Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
Have you ever had the experience where uncanny events just happen, as if some other force were choreographing them? If you know what I?m talking about, then you can relate to the title track "Everchanging Tides" from Kris... more »
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Have you ever had the experience where uncanny events just happen, as if some other force were choreographing them? If you know what I?m talking about, then you can relate to the title track "Everchanging Tides" from Kristine Robin?s new release. Throughout the album, vivid pictures depicted through haunting harmonies take you on a journey through Robin?s life. A life influenced by early teen years spent in a Scottish fishing village, the Appalachian Mountains, and then later in Native American ceremonies conducted by her adopted Arapaho dad.An eclectic array of musical influences, from the lush harmonies of Celtic ballads to the emotional appeals of Sarah McLaughlin, have built Robin?s style of thought provoking, moody, and melodic tunes and lyrics. Although Robin exudes a magical sense of nature and spirit, it?s not just about elusive concepts. It?s the everyday nitty-gritty-relationship-integrity struggles we all deal with. Like an unrequited love lost in the "Winds of Time," we can yearn to go back, but in the end we must reconcile ourselves to the life we have chosen. Robin has skillfully blended the modern trends with her Celtic, Appalachian, and Native American influences to create a soothing but progressive sound laced with folkish overtones. "I want to help connect people to a place of reverence in their everyday lives." These words become three dimensional when you listen to the song track "A-Hay, A-Ho," which takes the stories she learned in the tipi, sets them into a lush Appalachian style tune, then wraps them up in a contemporary arrangement. When you set all esoteric concepts aside, Kristine Robin?s album is there for you to sit back and allow the melodic chords and harmonies to lull you into another realm. Are you listening?Can you feel the Gaelic breezes, the Arapaho fire, the emotional waves as they ripple across your fingertips? Go ahead?try.
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J. Wright | Wellsville, Utah USA | 03/06/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I ran across a recommendation for Kristine when checking out Sarah Brightman music. That set unfortunate expectations. To compare those two artist is like comparing a world champion to a family friend. I hear Kristine as a pleasant, competent Irish folk singer, but nothing about the album- Everchanging Tides- really grabbed me. Reminds me a little of Joan Baez."
Poor attempt at Celtic/New Age
D. Parker | Boston | 03/08/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I gave the samples a try. They sounded like someone tried to combine a modernized concept of "Celtic" with that bad synthesizer new-age music from the early 80's. It is nothing like Irish or Scottish Celtic folk music and only badly related to historically inspired Celtic interpretations like Loreena McKennitt. If you are seriously thinking about buying this you had better listen to the samples first, or you may be in for an unfortunate surprise."
Enjoy the CD thoroughly
danmirage | Ukiah, California | 05/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard this heartfelt and moving music, I was caught in it's spell. Taken as a whole I feel there is a healing quality to this debut work of art. The individual songs themselves transported me to so many different places; it reminds me of the musical lushness created by Peter Gabriel or Loreena McKennitt. (There are clips of all the songs on her website at KristineRobin.com.)
The CD is a mix of her influences: Native American inspired (Tracks- 1, 2, 5, & 12), Celtic (her overall vocals and there are 3 traditional pieces - tracks 3, 7, & 10), Appalachian (she uses a mountain dulcimer and the last song is arranged Appalachian style), and her own contemporary writing and compositions (All the tracks but 3, 7, & 10). The songs flow through the different styles or influences very nicely.
The CD booklet is a whole other world to explore, with images and stories to support the songs. It turns out the album is a personal look into some fascinating experiences the artist has had, which she shares with us. This is the case with the title track "Everchanging Tides." Here, the verses are actually different experiences she has had where simple events became poignant because of the amazing timing and interaction between people and the natural world. I got the chills after reading the story in the booklet and listening to it again.
After listening to the CD a few times, the words and melodies played over again and again in my head. I found the harmonies and voices haunting and captivating. The instrumentation throughout feels just right, whether it is her Appalachian lap dulcimer creating a magical undercurrent, her penny whistle creating soaring sensations, or the viola's rich voice speaking to us. I can really see the inspiration for the sense of moodiness she creates in "The Quiet Lands of Erin," having myself spent time in Scotland near where she lived. The whole CD creates a wonderful progression which I have listened to on headphones, enjoyed as background music during a small get together of friends, and even heard played over a PA at a business expo (strange but true.)
The overall feeling is gentle and moving. The songwriting is quite nice. The effect is a very healing one.
Just so you know, I am one of those people who love to listen to the words. Oh, by the way, I also got the lyrics through the music page on the artists website.
I enjoy the CD thoroughly."