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Uplifting and powerful - Era
on 21 February 2006
I first heard one of these tracks by accident and was enthralled. This track was 'The Mass', which uses music from Carmina Burana, adding strings, bells, funky drum beats and a new vocal line which breaks away and soars beyond the original score, though it keeps to a similar style and lyrics.
This is only one of the many excellent tracks on this album created by Eric Levi. The whole album is vaguely reminiscent of Jean Paul Jarre, Enigma and other artists who produce 'fusion' music. I was struck by the purity and power of the vocals, both monastic and modern, the crispness of the rythms and the way Levi has created a harmonious whole from old and new. Herin is something for all tastes. Some of the other tracks...
Ameno: Brooding strings, male voices, with a powerful chorus feeding in, followed by a gradual introduction of more modern instruments.
Don't Go Away: Brooding strings again, with clear tenor voices and a clean modern rythm cutting in. These provide backing for the clean strong vocals of Lena Jinnegren.
Mother: One of the weaker tracks, has a softer focus, gentler vocals and odd softly-spoken lyrics over slightly maudlin strings.
Looking For Something: slightly reminiscent of Dido at the start, lyrics over a light percussion rythm, then interspersed with male chorus.
Enae Volare: Powerful fusion of vocals and drums, use of synth effects but retains the mediaeval feel to the vocals.
Cathar Rythm: Begins with an unusal beaten rythm which continues throughout, overlaid with male soloist and flowing choral vocals. Bass drums and electric guitars strike in later on.
I Believe: Orchestral using a light choir and lends you that warm fuzzy feeling you get from Last Night of the Proms or a gentle neo-classical film soundtrack.
At worst it is a classical mongrel but I would prefer to say that this is one of the best of its genre, being fresh, exciting, peaceful, uplifting and thoughtful.
You'll like this album if you are a fan of : Enya, Dido, Mike Oldfield, Enigma, Gregorian Chant, Mediaeval Babes, Carl Orff... or just something nice to listen to at the end of a long day!