Really - what is 'world music'?? It seems a dismissive/arbitrary term, like it's a different world from the one we live in. Actually, that may be relevant, considering this is a very meditative, introspective album and the world we live in nowadays is anything but. Oregon are one of my favorite ensembles - they made very intelligent, unusual music that breathed. They communicated to each other through notes, dynamics, etc. I would say anything they put out in the '70's was worth owning (can't speak for their '80's output).
The instrumentation on this one mainly consists of hand drums, tabla, sitar, acoustic guitar, piano, and oboe (no vocals). I have a hard time explaining why this is my favorite Oregon album. It seems very sensitive, very pure and natural. I can listen to it anytime, anywhere. I've been listening to it on the way to work and on the way back. I also have a hard time telling the difference between the improvised sections and the written out sections, which I think speaks highly to their abilities. Even when the music gets frenetic, there's a very calming presence guiding the whole thing. "The Silence Of A Candle" (isn't that the title? Kind of pretentious, but anyway) is absolutely Zen-like, beautiful and quite possibly my favorite track. Anyhoo, if you're looking for something not rock and not traditional, Oregon are awesome, unique, stimulating and sensual - definitely a band who should get more credit.