Sven Väth

The Harlequin, the Robot and the Ballet Dancer

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The Harlequin, the Robot & the Ballet Dancer is the definable point where Väth's visions of a classical-inspired concept album began to struggle under the weight of his symphonic inclinations. As if the ponderous title wasn't enough, the producer burdens listeners with a five-minute "Intro" that goes nowhere. The rest of the album is concerned with the three figures stated in the title, with 20-plus minutes devoted to the first and last, while the Robot gets only ten (on "The Birth of Robby"). Obviously, Väth is a solid producer (as is his partner Ralf Hildenbeutel) and there are several good tracks on this album ("The Beauty and the Beast," "Ballet-Fusion") but it's a struggle just to get past the ridiculous concepts and into the music itself.

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