English Rock Band
With a theme of unity, peace, and the healing of Earth and its inhabitants, the music is very emotional and dramatic. I am especially impressed with "Listen... The Earth Is Weeping" - a tour de force with orchestration, keyboards, and percussion. Strong Eastern influences are heard, but there is a very universal quality that is so fitting and appropriate to the theme. At 9 1/2 minutes, this piece is fully realized and is mesmerizing from start to finish - I can't get enough of "Listen...", and would recommend the CD based on that track even if the rest of the CD wasn't fascinating. But it is! It opens with "Home", a study in peaceful tranquility with flute, cello, and harp. "Soliloquy" is a lovely, serene "duet" with cello and synth. "Farewell", composed in honor of Clearfield's father, is haunting - simple, direct, and from the heart. "The Return and Dance of Gaia" is much more upbeat and rhythmic. There are Eastern influences in this piece, too, giving it a very warm and exotic feel. "Dream Manifestation" is cinematic in its sweep and grandeur. A bittersweet, questioning mood on piano builds to a dramatic climax and becomes delicate and gentle as the cello assumes the lead. "The Marriage of Heaven and Earth" is almost anthemic with several movements, and gives the closing a very peaceful message of peace and optimism. This is a very moving and powerful work, and I highly recommend it.
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