Elements of Life

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Elements of life
Studio album by
Released6 April 2007 (2007-04-06)
GenreProgressive trance[1]
  • 78:58 (standard version)
  • 99:01 (limited edition)
LabelMagik Muzik
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • BT
Tiësto chronology
In Search of Sunrise 5: Los Angeles
Elements of life
In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza
Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]

Elements of Life is the third studio album by Dutch DJ Tiësto. It was released on 6 April 2007 (see 2007 in music). The album contains collaborations with Jes of 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 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]


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]


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] 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.[13] 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.[14] It was announced in October 2014 that the album would be reissued as a High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc in December 2014, featuring a brand new 9.1 Auro-3D mix as well as a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Both surround mixes are presented at 24-bit/96 kHz resolution.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Standard version
1."Ten Seconds Before Sunrise"
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
2."Everything" (featuring JES)
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • Jes Brieden
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • Brieden
3."Do You Feel Me" (featuring Julie Thompson)
  • Tiësto
  • Julie Thompson
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • Thompson[a]
4."Carpe Noctum"
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
5."Driving to Heaven"
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
6."Sweet Things" (featuring Charlotte Martin)
  • Tiësto
  • BT
  • Charlotte Martin
  • BT
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij[b]
7."Bright Morningstar"
  • Tiësto
  • BT
  • BT
  • Tiësto
8."Break My Fall" (featuring BT)
  • Tiësto
  • BT
  • BT
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij[b]
9."In the Dark" (featuring Christian Burns)
  • Tiësto
  • Christian Burns
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
10."dance4life" (featuring Maxi Jazz)
  • Maxi Jazz
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
11."Elements of Life"
  • Tiësto
  • DJ Waakop Reijers-Fraaij
12."He's a Pirate" (Tiësto Remix) (bonus track)Tiësto[c]7:01
  • ^[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 certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Netherlands 6 April 2007 Magik Muzik Standard edition CD Magik Muzik CD 07
Magik Muzik CD 07S
Limited edition CD with bonus disc Magik Muzik CD 07/2
19 June 2007 Limited edition 4×vinyl LP Magik Muzik LP 07
2007 Limited edition CD CD 07RBK
Japan 28 March 2007 CD Magik Muzik CD 07
Superb Trax 2×CD AVCD-23213-4
Avex Taiwan Inc. CD+DVD AVICD60439DB
Russia 2007 Dance Planet Ltd. CD DP068-07
Germany 6 April 2007 Kontor 0180732KON
United Kingdom 16 April 2007 Nebula NEBCD9015
May 2007 12" vinyl sampler NEBT9015
Norway 2007 DJ Beat CD DJB077CD
Lithuania 15 May 2007 Bomba BBCD225
United States 10 April 2007 Ultra UL 1515-2
Romania NRG!A 4088-2
Roton 4088-2

See also[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 Review 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. Archived from the original on 2007-12-12.
  7. ^ "Elements of Life Gold Status". Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  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. Archived from the original on 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
  13. ^ "New Hot Reebok 'Run the DJ Tiësto' Online". Central Station. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
  14. ^ "Tiësto announces release of Elements of Life Remixed". tiesto.com. Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  15. ^ "Tiësto's Album "Elements of Life" available in Auro-3D® as of December 2014". Auro-3D.com. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  16. ^ "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Original Soundtrack - CD - Original Soundtrack".
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h "ultratop.be - Tiësto - Elements Of Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  18. ^ "irishcharts.com - Discography Tiësto". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  19. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Elements Of Life by Tiesto Search". The Official Charts Company. 2 August 2014.
  20. ^ a b c "Tiesto | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  21. ^ "DJ Tiësto - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  22. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2007". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2007" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
  24. ^ "Polish album certifications – Tiësto – Elements of Life" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.

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

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