Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: New Age, Pop
Genuinely moving at times, a bit sentimental at others, pianist Jim Brickman's seventh career release is ultimately a worthwhile, satisfying package. Adhering to the simplicity theme, Brickman front-loads the disc with 10 ... more »
Genuinely moving at times, a bit sentimental at others, pianist Jim Brickman's seventh career release is ultimately a worthwhile, satisfying package. Adhering to the simplicity theme, Brickman front-loads the disc with 10 melodic, nonvocal tracks (a gracious nod to longtime fans), then tacks on a trio of vocal selections. Even instrumental hard-liners, though, should indulge in the disc's fetching title track. Penned with Beth Neilsen Chapman and sung sweetly by fresh country talent Rebecca Lynn Howard), it's a sparkling reaffirmation of Brickman's substantial pop songwriting skills. Those looking for deeper rewards will find them on "The Promise," a beautiful, reflective work that ranks among Brickman's finest compositions: the spare orchestrations (random violin, guitar, electronics) in the first nine pieces that focus the disc's emotional directness on Brickman's piano; the urbane grooves that energize "Serenade." Occasionally ("Catching Twilight," "Gate 41"), Brickman takes aim at easier emotional targets, playing more notes (with more force) than seems necessary, plus the heart-clutching "A Mother's Day" seems out of place here. But these are minor blemishes. Overall, it's an engaging recording. --Terry Wood
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Chrissy B. (chrissy1972) from HICKSVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 7/13/2007...
This CD was enjoyable ..... nice and relaxing with some pretty songs. Nice Sunday afternoon brunch type music. I highly recommend for any Jim Brickman fans.
Back to what Jim does best!
allieg8r94 | VA United States | 09/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a longtime fan of Jim Brickman, I had been frustrated lately by the lack of simple and beautiful instrumental songs that I loved him best for. This CD is just that, a wonderful collection of piano solos, at times with subtle accompaniment that adds a beautiful enhancement. Several songs will tug at your heartstrings with their haunting melodies. There are only a few vocal tracks at the end of this CD, of which the title song is a standout. In all, "Simple Things" earns a spot at the very top of my Jim Brickman collection with his return to what he does best."
Music | in the world | 09/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my first ever Jim Brickman CD. I fell in love with "Tuesday Morning" from the cuts on Amazon. I'm a piano player and I love this CD. It is smooth running, not like others that can be choppy. It creates a mood and keeps it throughtout the entire CD. His songs are not lengthy and to the point. It's nice, no 4 minutes embellishments here, just a nice melody with some simple improvisations. There are three vocals on here which are nice, they don't disrupt the flow. One is about simple things in life and the other is a tribute to mom's. The third has a nice "new Edition" sound if I may. It is a love song and so sweet. If you like a simple, smooth Cd with no fancy tricks and swirls, just nice soft, easy music, you will enjoy this."