The Screen Behind the Mirror

Virgin Germany
Release date
11 Oct 2004
Running length
11 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Gate 1:56 57,372
2 Push the Limits 3:48 104,024
3 Gravity Of Love.. 3:58 14,528
4 Smell Of Desire 4:32 100,655
5 Modern Crusaders 3:53 78,528
6 Traces (Light and Weight) 4:13 54,142
7 The Screen Behind the Mirror 3:05 62,216
8 Endless Quest 3:02 55,878
9 Camera Obscura 1:27 47,097
10 Between Mind and Heart 4:08 12,325
11 Silence Must Be Heard 4:46 99,643

About this album

The Screen Behind the Mirror is a 1999 music album created by the musical project Enigma. Recorded at the A.R.T. Studios in Ibiza, Spain, it was released worldwide by Virgin Records.

Supporters of the album credited it as the most mature album Michael Cretu had created, while critics lamented the use of extensive samples from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, even though it only appears on four out of the eleven tracks on the album.

“The Gate” begins the album with its trademark Enigma horn, fused together with Elisabeth Houghton narrating astronomical facts about the fourth planet from the sun, Mars, similar to the ending title track of Vangelis’ album, Albedo 0.39. “O Fortuna, velut Luna, statu variabilis” cuts into it rather abruptly and loudly, and ends quickly for the voice to continue the recital unfazed, as it continues deep into the next song, “Push the Limits” for 24 seconds.

“Push the Limits” introduces first a high-paced beat, first some snare drums and then several other layers of music gradually to form a complex and multilayered track. Elisabeth Houghton whispers the lyrics to the song and this brings in a presumably mellow voice (Actually an electric guitar solo modified to sound so) throughout the slow centre of the track, and as the music picks up, Elisabeth whispers again and the soft moans of a girl enters. Further strong beats brings an end to this 6’23” track as it fades to silence, leaving a blurry mumble at the end of the song, and the beginning of the next one.

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  • seanfilidis

    Their best album.

    5 Apr 8:36pm Reply
  • MackRaven

    wtf gravity of love going with two dots??

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • niqart

    This always be the best album by Enigma

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hummbleboy

    the female voice on this album is quite annoying

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Niai8889

    That's just what I was gonna say.

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • sol_nitra

    пять баллов

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • vik777

    наверное это лучший альбом

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • kreminskyk

    Да, согласен! Энигма мне всегда ОЧЕНЬ нравилась... помню как на кассетах ее еще слушал и засыпал под нее))!

    17 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Rainvention

    Ну что можно сказать об этом альбоме? Он совершенен во всём, начиная от общей концепции и кончая мельчайшими связующими деталями. Я горд тем, что являюсь одним из обладателей этого шедевра.

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Virinchi

    "its hard to find a balance when you are in love. You are lost in the middle coz you have to decide...bEtween miNd aNd heArt" superb!!

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • inlowe

    Burning music.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • LVClaudia

    Genius. How can anything be so wonderful? I think the entire cd is amazing!

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • photon_man62

    MCMXC a.D. is still the best :-/

    12 May 2009 Reply
  • ShiningNSilent

    fantastic !!!

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • lusse_wilmot

    enigma's so amazing......

    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • royzas---------

    muy buenos

    15 Mar 2009 Reply
  • vivijuz

    lindo album. very very good !!

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Niai8889

    This is quite possibly my favourite Enigma album (out of the ones I have so far of course).

    31 Oct 2008 Reply
  • tadimuza

    "Carmina Burana" rulez

    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • cidao123

    Very good. Very good...

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
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