Enigma - The Cross Of Changes

Enigma – Return to Innocence

Let’s go on a sweet, comforting and hopeful four minutes long journey. A lot can be said about the beautiful mix of musical styles here, but my purpose with the Weekly Song is to just seed the first thoughts and let the listeners judge the rest for themselves. For this melody, if I’d have to wrap my review in a single word, that word would be “harmony”.

Few songs from the electronic music genre have reached the philosophical depths probed by Enigma’s lyrics. This is one of their strongest melodies. For me, it’s up there with the best of all time.

This is also one of the few Weekly Songs that have been popular hits. However, when this tune topped music charts around Europe and the world, there was an unfortunate side-effect. Legal vultures attacked Michael Cretu for using samples from the Ami tribe in Taiwan. He initially wanted his identity to remain secret, in accordance with the name of his musical project. But this intention was ruined by yet another, earlier, even worse legal attack^. It’s sad when laws tamper with art projects. I’m quite sure these disputes could have been settled amicably.

“Don’t care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don’t give up and use the chance
To return to innocence

That’s not the beginning of the end
That’s the return to yourself
The return to innocence”

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