Worlds Apartby Blue Stone
Blue Stone is a duo consisting of producers Robert Smith and Bill Walters, who have pooled their instrumental, programming and production talents to create an album of dark and dreamy electronica that also draws on analog percussion and a variety of funk and club-based grooves. Worlds Apart also features the singing of three female vocalists, who sing (and whisper) in a variety of languages, and if this is all starting to sound a bit familiar, you're right: the end result is close to that of Enigma, except without all the moustache-twirling sex talk. Every track is pleasant, but those that rise above pleasantry tend to be the ones that feature the singers most prominently: "Waters Flow," the almost poppy "Tears," and the really very poppy "Event Horizon" are all high points on the program; when the vaguely Middle Eastern "Lost Sun" segues into the brighter and sweeter "Dreamcatcher," the effect of that transition is powerful as well. Less effective are the slightly overwrought "Voleti" and the vocoder-heavy "Envy." Overall, this is a very attractive program of undemanding electronica of the kind that the Neurodisc label does so well. [A limited-edition version includes a DVD with a music video and "behind the scenes" footage.]
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This album is probably one of the best Electronica CDs out in the music industry. Wonderful rythums that are easy to either just sit back and relax to or sing along yourself. However, I've heard that there is a limited edition of this CD that comes with a DVD that features a music video and behind the scenes featurette. If anyone could tell me where to find that or if it has a different title, that would be greatly appreciated!
Hypnotic and exhilerating.
I do alot of work in my home office and this CD is a great mix of trance, celtic, easy listening, etc and makes a great background while I am working. The sounds are soothing and melodic. You can't hum these songs, but you will find yourself wanting to listen to them over and over.
Heard this at Barnes & Noble and headed immediately for the music department. Wasn't going to let this masterpiece get away from me. Best thing I have heard on the market today.