Saturday, 16 February 2013

Hughes de Courson - Mozart In Egypt 2 2005


Mozart in Egypt is a 1997 album by various artists, and arranged by French musician Hughes de Courson. It represents a fusion of Mozart's work with the sounds, rhythms and instruments typical of contemporary Egyptian music.The album saw considerable success in continental Europe, especially France, but had only limited success elsewhere. In August 2005 a second volume was released in Europe only, entitled Mozart in Egypt 2.


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Genre: Classical, Oriental
Original Release Date: 2005
Label: Virging Classics






When the Eastern music joined the most beautiful topics of Mozart... Taking again the same principle that Vol.1, one finds the tubes of Mozart interpreted by more than 200 musicians mixing symphony orchestra and traditional instruments. This album was released in August 2005, in Europe only.

"Mozart in Egypt" is a 1997 album by various artists. It represents a fusion of Mozart's work with the sounds, rhythms and instruments typical of contemporary Egyptian music. The album saw considerable success in continental Europe, especially France, but had only limited success elsewhere. In August 2005 a second volume was released in Europe only, imaginatively entitled "Mozart in Egypt 2"."

"Hughes' albums are all large-scale works. He is an arranger rather than a soloist. On many he combines electronic effects with medieval or baroque instruments. Mozart in Egypt takes works by Mozart and emphasises the oriental elements in them. The 25th symphony is played with a much-enlarged orchestra. Unfortunately his recordings are rarely available in the English-speaking world."

"Eight years after joyeusement having fitted Turkish slippers inhabitants of Cairo with famous toupee Viennese, insolate it Hughes de Courson repeats! It goes even further, because what it gives to listen to seems to be written by a type-setter named Al Amadeus Mozar-abe, so much the union is now perfect between the extracts of parts signed by this rascal of Wolfie and the traditional airs Egyptian. The first volume of the project Mozart the Egyptian was also a success, but its project superintendent had not dared to go also far in the mixture. Sure that the world success which accomodated the exit of this disc gave wings to its project superintendent. But what a job! It is necessary to think Courson knitting its partitions: a mesh with the East, a mesh in the Occident... It had to throw unplayable things of them, because if the selection of the titles presented here always surprises, it never runs up against the ears of the honest music lover. Recorded on Cairo, in Sofia, in Paris, in Madrid and London this Mozart the Egyptian, the return, required hours and working hours in studio. Two hundred singers and musicians were recruited, in particular those of the Whole of Cairo and the Bulgarian Symphony orchestra. And yet, all that remains light and fluid, imaginative and professional. It should be said that Hugues de Courson is not with his first attempt as regards informal agreements. In addition to the first Mozart the Egyptian, one indeed owes him Lambarena (Bach and Gabonese musics), conceived with Pierre Akendengue and O'stravaganza (Vivaldi and Irish music), carried out with the unit It Gardino Armonico... Then now, with which it turn? Will Courson send Schubert to Cuba and Beethoven at Papous?"


Sunday, 15 July 2012

Duo Jalal - A Different World (2011)


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Genre: Contemporary Classical, Ethnic
Original Release Date: 2011
Label: Innova Records

by Karli L. One of the most interesting - but somewhat intimidating - chamber ensembles of the 21st century is probably the pairing of the viola and percussion. The dark sonority of the viola is a pleasing harmonic compliment to the various textures that percussion provides as a background. I say intimidating because in theory, it's hard to imagine the two types of instruments coming together well. With some compositions it isn't successful. But this is certainly not the case with this album. The vibrance of the compositions comes through in both the compositions and execution of them. The sound is at times reminiscent of Klezmer, at others various music from across the middle east. In all the tracks there is fantastic energy and interesting sounds that are uplifting and engaging, and I find myself listening to this album frequently in the car when I'm in the mood for something upbeat and without words. Definitely an album that challenges the somewhat negative concept of nontraditional ensembles!





Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Bela Fleck - Perpetual Motion (2001)



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Genre: Classical
Original Release Date: 2001
Label: Sony Classical



Perpetual Motion is an album of classical music released in 2001. The album is unique in that none of the pieces featured on it are played on the instruments for which they were written. Arrangers Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer won a Grammy in 2002 for their arrangement of Claude Debussy's "Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum". The album also won a Grammy as Best Classical Crossover Album.
Fleck assembled a group of musicians well-known on their own instruments: violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Gary Hoffman, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, double-bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolin player Chris Thile, and guitarists John Williams and Bryan Sutton.





by Zac Johnson
Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck has certainly broken more boundaries than any other picker in recent memory, from his early days performing bluegrass-inspired folk compositions on Rounder in the late '70s to his quirky jazz freak-outs with the Flecktones throughout the '90s. In late 2001, this peculiar innovator released an album of banjo interpretations of classical works by Bach, Chopin, and Scarlatti. Before classical purists roll their eyes, they must remember that the banjo hasn't always been seen as the instrument of choice of backwoods musicians in the Appalachian mountains, but as recently as the 1940s was used as a primary rhythm instrument in all manner of parlor music. That being said, Perpetual Motion is a bright and unique take on several well-known classical pieces (Moonlight Sonata, Bach's Cello Suite No. 1) as well as a number of interpretations of Bach's two-part and three-part inventions. These light and brief inventions act as buffers between the longer, more dramatic pieces, but end up serving as some of the highlights of the album. With Fleck often accompanied by Evelyn Glennie on marimba and Appalachia Waltz musicians Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer on violin and bass, these short, delicate pieces weave in and out of the album, proving that the banjo can be seen in a different light altogether. Fleck's picking is uniquely unparalleled in that he can so easily dip his feet into so many different genres with an instrument that is so quickly pigeonholed. The album drifts easily into the background, which is not necessarily a detraction but, knowing the fire that Fleck can unleash from his fingertips, it would have been nice to have a few more impassioned numbers on the album. The closest the ensemble comes to really making some noise is the final track, Paganini's Moto Perpetuo (arranged in a bluegrass style), which is not necessarily more forceful, but is certainly faster and louder.



Saturday, 9 July 2011

Radio String Quartet Vienna - Celebrating the Mahavishnu Orchestra (2007)



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Genre: Classical/Jazz
Release Date: 2007
Label: ACT Company



By John Kelman - All About Jazz


A string quartet paying tribute to the high energy, high velocity Mahavishnu Orchestra of the early 1970s? An oxymoronic concept perhaps, but Veinnese radio.string.quartet's Celebrating The Mahavishnu Orchestra not only honors the spirit of the group, but proves that Mahavishnu Orchestra founder/guitar icon John McLaughlin's writing can provide plenty of grist for unexpected and challenging interpretations.

Classical string quartets tackling a jazz repertoire is nothing new—Kronos Quartet, for example, has released two albums of music by Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk—but radio.string.quartet's take is considerably more successful than most. The quartet not only captures Mahavishnu Orchestra's dynamics, complexity and sometimes reckless fury, but its improvisational aspect as well. This is no polite string quartet; it's as much a take-no-prisoners ensemble as the group it references.

Relegated to historical relevance for too long, McLaughlin's music has only recently been recognized for its repertory potential. Drummer Gregg Bendian's The Mahavishnu Project has been expanding the music for five years, most recently on the outstanding Return to the Emerald Beyond (Cuneiform, 2007), while keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband's A Meeting of Spirits (Alternity, 2006) turns McLaughlin's music into more unfettered, often abstract, solo piano outings.

Celebrating The Mahavishnu Orchestra, while by no means literal, leans towards The Mahavishnu Project's more reverential approach. The album's fourteen tracks—culled largely from Inner Mounting Flame Columbia, 1971) and Birds of Fire (Columbia, 1972)—may be recognizable, but violinist Bernie Mallinger and Klemens Bittman take considerably liberty with arrangement, rhythm and improvisational opportunity.

Originally an all-acoustic rubato tone poem, a gentle pizzicato violin pulse rests underneath the resonant long tones of violin, viola and cello, giving "A Lotus on Irish Stream unexpected forward motion. The equally acoustic ambience of "Thousand Island Park loses its defined rhythm here, however, with cellist Asja Valcic's primary voice turning it inside out.

But it's the electric Mahavishnu Orchestra tracks that are the real revelation. Gone is the defining guitar arpeggio of The Inner Mounting Flame's first salvo, "Meeting of the Spirits, replaced instead by an atmospheric swarm of strings over the cello's two-note motif. When the quartet moves more fervently into the song's defining contrapuntal theme, the arpeggio is hinted at but never clearly articulated. There's no need for the drum intro to the 9/8 "Vital Transformation ; the aggressive attack of the strings provides all the power that's needed.

While there's stronger arrangement here than with the original more jam-centric Mahavishnu Orchestra; everyone gets ample opportunity to demonstrate their improvisational acumen. The ethereal middle section of "The Dance of Maya may have little to do with the earthier original, but the irregularly metered boogie that finally coalesces with an opposing theme remains intact.

