Volume 94, Issue 26
Tuesday, October 17, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Yanni's got soothing musical potion
If I Could Tell You
The mesmerizing New Age sounds contained on Yanni's latest album, If I Could Tell You, are rumoured to have the ability to miraculously mend a broken heart.
As a self-taught keyboardist and composer, Yanni has established himself as a studio musician, composer and producer. Most of the music is played by instruments rather than synthesizers, which in turn successfully arouse repressed emotions.
The song "On Sacred Ground" draws listeners in by painting a picture of a swimmer, while "November Sky" stirs up inner feelings as it passes by. The combination of sounds in "Highlands" creates a graceful melodic line with an upward swinging motion. Yanni's Greek roots are woven into "In Your Eyes," as well as most of the other tracks, adding a sincere texture to the finished product.
The album is alive with a pure style that allows the music to be clearly heard. With If I Could Tell You, Yanni blends the mystical tone of his trademark keyboard orchestration into a sophisticated album.
When a man has no voice and seriously lacks material to write, you get Lovers Leap, the latest release from Dan Bryk.
This album can hardly be classified in one specific genre, but it is similar to the lighter rock style of Ben Folds Five and The Philosopher Kings.
Still, Bryk is no Ben Folds.
The biggest problems with this album are Bryk's annoying voice and his lyrics. The track, "Spadina Expressway," clearly shows his lack of musical creativity. This song was most likely written while he was attempting to make it into downtown Toronto.
In a clever move, however, Bryk uses an intelligent concept to compare his relationship with a woman to a traffic jam.
"Fingers," is an incredibly interesting tale of a young boy's encounter with an older man. Seemingly innocent at first, the song's lyrics turn taboo when it describes the man's undoing of the boy's belt and the regret he feels because of it. The tale goes downhill from there as the boy eventually shoots the older man in the head.
Despite all of these problems, there is one track with great potential. "Bound To Be Happy" is an enjoyable listen on which, unlike most of the other tracks on the album, the pace of the song remains quick, as opposed to dropping off during the verses.
Bryk's pubescent vocals, filled with voice cracks, are a major flaw for this album. The poor song writing does not help, since most of the lyrics are silly.
Unfortunately, this is not an album that one should feel compelled to rush out and purchase.
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