By the time The Sound of Goodbye was released on Armin van Buuren's label in the middle of 2001, it had already been caned by people like Paul Van Dyk and celebrated, or castigated, for being the anthem at the same year's Creamfields Festival. This comes as no surprise, since it has the same condescending amateurism of singles like Transa's "Hi Energy" or Angelic's "Can't Keep Me Silent." The album's banal female vocal ("Sometimes the sound of goodbye is louder than any drumbeat") combined with word that this is a collaboration between Shane 54 and Buuren himself and the fact that Buuren displayed more taste when he was pushing Rising Star's "Touch Me" makes this all the more disappointing.
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AllMusic Review by Dean Carlson