Seemingly tailor-made for starry-eyed romantics, Love Songs and Lullabies, the eighth solo album from piano man and PBS favorite Jim Brickman, presents a program of lyrical instrumentals along with a handful of songs with featured vocalists. Brickman's knack for spinning out heartwarming melodies is on full display here in a collection ranging from life-affirming love songs to sentimental tunes of melancholy introspection. The instrumental tracks, more often than not, come with only a measure of accompaniment, just enough to provide a lush sonic backdrop to Brickman's piano. The wistful mood of "Night Prayer," for instance, is enhanced by the addition of a solo viola gently chiming in with a lyrical counter-melody. And "Course of Love" (which suggests the Broadway standard "Some Enchanted Evening") comes with a complement of winds and strings tenderly doubling the melody. With "Little Stars," Brickman makes "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" his own in a laid-back rendition reminiscent of George Winston's folksy piano play with well-known tunes. Other tracks -- "Safe and Sound," "Dreamland," "Shades of White" -- seem to offer a lyrical space for head-in-the-clouds contemplation. Standout vocal numbers include Amy Sky's interpretation of "Love Never Fails" (with lyrics from Corinthians), All-4-One's yearning "Beautiful," and Ally McBeal's Jane Krakowski on the love ballad "You." All in only 38 minutes, it's a Brickman fest that this keyboardist's many fans won't want to be without.
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Performance CreditsJim Brickman Primary Artist,Vocals
Amy Sky Track Performer
Jane Krakowski Track Performer
Dave Deviller Guitar
Anthony Anderson Guitar
Lynn Peithman Strings
Beverly Drukker Strings
Tracy Silverman Violin,Keyboards,Viola
Beverley Staunton Background Vocals
Shu-Zhen Yang Strings
Technical CreditsDave Deviller Programming,Producer
Sean Hosein Programming,Producer
Anthony Vanderburgh Programming,Producer,Engineer
Anthony Anderson Programming
Jim Brickman Producer
Tracy Silverman Producer
Eddie King Producer,Engineer
Bruce Fowler Engineer
Michael Jack Engineer
John Sheard String Arrangements
Michael Caprio Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I saw Dave Koz and friends in concert this summer, where he did one of the songs from the upcoming album. It was terrific. I signed up for a copy at first release.
I was very anxious and excited to hear Jim Brickman's new album. I was unfortunately very disappointed with the entire album. It was recycled Brickman, Classic Brickman, and the same old same old! There were several singers singing the familar songs. If I wanted lyrics, I would buy another artists work! How disappointing. All of his albumns are beginning to sound alike. I won't be buying any more of the same old songs!
Until this album, I have never heard of Jim Brickman. Now, I am a Fanatic, and have purchased all of his previous CD's. This album is touching, stylish, and a joy to listen to throughout any season.
Jim Brickman is by far, the BEST new age pianist around. I'm a 15 year old student music instructor and a big fan of Brickman. I play all of his music from his records. His newest album Love Songs and Lullabies is a great choice! If you're looking for some good music to sit back and unwind to, Jim Brickman is definitely the choice to pick!
I bought this cd during a time I was suffering bouts of insomnia. From the first notes on the first track, I was hooked. I started listening to it at bedtime and it helps me fall asleep. NOT because it is boring, but because it is calming and relaxing.
I have always enjoyed Jim Brickman's previous cds. This cd, however, was absolutely terrible. It lacks everything that makes a good album good. There is no emotion, there is no feeling, there is nothing that would make anyone amazed (as some of his previous albums have). It's time for Mr. Brickman to think about good music again, and not what his record label wants from him...pure yuck!
Peaceful and Soothing. It has the cure for everyone of us in our daily life. Enjoying Jim's music is like tasting a cup of your favorite tea in the back garden. Imagine it.