Across all genres of the music industry, the best way to become commercially successful is by putting out a product that is widely accepted by the general public. Armin has always been ahead of the game in terms of his marketing approach, but there is one other strength which I believe has helped him reach the top of the charts. Armin’s work has always been able to appeal towards a large population of listeners all around the world. The key to his success is by playing easy listening trance, stuff that can be enjoyed readily by everyone, no matter where they are located, how much money they make, or whatever faith they believe in. It is because of this concept that Armin has received global recognition as one of the best DJs in the dance music scene. This latest release in his Universal Religion series plays right along with this theme, as Armin continues to provide new music for his loyal audience.

Once again we get a live recording from one of Armin’s summer shows in Ibiza. This year’s edition has been stretched to a two-disc release, which can be good or bad, depending on how much you enjoy Armin’s latest mixes. My only concern is now there isn’t much difference between this release and the annual A State of Trance album, except that one is recorded live and the other is mixed in a studio. How will Armin distinguish these two series in the future? My favorites from the first disc include Shogun’s Space Odyssey, Liquid Logic by Protoculture, and the collaboration between Mike Koglin and Genix on Helion. The second half of Disc 2 is the best part of this release, which includes some nice work by Giuseppe Ottaviani, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Re:Locate, and Robert Nickson. The intro track by Andrew Bayer and the Deep Universe remix of The Atmosphere are dope as well. My interest in most of these songs has become somewhat limited, but I still appreciate what Armin is doing for the trance community. This album by no means reaches the excellency of the 2004 edition, however it still introduces some nice new tunes in a live environment, so it’s worth checking out.

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01 Ashley Wallbridge – Vision (Intro Edit)
02 BT & Adam K – Tomahawk
03 Gofman & Tsukerman – Darko
04 Shogun – Space Odyssey
05 Hannah – Falling Away (Armin van Buuren Remix)
06 Andy Moor feat. Sue McLaren – Fight The Fire (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
07 Protoculture – Liquid Logic
08 Dennis Sheperd & Cold Blue feat. Ana Criado – Fallen Angel (Dennis Sheperd Club Mix)
09 Markus Schulz presents Dakota – Terrace 5 a.m.
10 Gaia – Stellar
11 Susana – Home (Daniel Kandi Retrofit Remix)
12 Mike Koglin vs Genix – Helion
13 Jorn van Deynhoven – Spotlight
14 Ferry Corsten feat. Armin van Buuren – Brute


01 Andrew Bayer – Counting The Points
02 Kid Alien – The Atmosphere (Klauss Goulart’s & Mark Sixma Deep Universe Remix)
03 Space RockerZ & Tania Zygar – Puzzle Piece (Daniel Heatcliff’s Farewell Remix)
04 Alexander Popov – Elegia
05 Emma Hewitt – Colours (Armin van Buuren Remix)
06 Ashley Wallbridge & Gareth Emery – Mansion
07 DNS Project – Exclusive (Bigroom Edit)
08 John O’Callaghan & Giuseppe Ottaviani – Ride The Wave (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix)
09 James Dymond – Gundam
10 Daniel Kandi – Saggitarius
11 Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat. Sylvia Tosun – An Angels Love (Vocal Mix)
12 Paul Oakenfold – Full Moon Party
13 Re:Locate vs Robert Nickson – Resource
14 Orjan Nilsen – Viking

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