Cons: Where there's smoke, there's not necessarily a fire...
The Bottom Line: Now I know where The Weather Channel gets its music...haha.
Several years ago my older sister was into a piano phase. She wanted music to relax to, and piano seemed to be her ticket. Understandable, as I too love piano and managed to acquire a few all-piano CDs a few months ago (joy). However, after she bought this, she realized it wasnt exactly what she was looking for (always leaping before looking, that girl), and so pawned it off on my mother and me.
I listened to it a few times before handing it over to mom. No idea what she did with it. But it ended up downstairs, lonely and forgotten. I think I know why, but well get to that.
The instruments you will hear in this CD include: guitars (acoustic and electric), piano, saxophone, bass, keys, drums, a flugelhorn (dont ask, Im just the messenger), and plenty of different synthed sounds mixed in. Each song is made to be mellow, simply done in a different manner and with different instruments in the forefront. Im not going to go into too much detail at all for aforementioned reasons, just be skimming over noteworthy items.
1.) Touchstone 5:18 It starts off promising with just piano, but that soon disappears as plenty of other sounds show up, and it goes to the background. Not sure I like that, but oh well.
2.) The Naked Truth 5:45 Mostly a lot of guitar here, going on and on, doing its own thing without too much thought to the rest of the background music. But it changes so often, the length doesnt seem to be long at all.
3.) Where Theres Smoke 4:59 This makes me think of Kenny G, I swear. Its the sax. Ive got nothing against saxophone, but because of Kenny and the overplay he got, it just pops in there now. Heh, not really much dissimilarity, actually...
4.) On a Lark 4:51 I like the little finger snap sounds in this, as well as the casual guitars. Its a little desert-style, if you will.
5.) Tongue in Cheek 5:21 More mixed stuff along with acoustic guitars, much quieter than previous tracks, even more toned down (if possible). It does pick up a little later on, but not too much to divert it from its utter mellowness.
6.) Lighter Than Air 4:08 This is the song where I keep waiting for some guy to burst in with lyrics. Instead I get the saxophone again, picking things up a little more than it was last time. Not sure I like the synthy sounds though.
7.) Back to Basics 4:35 Yay bass. He gets center stage this time, but not much in the ways of supporting instruments. The song didnt seem right for the bass, actually. Everything else was much too high-pitched and fast paced. Bass needs something cooler, slower, more watery.
8.) The Red Dress 6:55 More sax. The lady in the red dress has just walked into the room and the sax is happy about it. Hes slick though, so he shows his appreciation without getting crazy. Slow and martini in hand wins the race.
9.) Passionworks 3:57 Hey theres the flugelhorn. Think along the lines of toned down trumpet and youre cool. The only thing behind it would be tiny percussion and faint bass.
10.) Thunderstruck 5:03 Yay piano! Aww not much of it. It sort of shows up and goes away, the bass and electric guitar quietly filling in. And I think thats thunder in the background. Sort of odd, but appropriate. No magical final flourish at the end; the CD goes out exactly how it started.
This CD brought to you by Contours: Music for the Good Life. Eh, whatever. Lifescapes beats you 10 to 1. Its just that no Lifescapes CDs are listed on Epinions so I must suffer for it. Anyway, it is a good CD, but just doesnt hit me in the right way. Sure, if you plan on falling asleep, this would be fine and dandy to listen to. Or you could turn on The Weather Channel. Same stuff. Maybe a little more chilled, but still in the right area. And thats nothing against Weather Channel music sometimes I like what they play. But for me, it has low replay value. Really low. As in, I-probably-wont-listen-to-this-again-after-Im-done-reviewing-it low. Its not bad, let me make this known. Its just not for me.
Im certain there are some of you out there who would enjoy this. Everyone has their different tastes. Soak in the tub and listen. Read a book and sip lemonade and listen. Whatever your fancy is to enjoy it. Those are the people Im recommending it to. Slightly jazzy, Kenny G mixes.