Entries tagged with “Music Reviews”

Music Review: Cello & Piano Meditations, Music for Relaxation and Healing

Cello & Piano Meditations: Music for Relaxation and HealingDavid Darling and Jacqueline Tschabold BhuyanSounds True Some years ago, pianist Jacqueline Tschabold Bhuyan suffer…

Music Review: Charity - Songs of the Native American Church

Kevin YazzieCanyon RecordsFor thousands of years, peyote has been sanctified as a medicine for emotional healing and spiritual connection among the indigenous peoples of North and …

Music Review: Clean

Paul Jones is an accomplished jazz saxophonist, and for his second album—Clean—he’s courageously combined elements of two other diverse musical realms: classical minima…

Music Review: Continuum

ContinuumNik BärtschECMLooking for a deep sensory experience? Hang out inside Continuum, the new album from Nik Bärtsch and his Mobile ensemble. This is 21st-century Zen-Funk Ritua…

Music Review: Crosswinds

Crosswinds: World Flute ConversationsRajendra TeredesaiReal MusicCrosswinds is a truly beautiful flute-based album; calming, evocative, and inspiring. The emotionally intelligent f…

Music Review: Deep Africa

Deep ForestBig 3 Records“Amber Opening” is a smooth, flowing song that begins this lively, rhythm-based album. The sweeping synthesizer pads, vocal harmonies, and cracking drums co…

Music Review: Deuter

DeuterReiki Hands of LoveNEW EARTH RECORDSReiki Hands of Love is a sensitive, melodic journey wonderfully designed for a connected mind-body experience. From the opening piano note…

Music Review: Deva

Deva Premal and Miten have been making music together for almost 30 years. Their mantra-based albums are loved worldwide, and, with Nepalese flutist/vocalist Manose, they play to a…

Music Review: Dionysus

Like all of Dead Can Dance’s albums, this Australian world beat/neoclassical group’s latest offering is an epic and ethereal work, informed by the music and lore of many cultures a…

Music Review: Down Come the Walls

DOWN COME THE WALLS is a heart-opening album about personal transformation and removing barriers to authenticity. It’s also about the political walls of our time. “We started recor…

Music Review: Elwan

ElwanTinariwenANTIIn spite of the danceable grooves that Tinariwen has been known to deliver, a Tamashek-to-English translation of the lyrics on this celebrated Tuareg band’s eight…

Music Review: Freedom Highway

Freedom HighwayRhiannon GiddensNonesuch RecordsFreedom Highway is the new album of soulful Southern tunes by Rhiannon Giddens, who previously won a Grammy Award as a member of the …

Music Review: Future Politics

Future PoliticsAustraDomino Recording CompanyElectronic pop band Austra was founded in Toronto, Canada, in 2009 by opera-trained vocalist Katie Stelmanis. (Austra is her middle nam…

Music Review: Heartbeats: Music Infused Nights

Heartbeats: Music Infused InsightsMonique RhodesSounds TrueAwakening to the present moment—“the eternal now”—is a spiritual thread that weaves through Heartbeats: Music Infused Ins…

Music Review: Here in Heaven

DONNA DE LORY’S new album, Here in Heaven, begins with percussive vocals that bring to mind Indian singer Sheila Chandra. Elements of pop, world music, chanting, and spiritually fo…

Music Review: Holler

Amy Ray’s sixth solo album, Holler, explores a range of topics like addiction, immigration, despair, and racism. The lyrics are inspired by Ray’s own spiritual and social sensibili…

Music Review: Hommage à Eberhard Weber

Hommage à Eberhard Weberwith Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton, and the SWR Big BandECMAlthough Jazz musician Eberhard Weber had a stroke in 2007 that’s made it impossible for…

Music Review: Ilanga (The Sun)

Afrika Mamas was founded in South Africa in 1998 by Ntombi Lushaba. The riveting a cappella group is made up of Lushaba and five other single mothers, with 11 children between them.

Music Review: Immortelle

ImmortelleDeuterNew Earth RecordsFor critics of the New Age genre that Deuter helped pioneer, the notion of an album whose songs are named after various medicinal plants and flower…

Music Review: Incantations

IncantationsSheela Bringi Black SwanSoulful music has probably always blossomed from an array of musical styles and sounds across planet Earth, carrying within it a diversity …