This set heralds the much welcome return of Helen Jane Long after her 2007 set "Porcelain".
Those that enjoyed that album will find much to enjoy again this time around... Helen hasn't strayed far from that album.... in essence, this is another album of piano solo arrangements with some string accompanying on the majority of the tracks.
I loved her last album and im really enjoying getting to know some new arrangements by Helen. In the past, when i have played this music to others, i have heard the same criticism that it's too samey, dull, slow and boring but i find Helen's work anything but... it's not music for a wild house party or anything... but it's for more relaxed, quiet times... and there's nothing wrong with that...
My personal faves so far:
Embers is a great opener. it's a lovely, slow burning (pardon the pun) track that draws you in immediately to a more quiet and still mood.
One day is a more energetic piece, its got a lovely breezy feel to it.
To Dust- my fave so far, i love how the strings and piano arrangements feed off each other... it gives the track a lovely lilting feel.
Besides and Just - the closing two tracks are very soothing, slow and pensive in tone.
Overall, i find this album to be just as enjoyable as her 2007 "Porcelain"... maybe some might feel it's too samey or too alike her last album, but i'm glad she has stayed true to herself and her great skill on the piano shines through resoundingly on this album again... i say, listen closely and give each piece a proper chance to sink in, and you'll find yourself drifting away, relaxing and enjoying the music for what it is... soulful and soothing music.
A job well done by Helen Jane Long again!