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The Essence

The Dutch group the Essence are not the Cure in disguise, nor are there Cure members in their lineup; they just sound remarkably like them. The Essence's immediately obvious similarities with the Cure usually cause confusion whenever one of their songs is played on the radio or in a club. Frontman Hans Diener (voice, guitar, synthesizer, piano) is Robert Smith's vocal twin, and tracks like "The Cat" and "A Mirage" duplicate the Cure's layers of dark, swirly guitars with stunning accuracy. Diener formed the Essence in 1984 with Jeroen 'Jerry' Geertsma (bass) and Olaf Willemsen (drums). The band released its debut LP, Purity, a year later. In 1987, the single "A Mirage" became a Top Ten hit in Spain, and the group toured Europe. While the Essence didn't become as well-known as the Cure in America, albums such as A Monument of Trust and Ecstasy turned the band into cult favorites, especially among goth rock fans. Cherry Red Records compiled the Essence's most popular songs on Dancing in the Rain -- The Best of the Essence in 1994. In 1995, the Spanish outfit Esquema covered "A Mirage," and the track was a smash again in Spain. Generally viewed as an '80s group, the Essence continued to record in the '90s, releasing Nothing Lasts Forever in 1991 and Glow in 1995. ~ Michael Sutton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Black Wings

1. Headed North

2. Camels N Diesel

3. Still Running

4. Honeyed Out

5. So Much Hell

6. 1000 Pieces

7. Fossils

8. Black Wings

9. Roots

10. She Said

11. Bullshit [Explicit]

12. Over My Head

13. Honeyed Out

14. Black Wings

15. Bullshit

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Track List: Prime

1. Refuse To Exist

2. Thunder Prayer

3. No Sleep 'Till Def

4. Heart Of Gold

5. Modern Heroes

6. Untouchable

7. Flawless

8. Prime

9. Watch It Burn

10. Triumph

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Track List: No Sleep 'Till Def

1. No Sleep 'Till Def

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Track List: Almighty Presents: Stars

1. Stars (Almighty Essential Radio Edit)

2. Stars (Almighty Essential Club Mix)

3. Stars (Almighty Pop'd Up Mix)

4. Stars (Almighty Full Length Mix)

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Track List: Last Night Of Solace

1. Intro

2. Final Eclipse

3. Arachnida

4. For The Fallen

5. Children Of Rwanda

6. Gemstones

7. Dark Matter

8. Last Night

9. Opium

10. Fractured Dimension

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Track List: The Promise

1. The Promise (Original 12" Mix)

2. The Promise (Radio Edit)

3. The Promise (Space Brothers Rethink Remix)

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Track List: Almighty Presents: Jack & Jill

1. Jack & Jill (Almighty Anthem Radio Edit)

2. Jack & Jill (Almighty 12" Anthem Mix)

3. Jack & Jill (Almighty 12" Anthem Dub)

4. Jack & Jill (7" Pop'd Up Mix)

5. Jack & Jill (12" Pop'd Up Mix)

6. Jack & Jill (12" Cult Mix)

7. Jack & Jill (Marc Andrews Remix)

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Track List: Essential

1. Essential

2. Kalangolo (Feat. K-Solo)

3. Ready Aim Fire (Feat. Nyore)

4. Hold Your Heart

5. Facebook Love (Feat. Jaywon)

6. Good Boy

7. Itsekiri Skit

8. Halleluyah

9. Ladies N Gentlemen (Feat. Rasta By Nature & DJ Vinnie)

10. Kalangolo (Feat. Timaya) (Remix)

11. Stupid Crazy Mad

12. So Gbo

13. Season For Love (Feat. Jaywon & Femi)

14. I'll Get By

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Track List: Feels Like The Future

1. Feels Like The Future

2. Hello Hello

3. What Everybody Wants

4. Numb

5. Just Wanted To Dance

6. Erase & Rewind

7. I Don't Care If You Come Home

8. Yum Yum

9. Met A Man

10. Lunar Rings

11. How To Say Goodbye

12. Lunar Rings (Remix)

13. Shape Of You

14. Feels Like The Future (Radio Edit)

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Track List: Glow

1. Taking On The World

2. Gone

3. Mary My Prayer

4. Right Or Wrong

5. Only For You

6. Up

7. Crack

8. Out Of Grace

9. The One

10. Through The Years

11. Bleed

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Track List: Mariposa

1. Still Crying

2. Sleeping With The Driver

3. Dark Angel

4. Little Innocent

5. Beat Me Blue

6. The Worst Way

7. Drop Of Sunshine

8. Breathless

9. You Move Me

10. High On You

11. Love Is The Price We Pay

12. Anything Is Possible

13. Artichoke

14. The Spirit Of Bruce Lee

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