Back in 2000, the Dutch progressive trance group, Alice Deejay released their first and what would turn out to be their only album, Who Needs Guitars Anyway? The album was a great leap into the new millennium and had several singles hitting the charts. The group, consisting of Pronti, Kalmani, DJ Jurgen, Judith Pronk and Marc Lee-Smith, was very popular from 1999-2002, primarily because of this album.
The one song that Alice Deejay is best known for is “Better Off Alone.” Officially released in 1998 (but with a much wider audience following the 1999 release), “Better Off Alone” has just one main lyrical line: “Do you think you’re better off alone?” (with occasional “Talk to me” lines), sung by Judith Pronk. It was an amazing success for the group, reaching as high as the #2 slot on the Billboard club charts and securing a spot in the top ten spots for a majority of the international club charts. It was one of the top grossing singles in the world for 1999 and remained highly popular well into the new millennium.
With the initial pure beats breaking into regular, forlorn-like trance movements, it was no wonder why “Better Off Alone” was often heard on popular radio stations and in the hottest clubs worldwide. The depressed-yet-hopeful undertones are clear, not just in the lyrics but the actual feeling of the trance immersion of the song.
The first track on the album, “Back in My Life” was also quite popular, with its more muted tones and regular trance flowing in from all points of the song. It was obviously not as successful as “Better Off Alone,” but it still managed to top a few popular club charts. It gained the most popularity in the UK, where it ranked as high as fourth on the singles chart.
One notable track that didn’t gain the same astounding success as others on the album did is “Elements of Life.” It’s definitely a heavy clubbing song with the occasional whispers of a female proclaiming “I am alive.” It mixes together quite nicely, as does “Will I Ever,” another trance-heavy song with cool thunder effects added in between. Both songs have powerful and mysterious vocal performances, which only enhance the magic of the song.
Ironically, one of the darker songs on the album is “Fairytales.” It’s definitely one of the most unique mixes on Who Needs Guitars Anyway?, ensuring that many fans will be able to discourse from the steady, uplifting trance in order to seek out something newer and fresher.
Although the group eventually disbanded shortly after 2001, Alice Deejay’s songs remain popular in many clubs and on many iPods today.
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