MCMXC a.D. (ALBUM)
:: ENIGMA
:: introduction : publication : tracklisting : production : notes

:: INTRODUCTION

From the get-go, one realises that this is something special: a dark and haunting odyssey of Medieval voices and modern electronica. What is striking is the simplicity of the musical arrangements — often just beat, chant and faint synth-chords. But this simplicity is deceiving, as great time has been spent to weave a complex album. All the tracks segue beautifully with one another, repeating instrumental codas and constantly enticing the listener with complex and often-times unsettling lyrics. The trademark 'instrument' of Enigma is the synthesised sound of the Japanese flute called a shakuhachi. This instrument weaves its way throughout the album and has become popular amongst many Enigmatic bands. Sensual, forbidden and redemptive.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

:: PUBLICATION DETAILS

Release Date 5 November 1991
Label Virgin Schallplatten GmbH
Catalogue # CD 262 029 / CDVIR 10
Purchase Buy
Lyrics  

"LIMITED EDITION"

:: TRACKLISTING
 
1. The Voice Of Enigma
  Music & Lyrics: Curly M.C.
2. Principles Of Lust — A: Sadeness
SINGLE
  Music: Curly M.C. and F. Gregorian / Lyrics: Curly M.C. and David Fairstein
  Principles Of Lust — B: Find Love
  Music & Lyrics: Curly M.C
  Principles Of Lust — C: Sadeness (Reprise)
  Music: Curly M.C. and F. Gregorian / Lyrics: Curly M.C. and David Fairstein
3. Callas Went Away
  Music: Curly M.C.
4. Mea Culpa
SINGLE
  Music: Curly M.C. / Lyrics: David Fairstein
5. The Voice & The Snake
  Music & Lyrics: Curly M.C. and F. Gregorian
6. Knocking On Forbidden Doors
  Music: Curly M.C.
7. Back To The Rivers Of Belief (A: Way To Eternity)
  Music: Curly M.C.
  Back To The Rivers Of Belief (B: Hallelujah)
  Music: Curly M.C.
  Back To The Rivers Of Belief (C: The Rivers Of Belief)
SINGLE
  Music: Curly M.C. / Lyrics: David Fairstein and Curly M.C.

:: PRODUCTION DETAILS

Produced by: Enigma

Lead Female Vocals by: Sandra (uncredited)
Spoken Female Vocals by: Lousia Stanley (uncredited)

Design: LMP
Illustration: HP Uertz

:: NOTES
 
The Limited Edition release of this album featured four bonus remixes from the singles released, and the A-B-C parts of Principles Of Lust and Back To The Rivers Of Belief thankfully divided across separate tracks