Age of Loneliness
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|"Age of Loneliness"|
|Single by Enigma|
|from the album The Cross of Changes|
|Released||August 8, 1994|
|Format||Compact disc, 7", 12"|
|Label||Virgin / EMI|
|Songwriter(s)||Jeremy Coleman, Michael Cretu, Anne Dudley|
|Enigma singles chronology|
The song can be regarded as a remixed version of an earlier Enigma song, "Carly's Song", where the song was originally more laid back and goes at a slower pace. The vocals in the song are whispered by Sandra Cretu.
The haunting chant in this song is of Mongolian origin and has a tinge of Gregorian chanting in it. It is from the Mongolian traditional long song, "Tosonguyn Oroygoor", sung by Dechinzundui Nadmid. For the "Enigmatic Club Mix", the beat of the song was pushed up a notch and laced generously with beeps of morse code throughout the song. The morse code spells out "I love you". For the "Jam & Spoon Remix", the song starts off with a short and relaxing piano piece. Although included in the "Age of Loneliness" single, it is exactly the same one found in the "Carly's Song" single.
The background of the single cover is mostly white (or beige) and has a tarot card placed in the centre. The figure in the card might be seen as a wizard at first glance, but the person is actually a thin Santa Claus conjuring up toys. The number "7" which appears at the four corners of the card indicates that the song is the seventh track in The Cross of Changes.
- Radio Edit – 4:14
- Clubby Radio Edit – 3:31
- Enigmatic Club Mix (128 bpm) – 6:23
- Jam & Spoon Remix (93 bpm) – 6:28
- Album Version – 5:19