Emigma’s 1990 debut “MCMXC a.D.” (MCMXC is the Roman numerals for 1990) is one of the important steppingstones in the development of Electronic music. At the time it was a huge hit, and a huge provocation too. With its mix of a very sexy female voice, Gregorian chants and dance beats.
The music is sort of new age chill, mostly on a soft dance beat, but yet at time very experimental. Personally I think it one of the best music experiments, able to penetrate into a mainstream audience, since Eno/Byrne’s (1981) “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”, The music is based on a lot of samples, including rain from Black Sabbath debut, a track from Aphrodite’s Child’s album 666, and the voice of Maria Callas.
Enigma was actually not a band, more the brainchild of Romanian-born Michael Cretu.
With MCMXC a.D. he created one of the most original and controversial albums in the early 90’s, with its unique blend of religious influences, fusion of genres, and sexual references.
MCMXC a.D. is one of a kind, and even though Enigma made others albums later, is has been unsurpassed as their best effort.