This review covers the progressive trance track vision84 – Highway Central (Original Mix).
This track was released in 2007 along with two other tracks. One of those tracks is the Nitrous Oxide Remix) which we previously reviewed. That track got an excellent score, so it is with interest that we also try reviewing the original mix.
While the original mix naturally retains the main melody, it is quite different from the remix. Instead of the sliding notes that really made the remix shine, this track takes a different rout with the main melody. This track gives the main melody a more sidechained effect. The result is that this track has a more pronounced rhythm to it through the melody.
The build-up is quite long. Still, with so much going on, it didn’t really hurt this track that much. The bassline and sub-melodies this track utilizes in the build-up worked quite well to tide the listener over.
Once the breakdown hits, there are two sides of the main melody. There is the more plucked-style synth that helps usher in the other part. After this, there is the sidechained melody. While this track could have left it at that, this track does something extra with this melody. It uses an automated filter that temporarily brings down the lower frequencies before a final buildup. Arguably, it makes the final climax of the track more powerful.
The overall emotion of the track is that sense of mobile freedom. With a track title like that, it’s easy to see that this was the goal. After hearing this track, it is quite successful in getting that emotion across.
Overall, while it is not quite as good as the remix, this track holds its own quite well. It has a great set of melodies and sub-melodies. It has a very pronounced emotion in the synths. The sidechained and filtering effects helped bring out the quality of the sound nicely. So, a highly recommended track.