Mirage won’t please those who have been dismayed with Armin van Buuren's move toward commercial dance-pop. The songs on the producer’s fourth studio album are among his most succinct and straightforward, sacrificing some of the dynamics -- the gradual builds especially -- that won over his early followers. The productions are, unsurprisingly, immaculate, but the lyrics are frequently dopey. This wouldn’t be an issue if the vocals weren’t placed front and center as part of van Buuren's effort to craft songs that function away from dancefloors. The Sophie Ellis-Bextor collaboration “Not Giving Up on Love” is the most euphoric of the lot, amidst vocal contributions from Nadia Ali (iiO), Christian Burns (Bleach Works), Adam Young (Owl City), and a few others.
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman
feat: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
feat: Eller VanBuuren