Recently at TWSH we were asked if we would review an album. Of course we said yes, we review anything. However this album turned out to be very different to anything we have reviewed so far. The album we’ve been presented with is a modern Piano album. I can already hear some of you going ‘Oh no classical music!’, but give us a chance. Here at TWSH we’re open to everything and we’re going to try and encourage you to be the same.
We did wonder why we’d been asked to review this album as we wouldn’t have chosen us for this kind of thing, but we’re very glad we were asked to do so as it’s a really lovely instrumental album that shows of some true musicianship like being able to write complex music and being able to do this thing called playing an instrument that can be so lacking in some of todays modern music.
This album is made up of 17 carefully chosen modern piano pieces. All of the tracks are quite mellow, with harmonious uplifting melodies that offer the perfect soundtrack to wind down after a busy day. Each track tells it’s own individual story with variance in mood, cadence and energy. Not to take away from any of the other pieces, but, ‘Masterpiece’, for example, even contains a switch to a light five bar jazz phrase towards the end which was a pleasant surprise. The track itself still carries itself wonderfully, showing just how this album has been fit together to provide an album that is both beautiful and touching, this goes for the compositions just as much as the album itself.
Each individual track is inspired and well crafter, with the album itself being put together in such a way each track balances well with the next. Every track could work well within movie and television soundtracks, with flowing gentle melodies that inspire quiet moments of reflection, moments that make you think of sleepy american towns, of grand landscapes, grand journeys, early mornings, and even set the tone to provide back drops to a great love story, a triumph, a return home, a first meeting or a long goodbye.
Overall we love this album and are so happy that we were asked to review this, and with the graceful talents of so many artists there is much to choose from and it’s difficult to identify a favourite. There’s something for everyone, no matter your musical taste.
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