Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the expectations that I’d set for it. There are a few decent songs on the album; my favorite is the super short but awesomely thumped “Synaesthetic” by the Blue Man Group. It’s got one of those drum beats that sucker you in no matter what, making you jump around and wish for a bongo drum a la Florence and the Machine.
Sheila Chandra’s “Ever So Lonely” had a nice foresty feel about it, with some unique vocal sounds—but no unique lyrics, which was fine, since it was still pleasant to listen to. It sounded almost like something you’d hear in Middle Earth, which was due to both the open vowel sounds she made as well as the music itself.
But most of the other songs just weren’t for me this time around. As much as I adore Peter Gabriel, “Games Without Frontiers” is not one of my favorites, although I do agree with many of its sentiments—especially if it’s about how ridiculous adults are, and how childish they act in life. It’s just not aesthetically pleasing to me like many of his other songs, I regret to say, and didn’t enjoy it on this CD.
I didn’t like Moby’s “Porcelain,” either, though I usually enjoy at least half of his music. It really goes on a song by song basis, which I think is a testament to how creative he is overall. His stuff doesn’t sound the same, over and over again, and you never know what you’re going to hear.
Other songs on the CD include pieces by Sarah Brightman, Yanni, Enigma, and Enya, all New Age or World Music performers that are generally enjoyable; I just didn’t really enjoy these pieces as much as I do others by them all. Maybe it’s like one of those “Best Of” albums where you just don’t agree because you enjoy the lesser-known stuff by the artist instead, and it’s a better fit for those first discovering the singers rather than someone who is already used to them and is looking for some highlights to enjoy.
I don’t have counter recommendations for most of these, unfortunately, because I don’t own many albums by most of these performers. I have mentioned that Enya’s Watermark and Paint the Sky with Stars are favorites of mine, though, and I heartily recommend those to anyone who wants to hear more from her. Really, though, one of the best ways to find new music, as I’m newly discovering among many who already have, is to just look up these performers on YouTube. You can find your new favorite songs that way.