Far be it from me to disagree with Jeff Dunn. After all, he's a composer, a reviewer, has advanced degrees in both music and rocks, is an active member of the NACUSA ... is, in short, a player. (One day, I'll figure out what rocks have to do with music, but I'm sure Jeff knows.)
Oh, yeah -- "rock ('n' roll) music." It's all clear to me now.
Jeff's assessment of this piece as "good background music for a film" is no doubt accurate, and folks like Bernard Hermann would love him for it. Hell, Leonard Bernstein would love him for it since Lenny did a pretty nice job with the "background music" to a little thing titled "West Side Story."
I, personally, think Ms. Pavlova's music is a tad more than suitable "background music" for a film or anything else. I think Ms. Pavlova's music is every bit as worthy of one's undivided aural attention as that of Arvo Paert, Philip Glass, Georgs Pelecis, Steve Reich, John Adams and, no doubt, a host of other contemporary composers whose names escape me at the moment.
Since when is minimalism a sin? For that matter, would Jeff Dunn gainsay Bach's, Beethoven's, Brahms's, Mozart's -- just to name a few -- use of simple (minimalist) melodies in some of their most memorable pieces? I dare say he would.
As Samuel Johnson observed about the literary critic, "The purpose of a writer is to be read, and the criticism which would destroy the power of pleasing must be blown aside."
But then, Samuel Johnson knew nothing of rocks.
Buy the CD (or at least the MP3 of "Elegy"). You won't be disappointed.