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Andreas Vollenweider


Crossover Prog

3.77 | 33 ratings

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4 stars Nice to see this Swiss musician with his amplified harp here at last. I've been his (non- frequent) listener for two decades now. He's not exactly a prog artist, but easily original and "cross-over" enought for inclusion. This album was probably my introduction to his music in 1992 or so, and it made a good impression. At that time I was quite a lot into New Agey music - which surely helped me to come across Vollenweider in the library. He's not exactly a New Age artist either, nor jazz, nor World Music, but a bit of them all. In the prog context of PA, I'd say you better enjoy these mentioned genres to possibly enjoy Vollenweider. Otherwise his music is likely to bore you.

This Grammy-winning album is among his finest works. His harp, played with rhythm, groove and catchy melodies, is in the main role. It's accompanied mainly by synths and light percussion. The airy opener 'Down to the Moon' sets the nocturnal and romantic atmosphere and is seamlessly followed by the energetic sounds of 'Moon Dance'. The instrumental chorus or refrain or whatever (yes, the whole album is instrumental) gets repeated heavily, which may turn some listeners off, but the track does have a charming mid-section. The album benefits from the conceptual feel and continuity. At times it gets very romantic and soft. (Be warned!) But not syrupy sentimental though.

The production is excellent, timeless instead of sounding eighties. Recommended to be enjoyed with cosiness and a glass of wine perhaps. And a very good starting point to his music. World music elements are quite absent on this one.

01 - Down To The Moon - 2:26 02 - Moon Dance - 4:11 03 - Steam Forest - 4:56 04 - Water Moon - 2:15 05 - Night Fire Dance - 4:57 06 - Quiet Observer - 2:43 07 - Silver Wheel - 3:57 08 - Drown in Pale Light - 2:13 09 - The Secret, The Candle and Love - 3:44 10 - Hush - Patience at Bamboo Forest - 0:12 11 - Three Silver Ladies Dance - 2:40 12 - La Lune et L'enfant - 2:00

Matti | 4/5 |


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