The Cross of Changes

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The Cross of Changes
Studio album by Enigma
Released 6 December 1993
Recorded A.R.T. Studios, Ibiza, 1993
Genre New-age, new wave, ambient
Length 44:12
Label Virgin
Charisma (US)
Producer Michael Cretu
Enigma chronology
MCMXC a.D.
(1990)
The Cross of Changes
(1993)
Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!
(1996)
Singles from The Cross of Changes
  1. "Return to Innocence"
    Released: 4 January 1994
  2. "The Eyes of Truth"
    Released: 8 April 1994
  3. "Age of Loneliness"
    Released: 8 August 1994
  4. "Out from the Deep"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[2]

The Cross of Changes is the second studio album by the musical project Enigma. after MCMXC a.D., released three years earlier.

The most notable songs on the album are "Return to Innocence", which was released as a single and featured in several film soundtracks, "Age of Loneliness (Carly's Song)" which was written especially for the film Sliver and included on its soundtrack and "The Eyes of Truth" which was also used as the music on the trailer for the film The Matrix[citation needed] The song "Out From the Deep" was the final song released from the album, although it was only available in a handful of territories.

A more rock-infused sound is present in The Cross of Changes, and the Gregorian chants from the previous album were replaced with ethnic-style world chants.

Track listing[edit]

Original album[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Second Chapter"   Curly M.C. 2:16
2. "The Eyes of Truth"   Curly 7:13
3. "Return to Innocence"   Curly, Kuo Ying-nan, Kuo Hsiu-chu 4:17
4. "I Love You ... I'll Kill You"   Curly, David Fairstein 8:51
5. "Silent Warrior"   Curly 6:10
6. "The Dream of the Dolphin"   Curly, Fairstein 2:47
7. "Age of Loneliness (Carly's Song)"   Curly 5:22
8. "Out from the Deep"   Curly 4:53
9. "The Cross of Changes"   Curly 2:23
Total length:
44:12

Special Limited Edition[edit]

Released on 21 November 1994 on a 24-carat gold plated disc with three additional remixes.

All songs written and composed by Curly M.C.. 

No. Title Length
10. "Return to Innocence (Long & Alive Version)"   7:07
11. "Age of Loneliness (Enigmatic Club Mix)"   6:23
12. "The Eyes of Truth (The Götterdämmerung Mix)"   7:18

Singles[edit]

Samples[edit]

The discogs website lists the following samples used in the album:[3]

  • The Eyes of Truth Contains samples of "Habebe" and "A Survivor's Tale" by Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman from the album "Songs From The Victorious City". Vocal sample (Mongolian chant) taken from "Alsyn Gazryn Zereglee" as performed by Adilbish Nergui. Chorus taken from "Götterdämmerung" (The Twilight Of The Gods) composed by Richard Wagner. NASA retransmissions sampled from "Mare Tranquillitatis" Performed by Vangelis. Also contains a sample of "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)" performed by U2.
  • Return to Innocence Contains samples of "Jubilant Drinking Song" performed by Kuo Ying-nan and Kuo Hsiu-chu. Also contains samples of "Pinta. Nina Santa Maria (Into Eternity)" performed by Vangelis.
  • I Love You ... I'll Kill You contains samples from Fading Lights from the Genesis album, We Can't Dance
  • Silent Warrior Contains samples of "The Ghost Dance", a Native American war chant.
  • Age of Loneliness Contains a sample of "Habebe" by Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman from the album "Songs From The Victorious City". Vocal sample (Mongolian chant) taken from "Tosonguyn Oroygoor" Performed by Dechinzundui Nadmid.
  • Out from the Deep Contains samples of "The Calling" Performed by A Positive Life and of the album "Songs From The Victorious City" by Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman.
  • I Love You ... I'll Kill You contains samples of the harmonica of the song "The Wizard" by Black Sabbath.

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced & engineered by Michael Cretu
  • All Songs Published By Enigma Songs, except track 4 (Enigma Songs-Wanho Music) and track 7 (Ensign Music/Data Alpha-Wanho)

Release history[edit]

Release Date
Original album 6 December 1993
Special Limited Edition 21 November 1994

Charts and certifications[edit]

Album[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[4] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[5] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[6] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[7] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[8] Gold 50,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[9] Platinum 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[10] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[11] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[14] Platinum 1,000,000*
World Wide 8,000,000[15]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Singles[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position Certifications
1994 "Age of Loneliness" Hot Dance Music / Club Play 30
"Return to Innocence" Modern Rock Tracks 2 US: Gold[16]
Rhythmic Top 40 15
The Billboard Hot 100 4
Top 40 Mainstream 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Cross of Changes at AllMusic
  2. ^ "The Cross of Changes Review | Music Reviews and News | EW.com". ew.com. 18 February 1994. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  3. ^ List of samples and proper credits, as found at discogs
  4. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Enigma – Cross Of Changes" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Enigma in the field Interpret. Enter Cross Of Changes in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Enigma – The Cross of Chances". Music Canada. 
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Enigma – Cross of Changes" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Enigma; 'The Cross of Changes')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  8. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Enigma – The Cross of Changes" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  9. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Enigma – The Cross of Changes" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  10. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  11. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Enigma; 'The Cross of Changes')". Hung Medien. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Enigma – The Cross of Changes". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Cross of Changes in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Enigma – Cross of Changes". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1996". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 
  15. ^ "Enigma - Discography, biography, music, MP3s, members, pictures & videos at SoundUnwound". soundunwound.com. Retrieved 9 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Enigma – Return to Innocence". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Under the Pink by Tori Amos
UK number one album
19 February 1994 – 25 February 1994
Succeeded by
Music Box by Mariah Carey