Andrew J Booth - A New Dawn

Thursday 1st February 2001
Andrew J Booth - A New Dawn
Andrew J Booth - A New Dawn

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13042-3383
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Sue Rann

At last, the instrumental-chorus album comes of age! This is a mixture of flautist Booth's own original compositions and adaptations of hymns and worship songs - there is even a take on one of the themes from Hoist's 'Planet' Suite. Booth covers a range of styles without jarring between them - from the Celtic mood of the opening tracks to hymnody and back again via classical. "Be Still My Soul" is a particularly well adapted track -the song can be a real dead horse, but Booth puts a twist in the timing, and has made a soulful virtue of its solemnity. An oblique approach to melody, complex and well thought out backing to the solo instrument -these are qualities often badly lacking in instrumental albums of this type, but this CD has them in spades. Andy Booth is an original composer and musician of wide ranging talent. If someone doesn't offer this guy a recording deal soon, they must all be nuts. Buy this now before he gets expensive!

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