Platinum Collection
(2009)

Seven Lives Many Faces is a 2008 music album created by the musical project Enigma. It is Enigma's 7th album. The album was released on 19 September 2008 worldwide and on 30 September 2008 in North America. Michael Cretu stated that the new album will feature an omnicultural sound unlike anything on its previous releases. On 12 September, the album was released on Enigma's MySpace page for pre-listening.[citation needed] After enjoying a huge success on MySpace (with over 400,000 listens in 2 days), several international MTV and VH1 web sites started streaming the album until 22 September.[1]

Seven Lives Many Faces was also released in DVD format with 5.1 surround sound, similar to their previous album A posteriori.

Singles[edit]

The first 2 singles on the album are "Seven lives" and "La puerta del cielo." The videos for each song use scenes from Enigma previous videos, "Push the limits" for "Seven lives" and "Age of Loneliness" for "La puerta del cielo". The single for "The same parents" was released as the third single of the album .

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Allmusic's James Christopher Monger gave the album three stars out of five. While he praised the singles "Seven Lives" and "La Puerta del Cielo" calling them "quietly stunning", he found that in most cases "the new age, fortune-cookie derived lyrics... mirror the unimaginative, two-chord melodies that carry them along."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Encounters"   Michael Cretu 3:12
2. "Seven Lives"   Cretu 4:25
3. "Touchness"   Cretu 3:35
4. "The Same Parents"   Cretu 5:19
5. "Fata Morgana"   Cretu 3:23
6. "Hell's Heaven"   Cretu 3:51
7. "La Puerta del Cielo"   Cretu, Margalida Roig 3:28
8. "Distorted Love"   Cretu, Andru Donalds 4:11
9. "Je t'aime Till My Dying Day"   Cretu, Donalds 4:18
10. "Déjà Vu"   Cretu 2:56
11. "Between Generations"   Cretu, Roig 4:31
12. "The Language of Sound" (6:52 track length includes bonus track "Where Are We From") Cretu 4:20
Total length:
50:01
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Length
13. "Epilogue"   1:57

Bonus disc[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Cretu. 

No. Title Length
1. "Superficial"   2:58
2. "We Are Nature"   3:51
3. "Downtown Silence"   2:08
4. "Sunrise"   2:38
5. "The Language of Sound (Slow Edit)"   3:56
Total length:
15:31

Credits[edit]

  • Michael Cretu - performance, production
Additional personnel
  • Photography – Rosemary Robenn
  • Artwork By – Dirk Rudolph
  • Voice – Andru Donalds (tracks: 2, 4, 8, 9), Nanuk (tracks: 4, 9), Nikita C. (tracks: 4), Sebastian C. (tracks: 4), Margarita Roig (tracks: 7, 11)

[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Austria Albums Chart[4] 30
France Albums Chart[4] 93
Germany Albums Chart[4] 15
Italy Albums Chart[4] 36
Mexico Albums Chart[4] 59
Netherlands Albums Chart[4] 22
Poland Albums Chart[4] 48
Portugal Albums Chart[4] 29
Spain Albums Chart[4] 75
Switzerland Albums Chart[4] 18
US Top New Age Albums[5] 1
USA Billboard Top 200[5] 92

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
GCC (IFPI Middle East)[6] Gold 3,000*
Russia (NFPF)[7] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date
Worldwide 19 September 2008
North America 30 September 2008

DVD release[edit]

The entire album was released on DVD, with claimed 5.1 surround sound. Unlike previous DVD release called A Posteriori, Seven Lives, Many Faces features video movies to each song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ENIGMA New Album Pre-Listening on MTV Sites Around the World!! by ENIGMA on Myspace". myspace.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. Seven Lives Many Faces at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  3. ^ Enigma – Seven Lives Many Faces
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Enigma - Seven Lives Many Faces - Music Charts". acharts.us. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Billboard.com
  6. ^ "IFPI Middle East Awards – 2009". IFPI Middle East. 
  7. ^ "Russian album certifications – Enigma – Seven Lives Many Faces" (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers (NFPF).