Celebrating The Mahavishnu Orchestra is the perfect mix of respect and irreverence that music this bold deserves. The reference points are clear, but radio.string.quartet has taken McLaughlin's writing and the spirit of The Mahavishnu Orchestra, and turned them into a superb and deeply personal musical statement.

Track listing: Open Country Joy; A Lotus on Irish Stream; Vital Transformation; The Dance of Maya; Dawn; Dream; Thousand Island Park; Meeting of the Spirits; Celestial Terrestrial Commuters; Hope; Birds of Fire; You Know, You Know; Sanctuary; Resolution.












Sunday, 20 March 2011

Rostal and Schaefer and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - The Beatles Concerto 1979



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Genre: Classical, Pop
Release Date: 1979
Label: Parlophone / EMI





Saturday, 19 February 2011

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - The Alternative Classical Chillout Album (2003)



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Genre: classic, chillout, instrumental
Release Date: 2003
Label: N2k




Recorded fresh in 2002, this album brings together 15 of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's stunning classical interpretations of modern masterpieces. Songs which themselves have a classical leaning through either structure or sound, captured together on a record with the full orchestral reading. This is a truly thrilling album and the real alternative classical chill out album.



Sunday, 9 January 2011

Hugues de Courson und Ahmed al Maghreby - Mozart in Egypt 1997



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Year Of Release: 1997
Genre: classic, еthno, arabic
Label: Virgin Classics



The album features Mozart compositions interpolated by Egyptian instruments and singers as well as tracks of Mozart's music recorded in the traditional Western manner but with overlaid tracks of Egyptian percussion and instrumental music that matches the tempo, rhythms and key context of the Mozart original.


Mozart in Egypt, devised by Hughes de Courson, was at its release in 1997, considered in the musical spheres world-wide as a true musical phenomenon and acted as meteorite. Indeed the musical encounter which brought together Mozart and Egypt together was unexpected and explosive! The much awaited Mozart in Egypt 2 features more than 200 musicians & singers, bringing together peoples from Europe and the Middle-East.

There are problems, of course, in trying to marry Mozart and Egypt. Western music takes pride in the vertical arts of harmony and counterpoint. Arabic music is linear, one event following another. The result then is what the producers describe as a "crazy diagonal." And yet it works. Mozart sounds just fine on the oud [ancestor of the lute], and its way of decorating a melodic line is not at all dissimilar to the Western approach. Best of all is hearing the piano and oud together, when one player takes the melodic line, the other harmony.





1. Ikhtitaf fi Assaraya (Die Entfurung aus dem Serail)

Performer: Jim Cuomo (Clarinet), Ragab Sadek (Daf), Nabil Diab (Darabukka),
Ibrahim Shahin (), Mohammed Mostafa (Rebab), Mustafa Abd Al'-Aziz (),
Nasredine Dalil (Flute), Hassan el Meghannawaty (Voice)
Conductor: Milen Natchev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Notes: On this selection Mustafa Abd Al'Aziz plays arghul; and Ibrahim Shahin plays kawal.
Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)

2. Double Quartet in F

Performer: Ibrahim Shahin (), Mohammed Mostafa (Rebab), Dimiter Stankov (Viola),
Ivan Peev (Violin), Elka Zacharieva (Cello), Mustafa Abd Al'-Aziz (),
Nabil Diab (Darabukka), Ragab Sadek (Daf), Jim Cuomo (Clarinet)
Notes: On this selection Mustafa Abd Al'Aziz plays arghul, and Ibrahim Shahin plays kawal.
Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)

3. Lamma bada yatathenna (Symphony no 40)

Performer: Mohammed Fouda (Ney), Ashraf Essam (Rik), Mostafa Abdel Naby (Violin),
Abdou Dagher (Violin), Prof. Maged Serour (Qanoun), Mamdouh El Gebaly (Oud),
Safwat Sourour (Darabukka), Rabah Dalil (Darabukka)
Conductor: Milen Natchev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Language: Arabic
Notes: Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)
This work was written in collaboration with Nasredine Dalil.

4. Mahdiyat

Performer: Samira Donya (Voice), Alain Aubin (Voice)
Notes: Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)
This selection is sung in Egyptian and German.

