Often when an artist is twenty plus years into his career, they don’t raise their game to a higher level. In my opinion, this is the best artist album Ferry Corsten has ever been involved with. The running story throughout, the conscious mind of Vee against the wants of Lukas, works perfectly with the music and the feel. It’s like a movie score, with trance and progressive influences. Tracks like ‘Waiting’ being a style I don’t recall from Ferry’s previous work.
The story develops as the music matches the mood, capturing the emotions of the characters. Blueprint represents a true artist concept album, a bigger piece of work, a greater idea. Blueprint is not a compilation of separate ideas, but a vision of a journey through storytelling and the soundtrack to their emotions. Including the instantly recognisable voice of Campbell Scott, currently starring in House Of Cards.
Only a couple tracks on the album I would play on their own, but they all work in the context of the album as a greater whole. ‘Wherever You Are’ is a standout track individually from the album, Hailene does a fantastic job on the vocals on a number of tracks on the LP. ’Drum’s a Weapon’ is another standout and fits perfectly into the meaning of drum within the story.
The moment Venera drops is sublime as well, when it first came out I had no idea it was part of the greater picture of Ferry’s next album and what ‘Vee’s Theme’ meant until now. Working in this format seems to set Ferry Corsten’s creativity free, free from the constraint of genre or what others expect from him. Ferry has worked towards a bigger goal, and in doing so, has created perhaps one of the greatest electronic music concept albums ever made. A true combination of sci-fi mixed with electronica, movie score mixed with storytelling. Bravo Ferry Corsten, Bravo!