All instrumental in nature once again this brilliantly executed collection of music comes together effortlessly as one extended suite of music, instead of fourteen separate tracks. Much like on the WST, the ethereal flute playing of Pierre Gillet is once again featured prominently on the absolutely gorgeous "Reach Out And Be Connected" and "A State Of Mind". Likewise another returning member, guitarist David Epis is on hand to provide some tasteful embellishments when needed, even contributing some lute work as well. There is such an amazing amount of depth to be found within the arrangements and the performances on each and every one of these tracks. Every musician featured on Connected has totally bought into Laloux's vision and they are there to serve the song first and foremost.
It really can't get any better than "Real Moments", a song that features an absolutely soul stirring melody performed by pianist Stéphane Stas, coupled with superb performances from Gillet and Epis once again. On "The Messenger" we are treated to some exquisite violin playing from Fasli Kamberi that is wrapped around another of David Epis' articulate solos. Guest musicians Ingrid Procurer (harp) and Adrian Legrand (cello) add their colorful touches to "Just For You", another dreamy composition that absolutely shines. If I leave out any one of these fourteen tracks it's not to lessen their importance because each song definitely feels like it's an integral part of the whole experience that is Connected. The album winds down with a couple of majestic pieces of music, "Life Is Not In Vain" and "Nothing Is Finished, Everything Goes On", before closing with an adaptation of a traditional Indian spiritual song "Follow The Spirit", which features the vocals of Jerry Dunson who is originally from the Kiowa and Ponca Indian tribes of Oklahoma. As I mentioned at the top of this review Connected definitely feels like a natural extension of the first album We Stay Together.
The natural grace and beauty flowing through this record makes for a truly captivating listening experience from beginning to end. Music this enriching doesn't come along all that often, so do yourself and Philippe a favor and pick up a copy of Connected. Trust me you will not be disappointed. Note: You can preview the tracks and purchase We Stay Together and Connected directly at Amazon.com Track Listing 1) Looking At The Sky 2) Reach Out And Be Connected 3) A State Of Mind 4) Union 5) Real Moments 6) As A Prayer 7) The Messenger 8) Just For You 9) Spiral Of Lives 10) The Blue In My Sky 11) From The Other Side 12) Life Is Not In Vain 13) Nothing Is Finished, Everything Goes On 14) Follow The Spirit Added: June 16th 2010 Reviewer: Ryan Sparks Score: Related Link: Amazon Hits: 170 Language: english Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more