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Pure Moods, Vol. II
Various Artists, Adiemus lll, Clannad
Pure Moods, Vol. II
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock
 
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For listeners with a sincere interest in the broad variety of music loosely aligned under the New Age banner, Pure Moods II will strike your ears as something less than a high-concept showcase for the genre and more as a m...  more »

      
   
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For listeners with a sincere interest in the broad variety of music loosely aligned under the New Age banner, Pure Moods II will strike your ears as something less than a high-concept showcase for the genre and more as a mulligan stew of easy-listening favorites. This is not necessarily a bad thing; yet a recording marketed to the general public as a comprehensive, current, state-of-the-art overview of atmospheric music shouldn't include such ill-fitting oddities as George Benson's "Breezin'," a lite-funk relic from 1976, or "Emily" from jazz saxophonist Dave Koz. Happily, the 77-minute, 16-track sampler offers far more items of interest than irritation. It reaches back to 1983 to remind us of an ahead-of-its-time display of Celtic mysticism from Clannad ("Theme from Harry's Game"), and it both opens and closes with superb selections from one of the genre's most admired artists, Loreena McKennitt--very appropriate since, one could argue, discussions on the future of New Age should both begin and end with McKennitt's name. Despite its few warts, Pure Moods II is a good listen overall. --Terry Wood

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Most good, but some aren't so good.
Clarissa | 02/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Most of this CD is pretty good, with some pretty good choices. Loreena McKennitt's music fit well on this CD. There was also very beautiful music by Yanni, Cusco, Clannad, and "Chariots of Fire" were also pretty good. There was also more great music by Adiemus, Enigma, and Sacred Spirit.However, there were also some not so great songs. "Euphoria" and "Teardrop" sounded too much like rock to be on this New Age compilation. "Breezin'" was okay, but "Emily" was too jazzy. "Life In A Northern Town" wasn't that great. Well, it had interesting lyrics, but the music was weak.In the end, I'd say this CD ismostly pretty good. There was beautiful music, but there was also pop, jazz, and rock that did not belong here. This CD is actually a pretty worthy buy, but this is by no means better than the first Pure Moods."
Pure For Your Enjoyment
Clarissa | Ontario, California | 09/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is quite different from the first by adding such euro-popped/electronic bands as Massive Attack's "Teardrop" and Delerium's "Euphoria (Firefly)," but I am hardly complaining. This album has elements that the first had but also takes a new direction by leaping further into the threshold of reinvention. They still keep in the mix older classics in the genre such as the ethereal "Theme From Harry's Game" by Clannad, "Weather Storm" by Craig Armstrong, and "Zarabanda (Sarabanda)" by Adiemus, but these new, fresh faces give this album an extra push towards higher greatness. Still, though, the queen of celtic music, Loreena McKennitt, lends Pure Moods 2 its durability to stay strong with the commonplace of "The Mumurs Dance" and also "The Mystic's Dream." Favorites to me include Enigma's "Beyond The Invisible," which for some reason reminds me of the movie Legend, and Yanni's offering of "Nightingale" which is quite possibly the loveliest song I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. It starts out slow and then quickly builds momentum as the music rises higher and the singing grows more intent. It then slows down again, and just as you think that it's going to perish into the next it starts up again. I even enjoyed the jazzy "Emily" by David Coz and the steaming Flamenco sounds of Ottmar Liebert's "2 The Night." This could, however, do without the image of slow running that the song "Chariots Of Fire" conjures... Anyhow, let me grant you lost without this. This is a beautifully intricate album. Expand the possibilities...."
POWERFUL AS WELL AS INSPIRATIONAL
shkelseya | oregon | 01/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"WOW! While reading all of the reviews there is a wide variety. Personally, I love this CD. It's amazing! I love the songs "Life in a Northern Town," "The Mummmer's Dance", "Nightingale" and "Chairots Of Fire. I've only had it for a week and I know it's one of my favorites. It moves me to tears the songs are so beautiful. I have Pure Moods I and personally I do like that CD better. But, each one has different songs that effect me. Listen to the music links. It really helps. Thanks! KelseyA82@hotmail.com"