OUTER VOICE

First, the disclaimer: I am not a musician, this review contains only the feelings and personal impressions these songs give me. Approach it more like you are reading someone's diary, it is very personal.

The drought is over, and boy in what way! Boy, I really don't know where to start, I love everything about this CD. It has been like someone whacked me on the head with a 2 by 4 and I am in this state or gleeful semi-unconsciousness, just lost in the music..... If this CD came with a Surgeon General's warning, it would be to avoid driving while listening to it. It will make you think way too much and you will not pay attention to the road! Think of this CD as a giant canvas in which the songs are "painted" on. Not that they are necessarily related to each other but there is definitely a subtle thread that joins them. It is an awesome thing to wander (and wonder) you way through. OK, enough gushing, on with the review :-)...

The songs:
1. The Symptom: Awesome song about how life has a way of changing when you least expect it...
2. Be Like That: This is the funkiest, most cool song, music-wise of the CD. I absolutely love the drums in it.
3. All of the Above: I am still working on this one, love the music, don't know what to make of the lyrics...
4. Boyozo: first one of the three songs with non-English lyrics, very cool chant
5. Can't Wait Long: *sigh* Songs about longing to see someone always get to me.......
6. Secrets of Freedom: Very catchy tune with Joe Higgs (known as the Father of Reggae) doing the lead vocals. Get up and dance!
7. So Far: On this one Miles Jay performs the Bass parts, awesome work......just plain and simple.
8. Now is in Blurland: Ahhhhh! This is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. Most of the lyrics are from Whaterever it is (Tangled Strings) but the new arrangement gives the new song a totally different feel. Makes me want to get up and dance. I totally dig songs with a Middle Eastern flair...
9. Umma Umma Umma: Even if it is not in English this is one to just close your eyes and let the chant take you away. See what I say about not driving while listening to this?
10. The Only Difference: Wow, this song could be interpreted in so many ways... Looove the flute parts. Is there an instrument that Steve cannot play? (Wonder if he has ever played the Cuatro, hmmmm)
11. Odds Bodkins: Well, I am still looking up what all the instruments in this song are (see, this is not only a musical experience, it is also educational ;-)), very funky, unusual sounds....
12. Outer Voice: This one sends shivers down my spine.......The intro to it is out of this world, when you just get into the music the lyrics start, like there were always there but just now become "visible", a very cool effect. I also love what he does with the accordion in this, listen to it closely...
13.Arial Varial: the unexpected treat, a very cool instrumental piece that lets you experience Steve's mastery of the Bass..........

Well, there it is... Do I have any complaints about this CD? Yep, just one... that the songs that are not in English don't have at least a short explanation of what the gist of them are. But like I was told once, to question things can sometimes spoil the whole effect. So, in that spirit, I'll continue listening and wondering.

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Thanks for reading my little review ;-)....

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