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Avicii’s ‘True’ album turns 5 years old

When the late, great, Avicii (aka Tim Bergling) passed away earlier this year, dance music fans worldwide sobbed in despair at the loss of their hero. Proving – much like Avicii’s remix – that every teardrop is a waterfall, fans paid their respects to the iconic Swede through a series of special tributes, such was the incredible impact he had on the dance music world.

Now, in September 2018, a full half-decade has passed since the release of Avicii’s debut album ‘True’, which was released exactly 5 years ago. Having burst onto our scenes with massive progressive releases, like his Bob Sinclar and Sebastien Drums remixes, or tracks like ‘Levels’ and ‘Seek Bromance’, the ‘True’ album divided opinion, as Avicii favoured a more down-tempo and commercial sound to hits like ‘Silhouettes’, fusing country influences and elements of blues music into the production.

Despite this, the album still went multi-platinum thanks to many iconic anthems like ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Hey Brother’, with Avicii himself releasing the incredible ‘True: Avicii by Avicii’ remix album just one year later as Tim gave us those spine-tingling reworks of tracks like ‘Addicted To You’, and ‘Liar Liar.’ With the legendary producer later releasing a second studio album (‘Stories’) in 2015, the title of his 2017 documentary movie fused these two album names together to form ‘True Stories’ – an insightful look into the pressures placed on him by former manager Ash Pournouri which – many feel – led to his ultimate demise.

Certainly one of Tim’s most opinion-dividing and popular releases of modern times, you can relive ‘True’ below in its full entirety.

(BA Hons Journalism), 30, London. NCTJ-accredited journalist and dance music lover specialising in interviews, features, editorial work, and reviews. www.journojake.com

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