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Peter Bardens


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2.78 | 17 ratings

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3 stars This early 90s release by Bardens sounds a lot like a soundtrack, and indeed it did appear as accompaniment to a nature oriented video in addition to the CD form, just so you know what you are getting into.

Only 2 of the tracks have vocals this time around, and both have strong memorable melodies and arrangements. "Higher Ground" is a rocker by Bardens' post Camel standards, with some harmonic rhythm guitar as well as fine lead guitar solos and sprightly keyboards. The beats are very Alan Parsons oriented, but the overall feel is much lighter and happier. The other "song" is "Is it Any Wonder", is another groove laced mellow tune that's hard to get out of your head.

The instrumentals are in the new age vein with admittedly more programmed rhythm, remind me of Patrick O'Hearn at times. The best of these are the opener "Journey", "Shape of the Rain" and "Ghostwater". One suspects that some of the remainder might work better in the context of a full audio visual experience.

If you want a Bardens' solo album that is more focused on his instrumentals, this might be the one to get, as long as you and electronic new age music mix together better than oil and water.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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