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Cobalt

by Enigma

There’s a reason the classic rock sound never goes out of style, and Enigma proves the voracity of that enduring spirit with their 3rd CD, Cobalt.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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1. Skydancer
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2. It Doesn't Matter At All
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3. When He Gets Home (the Ride)
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4. Medication Nation
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5. You Say You Know
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6. Addiction
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7. The Enchantress
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8. Dance Away These Blues
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9. Hero
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10. The Moon Doesn't Love Me Anymore
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Remember the days when the music industry promoted individuality and creativity, instead of capitalizing, over and over, on tired, mundane, formulaic trends and cookie-cutter formats? In the mid-70’s, albums from groups like Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Boston, Kansas, Queen, Styx, and the like, were genuine adventures; grand, sonic journeys traversing unexplored territory without boundaries, unfettered by chains of current conventions. Enigma bravely embraces that spirit of originality and refuses, once again, to follow the rules.

In Cobalt, Enigma soars undaunted through themes both classic and contemporary, from timeless dreams, desires, and sentiments to the more socially current and relevant issues that manifest themselves all too frequently in today’s troubled world. Their odyssey takes the listener into uncharted realms of philosophy, satire, mysticism, self-examination, and the many faces of love, lust, commitment and seduction. And of course, Enigma can never pass up a chance for yet another humorously scathing socio-political commentary.

CD Baby always asks bands who they sound like, and Enigma never knows quite how to respond. On Cobalt, Enigma delves into more diverse and eclectic terrain than ever before: Bonnie Raitt meets the Band; Melissa Etheridge meets Gary Moore; Stevie Nicks meets Sade; Sass Jordan meets Jackson Browne for a biker ballad; Ravi Shankar, Led Zeppelin, Queensryche and Tesla come together in a Reiki-induced dream. And don’t let the gauntlet of references fool you – despite these influences, Enigma’s sound is by no means predictable or dated; as always, they put their own contemporary spin on the great classic rock sound.

Everything is interconnected. Nothing stands alone.


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Juxtaposition was the first kiss, Eccentricities the foreplay, Cobalt is a full-on orgasm. In their strongest release yet, this enigmatic duo has forged a unique work that touches the soul, out of their own creativity and love of the art. The arrangements are tight, with stunning guitar solos that alternately scream and weep, and spot-on musical accents in the right spots to add more feeling to the lyrics. Carolyn's vocals are at one moment mellow and introspective, then next moment in-your-face-take-no-prisoners - and she will surprise you when you least expect it. Did I mention the lyrics? While the music will reach out and grab you of it's own accord (resistance is futile), it is doubly so when Carolyn's lyrics are added. The listener will want to play these songs over and over to catch every nuance, every feeling expressed in these songs.

There is a lot of love in this thoughtful collection. From the love that Epp and Oleson put into this work, to the tales of love gone wrong, of falling for the wrong person, the lonely despair of love lost, and the security of finding refuge in the one that you love. You will fall for the ethereal charms of an Enchantress, take a rocking trip through our "Medication Nation", and go for a ride with a graceful ballad to the open road and the heart of the Biker. The edgy "Addiction" reminds us what the most powerful drug of all is, while "You Say You Know" will resonate with anyone who has not been loved enough. After all that, there's the cheeky fun of getting out to "Dance Away These Blues". At the end of the day, this album has a little something for everyone ... and more than a little for some of us.