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Sat, 02 Oct 2004

Dreamcatcher / Secret Garden
I'm starting to see a pattern in the selections here. More New Age than I'd have predicted; I got introduced to it just after college and moved on long before it became the choice of elevators everywhere. And more violins; I think of myself as having more of a pop rather than an orchestral sensibility. But maybe that's just self-delusion. Or maybe I'm more interested in writing about music that's a little less mainstream.

Whichever the reason, here comes another New Age recording with violins. Secret Garden is a keyboardist from Norway and a violinist from Ireland, along with various supporting musicians on the tracks. A strange combination, but one that offers characteristics of two very different musical traditions.

How to describe it... Think Enya with fewer vocals, and without every song sounding quite so much the same. It's a pleasant background when you want to relax, while showing greater complexity if you care to give it your attention. Sounds like a pretentious wine, doesn't it?

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