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LABEL: Armind RELEASE DATE: January 21, 2013 GENRE: Trance, House, Electro
// review by Jeff

The night can't come early enough.

I feel pretty bad when a song that I really enjoy suddenly turns stale. It's a depressing aspect of the art that, if you listen to a song enough times, eventually its charm will be lost and you will not want to hear it any longer. That may generally be the way with most pop songs, especially overplayed ones on the radio. For some reason, however, "Waiting For The Night" by Armin Van Buuren featuring Fiora is bucking this trend: no matter how many times I listen to it, I do not tire of it! What does that say?

Though "Waiting For The Night" is, unofficially, the first single released from Armin Van Buuren's newest album, "Intense", it was actually created as the essential theme song for the Dutch film "Verliefd op Ibiza" (translated to "Loving Ibiza"), a movie about both the comedic and romantic follies of avid partygoers on the world's clubbing island. Being a locale for dance music, Armin Van Buuren was able to get a part in the film, too. The music video for the song is even spliced with scenes from the movie, which appear just as frequently (if not more often) as Fiora herself. Armin barely shows up at all, except in footage from his scene spinning vinyls.

But I didn't listen to the song to evoke emotions of fictional characters' romantic escapades. I wanted to hear some music, and this song is, as I mentioned, one that I can't stop listening to! The single starts off with the Radio Edit, which delivers the bare basics. With simple yet occasionally jarring plucks, Fiora's whispy, angelic voice is introduced as she, obviously, tells us of an experience where we should be waiting for the night to eventually arrive and how the evening lights are an excellent guide for where to go. The chorus has a solid hook with Fiora's vocals firmly grasping the reigns, though the verses are also pretty catchy. The second verse features rougher synths, though the spirit of the song remains intact. In a nutshell, this is modern trance at its peak. The Extended Version isn't exactly that much of an extension; it only includes a quiet, atmospheric introduction before leading to the main event and is the same song featured on Armin's full-length album.

The Beat Service Remix sound richer with more constant synths filling empty spaces left open from the original. The buildup isn't particularly eventful and emphasis isn't as strong on the vocals against the main melody (which is different from the original) except during the break. Still, if it's a more powerful instrumental aspect you're looking for, Beat Service does not disappoint. The Beat Service Radio Edit is an abbreviation of this, and the Beat Service Dub removes the vocals and also shortens the mix by about a minute or ago, since there's no need to wait for Fiora. On the flipside, the Clinton Vansciver Extended Mix starts out with snare drumming before heading in a half-dubstep, half-house direction. The instrumental aspect is uneventful until we get to the chorus, where the dubstep elements really kick in and it becomes a whole different beast than anticipated. This very well could be its own song, but because Fiora's vocals have been inserted, it's now officially a remix. The Clinton Vansciver Radio Edit is, naturally, an abridged version.

I still can't stop listening to this impressive song, and I don't think I have been able to adequately articulate how much I enjoy this entire package. Each version provides its own unique take on Fiora's calming vocals and are actually enjoyable to hear. That's sometimes rare in a remix package these days. If you're a bit of a trance nut, I strongly recommend grabbing this however you can, though if you're really into the genre, you've likely already heard it!


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