Hoxygen - The Album

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Hoxygen - The Album



 

Genre: Italodance
Label: Planeta Mix Records
Type of media: CD
Bought at: planetamixrecords.com
Reviewed by: Christopher von Würden
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Andrea Zingone is the human name behind the italodance project Hoxygen. He started his musical career in 2009 with the release of debut album Just For You on fluida records but changed label shortly after. Just For You was a messy mix of different styles where no tracks really stood out, but with recent singles such as La Musique Parfait and La Chanson Fatal, Hoxygen has shown his true quality. His new album is simply called The Album, although it might not be the most inventive title it somehow still makes a lot of sense.

Hoxygen's style lies in the hard end of the italodance spectrum, his style is a mix between Hard Dance Style and Hard Trance underlined with classic italodance elements like the tuba bass and vocoders.

The album includes a total of 14 tracks including 8 new songs and 1 new remix. Fragile, the first track, is sort of an intro but also an almost-complete track, not something particularly interesting. La Chanson Fatal is the newest single, released just a few weeks ago, and also the second track, personally I prefer the Fear Remix from the single but the original mix is also quite good. Tu Guardi Il Sole is one of those tracks that mixes Italian and English and the first of the new tracks on the CD, a fairly hard track but also the first step into the magical world of amazing hard italodance sound - a la Hoxygen. Obviously it's not for you if you prefer the poppy-kind like Paps'N'Skar, but if you, like me, love Molinaro and Hard Dance Style, a very interesting journey has just begun.

El Tango De La Muerte (In English: Tango of Death) is different introducing accordion and violin rather than a hard synthesizer sound for the chorus although it keeps the synth as C-part, well produced but not as catchy as many of the other tracks. Catchy, however, is Close Your Eyes we are back in the harder style, hard bass, nonsense lyrics and an incredibly catchy su-le-mani-friendly synth chorus like no other, and this is just the beginning. One of my absolute favorites on the album is the new remix of his debut single La Musique Parfait (means: Perfect Music) which mixes a short vocal sample and the classic intro and synth from the original mix, but approximately one fourth through the track utilizes a completely different melody for the synth. This is classic Hoxygen giving the track an extra layer by using different choruses. The result is fantastic.

We Want More has something as rare as catchy vocals too. Andrea Zingone really does something to the chorus melody in all his tracks but as a fairly new producer he has limited access to good singers. The vocals are the weakest link on the album, although Krystal Em as the female vocal and Sheby as the male vocal sound ok with the vocoders. Nevertheless We Want More is quite catchy.
The album started uninteresting and unfortunately it also ends uninteresting, This Is Crazy is electro and the last track Free Zove is Hardstyle but unlike Andrea Zingone's first album, this time we only get these 2 tracks, while the first album mostly contained house and other genres than italo while those being italo were not particularly well made either.

The Album is particularly well made, however. It might just be the album of the year (keeping Gigi's forthcoming album as a joker in mind) and in that sense the title makes sense, as mentioned in the introduction. If not, it is definitely the album of Hoxygen. The only improvement I can think of would be on the vocal side but nevertheless it still is an italodance experience you do not want to miss.

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I'm not as big a fan of Hoxygen as you are xD (yet) ...for me more things could be improved - but I agree that Hoxygen is one of the better producers in the moment, in italodance - and I hope to hear much more from him!

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Nice review, Chris. Hoxygen clearly shows his talent in this album. Smile

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it seems that you are big fan of him,Hoxygen is not bad,cfe!

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Thanks Andrea! and Waust wouldn't you still rate the album 5/6, it's not 6/6 because as you say some things could be improved, but it's still a really great album Smile

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4,5 Laughing out loud

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4.5 will be 5 as you can't give a half star in our rating system Wink

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I would give it 4 stars...
I like Hoxygen, but for me the vocals are not good enough

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finally is it worthwhile for buying? i doubt it,well i really like this group and their style but i dont want to listen to italian vocals,i only want english and these days im listening more to brand new style RODance (Romanian dance),just look all the artists and producers are releasing their hits in english language ,dont know yet buy or..

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Espen - I'll say it again picky in the forums but yet your shopping behavior tell something else Wink

Sammy - most of the songs have English lyrics too, but seriously how can you like italodance if you don't like non-english lyrics, that makes no sense. Second of all read the review, then you know that IT IS worth buying, Hoxygen is awesome Smile

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I liked your review, I don`t know about this italo artist; I'll listen to those Hoxygen's songs on ISR! Wink

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As usual AMAZING REVIEW, Chris!

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Thanks Serg, too bad I don't have much time to write new reviews at the moment Smile

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Maybe there will be new song
Hoxygen feat. KATOK
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