On the Leopard Altar

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
On the Leopard Altar is an interesting recording that finds the composer perched midway between his earlier, energetically minimalist style and the increasingly new age-y tendencies of his later work. The sprightly "Is It Love" that opens the album, while immediately reminiscent of Philip Glass circa Einstein on the Beach, has its own quirky charms. The chorus is never very many steps away from a blatant pop sound but, when set over the percolating electric keyboards, an oddly off-kilter sound world is established that the listener cannot help but enjoy. "Lascaux" (which was later released on disc as part of Missa Umbrarum on New Albion) is a very successful foray into ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
On the Leopard Altar is an interesting recording that finds the composer perched midway between his earlier, energetically minimalist style and the increasingly new age-y tendencies of his later work. The sprightly "Is It Love" that opens the album, while immediately reminiscent of Philip Glass circa Einstein on the Beach, has its own quirky charms. The chorus is never very many steps away from a blatant pop sound but, when set over the percolating electric keyboards, an oddly off-kilter sound world is established that the listener cannot help but enjoy. "Lascaux" (which was later released on disc as part of Missa Umbrarum on New Albion) is a very successful foray into one of Lentz' central preoccupations: the range of potential sounds to be generated by rubbed or struck wine glasses. The wonderfully dense harmonics achieved here stand perfectly well on their own without the need for any superfluous embellishment. The title track is a very lovely song, softly cooed by Jessica Lowe with a text using varied phonemes over a correspondingly varied keyboard line. It comes this close to being overly precious but manages to stay on the "right" side of that line. "Wolf Is Dead…" returns listeners to a Glass-ian minimalism which, while having a superficial attractiveness, has come to sound rote and not particularly inspired. Additionally, a sense of queasiness may occur if the listener opts to follow the rather insipid lyrics. On the Leopard Altar closes with a gentle lullaby, "Requiem," guaranteed not to offend. Though still worth hearing, it appeared that Lentz' best work was already, unfortunately, behind him at the time of this recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Cold Blue Label
  • UPC: 800413002222
  • Catalog Number: 22
  • Sales rank: 200,574

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Is It Love (9:04)
  2. 2 Lascaux (9:20)
  3. 3 On the Leopard Altar (5:19)
  4. 4 Wolf Is Dead... (10:04)
  5. 5 Requiem (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daniel Lentz Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Glass
Brad Ellis Keyboards, Glass
David Kuehn Keyboards, Glass
Jessica Lowe Vocals, Voices, Glass
Arlene Dunlap Keyboards, Glass
Susan James Vocals, Voices, Glass
Technical Credits
Daniel Lentz Composer, Liner Notes
Yale Evelev Producer
Daniel Protheroe Engineer
John A. Schaefer Author
Jessica Lowe Composer
Kevin L. Gray Mastering
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