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Max Richter: Voices 2

Read "Voices 2" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Following up on his deeply resonating album Voices (Decca, 2020) which found its inspiration in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and centred on the messages it sent in these problematic, dark political times, composer Max Richter comes up with a follow-up entitled Voices 2, and the results are mesmerizing. Most of the album was recorded during the same sessions that produced Voices, with additional sessions during lockdown when Richter recorded some of the solo piano parts at Abbey Road ...

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Album Review

Max Richter: Voices

Read "Voices" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Music is one of the most powerful means of expression. Artists have always been able to express and channel their innermost thoughts and emotions into their music. Regardless if it's a protest, a response to racism, civil rights songs, debate, speaking truth to power or a universal plea for peace, the artists have been channeling these notions and emotions into their creations to use them as a means to raise awareness and inspire change for the better. As singer and ...

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Album Review

Seal: Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


It shouldn't be a surprise that Seal would take on the American songbook, with a baritone that was made for classics like “Autumn Leaves" and “Love for Sale." Born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel in Paddington, England, the singer, guitarist and composer rose to fame with his global hits, and Grammy-winning songs, “Crazy" and “Kiss From a Rose," both from his first self-titled album (Warner Music UK, 1991). That album--and a number of subsequent Seal releases--were produced by Trevor Horn of ...

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Album Review

Imelda May: Life. Love. Flesh. Blood.

Read "Life. Love. Flesh. Blood." reviewed by Doug Collette


Collaborating with Jeff Beck, Imelda May's kitschy presence as preserved for posterity on the iconic guitar hero's Rock 'n' Roll Party (Honoring Les Paul) (Atco, 2011)is in stark contrast to the sultry black and white portrait that adorns Life. Love. Flesh. Blood. Not surprisingly, then, the British chanteuse stakes out an equally sensuous, shadowy terrain on the record, beginning with the opening track “Call Me." The spacious depth of T Bone Burnett's production just about equals the glow ...

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Extended Analysis

Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia

Read "Benedicta: Marian Chant from Norcia" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The mid-1990s so-called “new age" or “ambient" music discovered the Plainsong, leading to the release of Chant (Angel, 1973/1994) by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos. Such a spike in popularity in all things mystical was nothing novel at the end of the Twentieth Century (or any other post-civilization century, for that matter). Judging from the fact that recordings twenty years old at the time, by a non- descript group of cloistered clerics reflects that only the shallow ...

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Extended Analysis

John Williams: Guitar Recital

Read "John Williams: Guitar Recital" reviewed by AAJ Staff


John WilliamsGuitar RecitalDecca Records1996 (1959) In 1958, guitar virtuoso John Williams was a gifted teenager, and had studied with Andres Segovia. In that year he recorded an album of primarily Segovia-inspired (or themed) compositions from the growing classical guitar repertoire. The album, Guitar Recital (originally released on Delyse in 1959), was in two volumes, though the sessions were continuous. (The album has since been released by Decca). It does not contain ...

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Album Review

Elton John / Leon Russell: The Union

Read "The Union" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Elton John and Leon Russell are not so unlikely musical colleagues. Russell is slightly the elder, at 68 to John's 63, and within the age difference of two brothers. Both emerged in the early '70s, that fertile period nurtured by Woodstock the year before, and the rise of album-oriented-rock FM radio after. Both are pianists and composers of repute, with similar percussive styles and deep furrows of dirt, church, and Delta. John reveals this to be no accident as he ...


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