David Helpling • Jon Jenkins "The Crossing" CD
For sure the stunning artwork of Michal Karcz from Poland will attract each listener even without exploring the sonic part of "The Crossing". But let's hear the music of these two Californians.
The album starts right away with "Awake", a track that follows the footsteps of unforgettable predecessors "Treasure" and "Beyond Words: Rare Live Treasures". "Two Paths" and "From The Smallest Seed" get even closer, cinematic ambient at its best with lots of energy and excitement. Ear catching rhythm parts are nicely colored with aerial washes, full of dramatical changes in tempo. Really nice blend of gentle electronics, blanket guitars and always striking percussions, these guys simply know how to produce desired and attractive flavour for each of their works. Hauntingly beautiful and evocative "The Same Sky" and "The Crossing" belong to the highlights on this album. Dreamy and mysterious "Above All", "For The Fallen" and "Not Forgotten" get my votes too for their relieving atmospheres, wonderful and also perfectly fitting the cover artwork concept!!! Smooth and crystalline "The Lesson", "To The Ends Of The Earth" and "Lifted" are another strong pieces too.
Summary? Perfectly sculpted and crafted compositions, as always top-notch sound quality, amazing artwork, all this packaged in glossy 6-panel digipak, can we ask for more? A product loaded with art!!!
Richard Gürtler (Dec 26, 2010, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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