I really, really wanted to like this album with the intriguing title (from "The Wizard of Oz") and interesting cover art. The dedication to the three musicians' music teachers also piqued my interest, but no matter how many times I listened to "Asleep in a Field of Poppies" or where I listened to it, I just couldn't get into it. On several tracks, the piano is badly out of tune, and on several more, the percussion seems out of place and overpowering. Many times, the thought crossed my mind that the album seemed very amateurish and unfinished. Most of the songs are at the same slow, easy tempo, but that gets boring without at least a few changes here and there. Some of the songs are very pleasant, but then the drums come in with an indication that something dramatic is going to happen, and it never does. A better piano and less percussion could make a big improvement.
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