Kimberly & Alberto Rivera - Live Soaking Sessions Vol 4
STYLE: Ambient/Meditational RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 136602-20425 LABEL: Rainingpresence 689076436083 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-03-12 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Chris Webb
If you were at the event where this album was recorded in 2012 it will be a good memento; if you are looking for an album to assist in your meditations and prayers this may suit you. Similar to previous 'Live Soaking Sessions' this album is full of swirling keyboards and soaring vocals. The "songs" run one into another with mainly lyric-less vocals performed by Kimberly and some spoken sections of Scripture above the ocean of keyboard sounds. Musically, predominantly and overwhelmingly Alberto's keyboards lead, although occasionally Anna Ivy's violin does get into the mix, though not very often. Also, guitarist Brandon Hampton adds some support. The album has sections sounding like the "linking tracks" of a '70s progressive rock concept album but disappointingly these never seem to fully develop musically. The programme runs to over an hour of similar chord-based sounds with only one piece, "Hear O Israel", although clocking in at over 17 minutes, having more variety. On that track the bass guitar takes a prominent role and the whole piece feels more complete than the other works. For those who were not at the event, nor want background music for personal devotions, a pair of editing scissors wisely wielded to form some shorter, snappier songs would make this a more accessible album.
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This album was recorded live in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the autumn of 2010.
It features live spontaneous songs with a full band.