Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Further Than You Know
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock
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Subtle Christian Messages
kireviewer | Sunnyvale, Ca United States | 12/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a sneaky album with hidden Christian messages.Peter Bardens is a progressive rock/new age jazz keyboardist. He stared doing session work and played with Them (Van Morrison's first major band). Bardens put out one solo album in 1969 of mostly high energy progressive rock instrumentals. He and Andrew Latimer formed Camel, easily the ugliest band from England (even uglier than the early Who). Camel started out as a fantastic progressive rock band, but evolved into a new age band. Bardens left Camel in the late seventies after fighting with Latimer.After Bardens left Camel, he started his solo career and released several albums of new age rock/jazz. Further Than You Know, released in 1993, is at least his fifth solo album. Some of his solo albums are out of print and hard to find.Further Than You Know is very similar in style to all of the other Bardens albums, but has more vocals. About half of the tracks are songs and the other half instrumentals. The last few songs are basically religious tunes spouting Christian values. The whole religious theme is basically hidden and sort of sneaks up on you. There is no indication from the cover or liner notes that this is a Christian album (only mention is that this is a new direction for Bardens). The whole first half of the CD is either typical Bardens instrumentals or nondiscript songs. Even the Christian songs don't sound like religious songs in the beginning. They start with a laic theme and then end with a Christian moral.If you don't mind the subtle Christian messages, this is actually the best of Bardens new age work. The songs are good and there is more energy and emotion in the music. Note that Bardens has a new group called Mirage (name of Camel's second album) and released a live album of old Camel songs. I haven't heard it and I don't know how good it would be."
Bardens catches the groove
K. A. Levine | Stow, MA, USA | 03/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot say I was totally surprised by the material on Further than You Know. Pete had been in a jazzy/new-agey territory ever since the Keats project completed. A progression from the previous "Water Colours" is evident but with the relative proportions of vocal and instrumental ingredients this time tipping in favor of voice. The singing, songwriting and instrumentation are all somewhat trite and, for want of a better term, cheesy. The messages are generally spiritual and inoffensive in nature. No great adventurousness is in evidence and at times it all seems rather smug. Yet for some reason, this CD calls back to me from the rack more than would appear to be warranted. There is an undeniable infectiousness, optimism, and collectedness permeating every note of the title track, "This Could be Like Heaven", and the ultimate new age road trip song "Real Time". The use of female backing vocals and dissonant harmonies may be dismissed at first, but really falls little short of genius, and as always Bardens' own voice rises way beyond its limitations to become your trusted friend with repeated listens. Cheesy maybe, groovy...DEFINITELY. Buy."
Interesting and worth buying!
Teller of Truth | Pittsburgh, Pa. | 11/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a Pete Barden fan and believe that this CD has a lot to offer. The title track is worth the purchase price. If you like any of Pete's other music you will like this Cd. Further than you know is a very interesting CD with elements of Tangrine Dream to very interesting jazzy sounds. This CD will grow on you with every listen. If you are looking for a real heavy Prog sound it is not here, but if you are looking for a very well done prog Cd with very interesting ebbs and flows, then you need to buy this Cd. I hope this helps in your decision on this Cd, Enjoy every listen because it will take you farther than you know."