Here we have a compilation firmly aimed at the female market - indeed, the press release that came with the review copy talks about unwinding after a busy day, "candles, glass of plonk, kids locked in the shed". It also makes the claim that this album could "end road rage, solve the problems in the middle east and create a global warm glow". Well, lets see, shall we.
It isn't actually that bad a bunch of songs, but with a baffling tracklisting. We lurch from the fashionable (Jose Gonzalez sublime cover of "Heartbeats", KT Tunstall) to the quite frankly embarrassing (Clannad and "The Inspector Morse Theme" for goodness sake).
As for relaxing, well yes, some songs do fit that bill. "Albatross" by Fleetwood Mac is just gorgeous, Peter Green's effortless guitar creating a sense of peace and tranquillity, as does "Heartbeats". One of the problems though is that these songs are mostly all very familiar, usually for where else they have been used. "Tubular Bells" makes you think of The Exorcist. "Cavatina" makes me think of someone blowing their head of in a game of Russian roulette. Hardly very relaxing really...
As is common on a compilation of this type, there are also some real duffers. Jamie Cullum should have the back of his legs slapped for his cover of Radioheads "High and Dry". Enigma's "Return to Innocence" just gets on my nerves, as does "Adiemus". But there also some great songs - "Wires" by Athlete is a powerful piece, "The Fool on the Hill" is as good as always, and "Chi Mai" by Ennio Morricone is a chilling piece of music.
This is another very mixed bag, and not that relaxing in all honesty. However, effort has been made it seems to provide something a little bit different, so it might be worth your trouble. I think its fair to say that the problems in the middle east will still rumble on, but that doesn't stop this album being nice background music at a dinner party. But that is about all it is good for.
Last updated: 19/04/2018 06:10:57