Jazzy Paraguayan Harp
Enrique Torres | San Diegotitlan, Califas | 11/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the original CD released before the newer version which is enhanced. Considering that it has been released twice, all be it in slightly different formats, teststifes to the belief and faith in this product. Roberto Perera's plays a mean Paraguayan harp like no other. The results are sensual, sexy syncopated Latin tinged beats that are quite fitting to the title of the disc, "Erotica." Although the music fits into the dreamy, other worldy category of New Age or smooth jazz, it is so different that similar artists like Andreas Vollenweider are more appropriately put into these niches. The Latin grooves established probably contriute to the authentecity of the Paraguayan harp best on the opening track entitled "My Paraguayan Song." The opening track sets the table for a Latin feast for the ears by creating lush sounds as the harp's strings cascade over a percussion that drives the music as the fretless bass gives the song additional texture amidst the keyboards and the other stringed instrument, a Sinthy Roland guitar. The song is a knockout and nothing short of exqusite. It is probably the best song on the disc. The pace is slowed down considerably on the title track "Erotica" for one of those mood enhancing songs that is as relaxing as the afterglow of a beautiful encounter. Most of the songs have a dreamlike quality and is clearly demonstrated by track #6 entitled "The Artificial Dream" where the Paraguayan harp's strings are plucked for an ethereal effect while the keyboards add additional characteristics in sound. As stated, this disc has a somewhat New Age style to it and with songs with titles like"Winters Stars" it is no wonder that the music can be a bit out there.This is one of those discs that can be played anytime as it is very soothing and flows right through you. It is also great mood music for those special moments with that person you want to be with. Also recommended for a mind excursion of the third kind."