Parade of the Athletes When Tiesto was chosen (rather surprisingly) by the 2004 Olympic committee to spin at the Athens games it raised the DJ's visibility and resulted in… Parade of the Athletes When Tiesto was chosen (rather surprisingly) by the 2004 Olympic committee to spin at the Athens games it raised the DJ's visibility and resulted in… 2004-11-02 Tiesto Electronic
Music Review

Parade of the Athletes (2004)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Nov 02, 2004; Lead Performance: Tiesto; Genre: Electronic

When Tiesto was chosen (rather surprisingly) by the 2004 Olympic committee to spin at the Athens games it raised the DJ's visibility and resulted in Parade of the Athletes, a painfully upbeat, Olympic-themed collection of breakneck dance tracks boasting titles like ''Euphoria'' and ''Victorious.'' With no lyrics, no skits, no pauses between them, and a near-constant four-on-the-floor tempo, the cuts glide harmlessly into one another. Strong segments, rather than individual songs, stand out: the quiet, lullaby moment in ''Heroes,'' the sawtooth melancholy of ''Athena.''

But with trance, a variation of techno that — especially in the absence of illicit drugs — hinges on a delicate balance between monotony and tension, even a master like Tiesto drops the torch occasionally (''Olympic Flame,'' ''Forever Today''). Ultimately, Parade flags about midway through, limping toward what should be its climax: an audacious, monumentally melodramatic remake of Samuel Barber's ''Adagio for Strings.'' Sappy? Hell, yes. But people will dance to anything.

Originally posted Nov 12, 2004 Published in issue #792 Nov 12, 2004 Order article reprints
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