Tri-State (album)

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Studio album by Above & Beyond
Released 6 March 2006
Recorded London, England
(Fortress Studios)
Genre Trance, progressive trance
Length 74:39
Label Anjunabeats
Producer Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, Paavo Siljamäki
Above & Beyond chronology
Group Therapy
(2011)Group Therapy2011
Singles from Tri-State
  1. "Air for Life"
    Released: 18 July 2005
  2. "Alone Tonight"
    Released: 1 March 2006
  3. "Can't Sleep"
    Released: 3 July 2006
  4. "Good For Me"
    Released: 12 March 2007
  5. "Home"
    Released: 22 October 2007

Tri-State is the debut studio album by the British progressive trance group Above & Beyond, released on 6 March 2006.[1][2] The album features collaborations with Zoë Johnston, Richard Bedford, Carrie Skipper and progressive trance producer Andy Moor, known for his work with Tilt and as half of Leama & Moor. The first single from the album, "Air for Life", was released on 18 July 2005[3] and was voted Tune of the Year in 2005 on Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show.[4] The single "Good For Me (Above & Beyond Club Mix)", featuring Zoë Johnston was voted Tune of the Year in 2006 on Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show.[5] During New Year's Eve in 2007, Above & Beyond performed at Barra Beach, Rio de Janeiro, to an estimated crowd of a million people where they showcased tracks from Tri-State alongside with their previous singles.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Jon O' Brien from AllMusic described the album as "echoing the sleek, electronic rhythms, melodic vocals, and lush, ethereal production of BT and Delirium [sic]", whose tracks are a "combination of uplifting club anthems and hypnotic instrumentals".[7] BBC's Andy Puleston wrote that together with singles "Air For Life" and "Alone Tonight", Tri-State was a "sterling effort" to create a record that defines trance music the same way Faithless and Orbital did with their respective genres, but nevertheless "does little to deviate or expand on the brief".[8]

In a 10-year-anniversary revisit of the album, Christina Hernandez from Dancing Astronaut dubbed "Good For Me" as "one of Above & Beyond’s top pieces of all time", and noted Richard Bedford's vocals on "Alone Tonight" whose "voice on it will continue to be listed among Above & Beyond’s most memorable compositions". She also called "Can't Sleep" as a "winning track from Tri-State", having been nominated to the top three trance tracks of 2006 on A State of Trance.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Tri-State"     4:11
2. "Stealing Time"     7:11
3. "World on Fire"     4:43
4. "Air For Life" (with Andy Moor) Andy Moor Andy Moor 7:27
5. "Can't Sleep" Ashley Tomberlin   7:23
6. "Hope"     4:28
7. "Liquid Love"     6:42
8. "In the Past"     2:30
9. "Alone Tonight"     6:22
10. "Good For Me" Zoë Johnston Zoë Johnston 5:40
11. "For All I Care"     5:50
12. "Indonesia"     5:01
13. "Home" Hannah Thomas   7:11
Total length: 74:39


Credits adapted from AllMusic[7] & Discogs[9]


  1. ^ "Tri-State by Above & Beyond on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  2. ^ a b Hernandez, Christina. "'Tri-State' Turns 10: Revisiting Above & Beyond's Legendary Debut Album". Dancing Astronaut. Archived from the original on 2017-01-07. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Above & Beyond Vs. Andy Moor – Air For Life". Discogs. Archived from the original on 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Episode 228 (Top 20 of 2005)". A State of Trance. Archived from the original on 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Episode 280 (Top 20 of 2006)". A State of Trance. Archived from the original on 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  6. ^ "10 Moments That Defined Above & Beyond". DJ Mag. Archived from the original on 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  7. ^ a b "Tri-State - Above & Beyond". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2015-11-12. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  8. ^ Puleston, Andy (2006-03-06). "Above and Beyond Tri State Review". BBC. Archived from the original on 2016-01-09. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  9. ^ "Above & Beyond – Tri-State". Discogs. Archived from the original on 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 

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