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Posted on Sunday, December 02, 2007 @ 02:08:42 UTC
Artist: Acoustic Serenade
Home: Caspar, California
Style: Instrumental Acoustic Guitar
Quote: "This is not dinner or aromatherapy mood music. The guitars are alive and passionate. Firedance commands your full attention."
By Jennifer Layton
Guitarists Bob Dease and Robert van Buuren are back with their second album, one that feels even richer and more sophisticated than their debut. While I recommended their first album as a great way to relax and mentally sail away, I found this one more absorbing – capturing the imagination, pulling in the senses, even making me want to dance in a couple of places. This is not dinner or aromatherapy mood music. The guitars are alive and passionate. Firedance commands your full attention.
The melodies sing in a language all their own. The strings really do feel like a voice singing lyrics. In “Gondolas in the Moonlight” and “Celtic Crossing,” they are seductive, romantic and dreamy. The latter transports me to a mist-covered lake hundreds of miles and years away. The title track is feisty and spunky, with a tempo I could flamenco dance to. “Basic Instinct” is jazzy and laid-back. “Desert Sojourn” is mysterious, hinting of danger, with full strumming that feels like footsteps on the sand.
My personal favorite is “Southern Belle,” with its rock vibe and the full-on attitude of a sassy blonde. Instrumental music has never made me laugh before. The humor of this one caught me unexpectedly. That’s how I know these songs are alive.
Artist Website: http://www.acousticserenade.com
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