Review: Paul Van Dyk – A Love Letter (Trance)

This review covers the trance track Paul Van Dyk – A Love Letter.

This track was released in 1994 on The Green Valley E.P.

The track starts with a kick and a bassline. A synth melody comes in. A second synth melody joins the track. From there, a more full trance drum kit comes in. Some synth chords join the track. A water sample makes a brief appearance. Some synth string also joins the track. Some elements then drop out after another appearance of the water sample. An additional synth melody comes in when the water sample makes an additional appearance.

From there, the track builds back up as the synth chords make a return. Several elements then drop out again, leaving a synth melody, water sounds, and a kick. An additional synth sound comes in. High hats make a return to the track. The bassline then makes a return. A synth string is layered no top of the synth melody. The lead high hat comes in as well. After that, the whole track gradually fades out.

My first impression is that this is a fairly simple track. There’s nothing overly complex about it. Still, with the element layered together, the track doesn’t sound too bad.

I do think the main melody does sound pretty decent. The synth string that joined it sounds OK, but nothing amazing. Together, though, they do sound decent enough.

One thing I’m not too sure about is the fact that it more or less fades out part way through the climactic portion. As a result, it sounds a little bit on the short side when it could have just naturally broken down.

Still, this is a decent track. It’s got a nice melody and decent flow. It’s definitely a little more on the simple side of things, but it is workable as a listenable track. While I am not sure about how it ends, there are still some things going for it. A decent track all around.


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