English Rock Band
The musical moods conveyed in this CD are varied, from the impassioned title track to the sweet and gentle "Tender Love". The collection opens with "Familiar Stranger" - a light and upbeat piece of musical sunshine. "Sunbeams At Twilight" is darker and more abstract - less rhythmic and more atmospheric."When Soul and Heart Collide" starts out gently and gradually builds momentum and emotional power. This is definitely a man at one with his piano, and the piece is exceptional in its openness and strength. "Racing Hearts and New Love" is pure joy. "In Memoriam" is a loving tribute to a trusted friend and mentor. Although much of this piece is sad and reflective, there is an underlying current of hope. At a little more than seven minutes, many musical ideas are able to develop and evolve into other themes - much as emotions often quickly change with the loss of a loved one. This is another truly exceptional piece of music. "Into the Sunset" is both reverent and majestic - almost anthemic. The final track is a duet variation on the title song with pianist Alex Uttermann. This version is also very effective and quite different from the solo - a compelling musical dialogue.
An exceptional album from start to finish, I highly recommend "When Soul and Heart Collide".
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