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Fresh Aire 7
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop, Rock
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Donna T. from APO, AE
Reviewed on 1/6/2012...
I like this very much. Pleasant, easy listening. Good to have on when the family is home, instead of NPR, to create a pleasant and conflict free background.
Strong research, weak Mannheim Steamroller
Ashurra | Kirkland, WA United States | 07/30/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Every reviewer of this disc seems very quick to point out that it won a Grammy. I find that strange, because most everyone knows that a Grammy is rarely an indication of the quality of music, and is instead an indication of the number of sales. And we should all know that just because the public loves it doesn't mean that the music is all that spectacular. Such as it is, this is an album that has a lot of thought put into the backstory of each track. The research is interesting and humorous. I can't help but think that more emphasis should've been made on the music. Musically, none of the organic sounding Classical Rock of the first four Fresh Aire albums is present. Rather it continues in the same vein as Fresh Aire 5 and 6. Except for the orchestra sounds strangely muted; so perfect as if it was played through a midi player. In fact I get that sense over the entire album. It sounds as if it was created on a computer instead of in a recording studio. Which would be an accurate pronouncement; this is Chip and his Toys gone overboard. The result is some interesting themes (and more forgettable ones) that have the same sound to them despite changes in the instrumental arrangements. And the songs don't have the impressive hooks, simplicite beauty or rolling gait that his early work had. It all sounds conservative; as if the music itself is 40 something...Which is really what it is. Even as a big fan, I began to notice towards the end of the decade the magic began to disappear. The music has declined, even if the thought behind it has gotten better. But if you're like me, you'd much rather buy a CD for its music than its liner notes."
"perfection through sound - Chip Davis via Mannheim"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 11/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What has American Gramaphone and Chip Davis accomplished with - "Fresh Aire 7", aside from the previous six of this series? For one, the opportunity to explore the legends and allure of lucky number seven...must be something to this number, as this album brought Chip his first Grammy Award. Let's look at the word "Alchemy"...meaning "the art of the land of Khem" began in Graeco-Roman Egypt. One of its major goals was to seek perfection by union between spiritual and material phenomena. The changing of metals was simply an indicator, as Chip has changed the world of music as we once knew it.The entire CD is outstanding, must mention the effort to give an audio display for "SEVEN COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW"...use of octaves, tempo, instruments give off this array of sound, like no other you've heard, or ever will. This segment is one of the highlights you'll remember and think about, and think about, and THINK ABOUT!Total Time: 46:48 on 13 Tracks...American Gramaphone 5007...(2000)"