Until hearing this album (before I'd heard its immediate predecessor, Sapphire) I'd never been really enthused by anything from KM. I had for a while then sold Cherry Blossom which basically has only two outstanding tracks on it. This one though is utterly brilliant from end to end ~ no vocal tracks to pollute things and a highly imaginative blend of East and Western musical flavours, quite spine tingling in places. It's said that the mark of a true master is the apparent ease of accomplishment and that is surely never more so than here.
As much as the music, it's the sounds as well which make this so magical, not least thanks to bass guitar samples courtesy of John Patitucci, Marcus Miller and Abe Laboriel. Paul Taylor's still the man in the sax department with his somewhat tortured soprano sound, but fortunately there isn't too much of him. This is much better (in my book) than either Doll or Cherry Blossom and, from various reports, better than just about any of her early stuff. Great. The HDCD encoding probably helps as well. After this one, though, there doesn't seem to have been another to rival it so there can be no better place to start with KM than this one.