5. Concerto for Oud & Piano no 23

Performer: Mario Angelov (Piano), Henri Agnel (Oud)
Conductor: Milen Natchev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Notes: On this selection Mustafa Abd Al'Aziz plays arghul; and Ibrahim Shahin plays kawal.
Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)

6. Hamilu lhawa tahibou

Performer: Prof. Maged Serour (Qanoun), Mamdouh El Gebaly (Oud), Abdou Dagher (Violin),
Mostafa Abdel Naby (Violin), Mohammed Fouda (Ney), Safwat Sourour (Darabukka),
Nasredine Dalil (Voice), Ashraf Essam (Rik), Alain Aubin (Voice)
Conductor: Milen Natchev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Notes: Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)
This selection is sung in Arabic and German.

7. Yaman hawa

Performer: Mamdouh El Gebaly (Oud), Abdou Dagher (Violin), Mostafa Abdel Naby (Violin),
Mohammed Fouda (Ney), Safwat Sourour (Darabukka), Rabah Dalil (Darabukka),
Ashraf Essam (Rik), Prof. Maged Serour (Qanoun)
Conductor: Milen Natchev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Language: Arabic
Notes: Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)

8. Mawwall by Traditional

Performer: Ragab Sadek (Daf), Nabil Diab (Darabukka), Mohammed Mostafa (Rebab),
Mustafa Abd Al'-Aziz (), Reda Shiha (Voice), Ibrahim Shahin ()
Written: Egypt
Language: Egyptian
Notes: On this selection Mustafa Abd Al'Aziz plays arghul, and Ibrahim Shahin plays kawal.
Arrangers: Hughes De Courson; Nasredine Dalil.
Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)

9. Double Quartet in E Flat, K. 374

Performer: Mustafa Abd Al'-Aziz (), Mohammed Mostafa (Rebab), Nabil Diab (Darabukka),
Ibrahim Shahin (), Ragab Sadek (Daf), Jim Cuomo (Clarinet),
Ivan Peev (Violin), Elka Zacharieva (Cello), Dimiter Stankov (Viola)
Notes: On this selection Mustafa Abd Al'Aziz plays arghul, and Ibrahim Shahin plays kawal.
Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)

10. Ouzat al Kahira "L'Oca del Cairo"

Performer: Alain Aubin (Voice)
Conductor: Milen Natchev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Language: Italian
Notes: Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)

11. Egyptian Symphony no 25 in G minor

Performer: Rabah Dalil (Darabukka), Mohammed Mostafa (Rebab), Mustafa Abd Al'-Aziz (),
Ragab Sadek (Daf), Rabah Dalil (Rik), Nabil Diab (Darabukka),
Ibrahim Shahin ()
Conductor: Milen Natchev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Notes: On this selection Mustafa Abd Al'Aziz plays arghul, and Ibrahim Shahin plays kawal.
Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)

12. Dhikr/Requiem/Golgotha

Performer: Sheikh Mohamed Al Helbawy (Voice)
Conductor: Milen Natchev
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Notes: On this selection Mustafa Abd Al'Aziz plays arghul, and Ibrahim Shahin plays kawal.
Cairo, Egypt (1997); Bulgarian Radio Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria (1997)
This selection is sung in Arabic, Bulgarian, Coptic, Greek and Latin.


Credits:
Choir - Radio Sofia Sinfonic Orchestra
Orchestra - Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra , Radio Sofia Sinfonic Orchestra


Sunday, 6 June 2010

Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea - The Mozart Sessions (1996)







Genre: Classical, Jazz
Format: flac + cue + log
Released: 1996
Label: Sony


Review by William Ruhlmann (allmusic.com)

The informal title says a great deal about the contents of The Mozart Sessions, which could have been called Concerti for Piano and Orchestra, Nos. 23 and 20, since that is, for the most part, what it is. But of course the conductors, vocalist Bobby McFerrin and jazz keyboard player Chick Corea, are not your average classical musicians. Nor is there any doubt about the non-traditional
nature of the recording, when it starts with McFerrin's patented improvisational vocals followed
by Corea's piano inventions under the title "Prelude." So, for a start, purists should be warned away. On the other hand, the more adventurous may be slightly disappointed, since after they get the preliminaries out of the way, McFerrin and Corea, aided and abetted by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, turn in pleasant but unexceptional readings of the concerti, with Corea especially eschewing any attempt at dazzle in what are usually showcase pieces. The piano work is fluid and the orchestral accompaniment delicate, but the principals seem sufficiently concerned about getting anything wrong not to really take off. At the end, as Corea once again improvises in tandem with McFerrin's voice, one longs for more of their interaction, perhaps in a less restrictive context.






1. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No 23 In A Major K 488-1-Prelude-Allegro
2. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No 23 In A Major K 488-2-Adagio
3. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No 23 In A Major K 488-3-Allegro Assai
4. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No 2 In D Minor K 466-1-Prelude-Allegro
5. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No 2 In D Minor K 466-2-Romance
6. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No 2 In D Minor K 466-3-Rondo (Allegro Assai)
7. Song For Amadeus-Improvisation On Sonata No 2 In F Major K 28-189E-2 Adagio





1. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Chick Corea (Piano)
Conductor: Bobby McFerrin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1786

Date of Recording: 1996
Length: 29 Minutes 36 Secs.

Notes: This selection begins with an improvisation entitled "Prelude" (Bobby McFerrin, vocals; Chick Corea, piano).


2. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Chick Corea (Piano)
Conductor: Bobby McFerrin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1785

Date of Recording: 1996
Length: 34 Minutes 0 Secs.

Notes: This selection begins with an improvisation entitled "Prelude" (BobbyMcFerrin, vocals; Chick Corea, piano).


3. Song for Amadeus by Chick Corea
Performer: Bobby McFerrin (Voice), Chick Corea (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: USA

Date of Recording: 1996
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs.

Notes: This work is an improvisation on the Adagio (2nd) movement of W. A. Mozart's "Sonata for Piano no. 2 in F Major, K. 280 (189e)".






Saturday, 24 April 2010

Patrick Rondat & Herve N'Kaoua - Patrick Rondat & Herve N'Kaoua 2008






Genre: Classic, Neo-classical Metal
Format: flac + cue + log
Released: 2008
Label: XIII Bis Records






01.
Mozart : Les Noces de Figaro, K492 : Ouverture
02. Vivaldi : Concerto N°4 en Fa Mineur, Rv297 'L'Hiver' : Allegro Non Molto
03. Vivaldi : Concerto N°4 en Fa Mineur, Rv297 'L'Hiver' : Largo
04. Vivaldi : Concerto N°4 en Fa Mineur, Rv297 'L'Hiver' : Allegro
05. Beethoven : Sonate N°3 en Mi Bemol Majeur, Opus 12 N°3 : Allegro Con Spirito
06. Beethoven : Sonate N°4 en La Mineur, Opus 23 : Allegro Molto
07. Beethoven : Sonate N°1 en Re Majeur, Opus 12 N°1 : Allegro Con Brio
08. Beethoven : Sonate N°2 en La Majeur, Opus 12 N°2 : Andante Piu Tosto Allegretto
09. Beethoven : Sonate N°7 en Do Mineur, Opus 30 N°2 : Finale
10. Vivaldi : Concerto N°2 en Sol Mineur, Rv315 'L'Ete' : Presto
11. Kreisler : Prelude et Allegro dans le style de Pugnani
12. Faure : Sonate en La Majeur, Opus 13 : Allegro Vivo




When the metal and classical music together ... Known for having already released five albums and a live instrumental, Patrick Rondat is a guitarist of many talents. He has never hidden his passion for classical music. In making the acquaintance of musician Herve N'Kaoua this project to unite electric guitar and acoustic piano for performances of classical themes has finally taken shape. An accomplished pianist, first prize at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, Herve N'Kaoua been developing for several years an international career as soloist and recitalist. It is with this partner has an impressive resume that Rondat has carefully selected the works that make up this disc. Drawn from the directories of Beethoven, Faure (sonatas), Kreisler (Prelude and Allegro), Vivaldi (Winter of the 4 seasons), Mozart (the opening of The Marriage of Figaro), these pieces originally written for piano and violin, have was recorded live and in duet. An exercise and a novel approach that shatter the boundaries that some had been put up between two musical worlds, a priori, if different.













Tuesday, 6 April 2010

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Hits Of Phil Collins (1990)





Genre: Classical, Easy Listening
Format: FLAC + cue + log
Released: 1990
Label: Edel





01. In the Air Tonight
02. A Groovy Kind of Love
03. Easy Lover
04. Do You Remember?
05. I Wish It Would Rain Down
06. Against All Odds
07. Another Day in Paradise
08. Two Hearts
09. One More Night
10. Take Me Home












Ten of Collins' soft-rock hits (including "In the Air Tonight," "One More Night," and the cover of "Groovy Kind of Love") are given a smooth, friendly easy-listening treatment on this disc; the only drawback are the oppressive synthesized drums, which give the entire recording a mechanical feel.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide