Sunday, October 23, 2011

CD Review – Star Eyes, by John Fluker

John Fluker presents a collection of gentle piano compositions that soothe the spirit and calm the soul.

The album is flawless from start to finish, beginning with a quiet prelude and ending just as peacefully, with relaxing, tranquil reveries in between. All of the melodies are beautiful and have the effect of lullabies. There is not one jarring, dissonant, disagreeable, or uninteresting moment on the record. The result is music that is both engaging enough to enjoy as vibrant, dynamic art and subtle enough to leave on in the background while engaged in other activities.

The main instrument on the recording is Fluker’s piano, which is sometimes enhanced with synthesized orchestrations and soft electronic percussion. The compositions, arrangements, and performances have an elegance and classiness in the vein of Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini, making this a very worthwhile listening experience.

Highlights include “Anytime,” “Babe in Arms,” “When Love Lost,” and “A Long Way Home.”

This CD is definitely good for a spin or two while commuting or traveling, especially under a night sky of twinkling stars.

--Raj Manoharan

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