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Midwest Book Review

Mar 1, 2012, 9:59:15 PM3/1/12
The Library CD Shelf

Time Rider
Uwe Gronau
Time Rider Music
c/o The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Time Rider is the creation of German pianist, synthesist, organist,
singer and composer Uwe Gronau, featuring twelve instrumental tracks
and eight tracks with vocals. The mellow, contemplative mood of the
music fuses elements of jazz, techno, trance, and more into a
mesmerizingly smooth listening experience. The music provides the
perfect backdrop for contemplating the mysteries of time, both from a
scientific and from a metaphysical viewpoint. Time Rider encourages
listeners to open their minds and their imaginations, and is highly
recommended. The tracks are "Talking Keys and Congas" (3:35), "Sweet
Memory" (3:22), "Novel Scene" (4:22), "Night Tune" (4:55), "Searching
for the Truth" (3:10), "Jardin Exotique" (4:08), "Far in the
East" (3:24), "Oriental Journey" (3:25), "A Fairy's Advice" (2:52),
"Inner Face" (4:08), "Flotsam & Jetsam" (4:12), "Caged" (3:58), "In
Silence" (3:22), "Time is a Sound" (3:27), "Time Rider" (3:54),
"Calena" (4:00), "Far in the East" (2:45), "Remarks You Made" (4:53),
"Interlude" (3:40) and "I'm at Home" (3:20).

New York Gypsy All Stars
Drom Records
c/o Rock Paper Scissors
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

Romantech is an album by the New York Gypsy All Stars, an eclectic
quintet that unites musical traditions of Greece, Turkey, and America
into a freewheeling whole. Their creations have a strong, positive
quality that promotes good feelings in the listener. From "Balkan
Bollywood", a song mixing Turkish melody with Balkan flair, to
"Romantek", a piece that layers techno beats and the use of the
Turkish longa, Romantech displays hybrid vigor at its finest, and is
highly recommended especially for private and public library
international music collections. The tracks include "Romantek",
"Balkan Bollywood", "Cross Winds", and "EZ Pass".

Peaceful Journey
Tron Syversen
TK Music Production
c/o Global Jounrey Music
492 S. Hwy 67
Sedalia, CO 80135
The Creative Service Company (publicity)
4360 Emerald Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Peaceful Journey: Music for Relaxation and Wellbeing lives up to its
title with gently flowing piano and synthesizer tunes. Norway-based
musician Tron Syversen drew upon nature, poetry, great artwork, and
sacred places for inspiration, in crafting these harmonious songs
ideal for meditation or deep relaxation. Peaceful Journey is also an
excellent choice to help oneself unwind after a long day. The tracks
are "Silent Dream" (5:30), "Rivers" (6:09), "The Beginning" (7:35),
"Amorous" (5:38), "Nearness" (9:14), "Lullaby to Love" (6:06), "Your
Dream" (6:29), "My Love" (5:01), and "Longing" (8:34). 61 min., 32

No Stranger Here
Shubha Mudgal, Ursula Rucker, & Business Class Refugees
c/o FlipSwitch (publicity)
PO Box 2207
Bloomington, IN 47404-2207

No Stranger Here is a cross-cultural blend of East Indian classic
musical tradition, Western orchestra, electronica, and inspiration
drawn from centuries-old poetry. The result is an extraordinary
achievement that balances smooth vocals with heart-catching rhythms.
An emotional and transcendent album, No Stranger Here is a welcome
addition to international music collections. The tracks are "Seraphim
Tones", "Drunk in Love", "Steadfast", "When I Was", "A Stranger Here",
"Searching For You", "Something is Still Missing", "Above All Else",
and "Outsider".

Leni Stern
Privately Published
c/o FlipSwitch (publicity)
PO Box 2207
Bloomington, IN 47404-2207

Inspired by jam sessions that performer Leni Stern held with two
Malian musician friends, Sabani is an instrumental album that draws
upon the qualities of the ngoni, a stringed instrument distantly
ancestral to the banjo. Discovering the ngoni's qualities as "the
ultimate blues instrument", Stern calls forth her love of jazz, blues,
and learning from her West African friends. Sabani is a wonderful
cross-cultural expression, highly recommended. The tracks are "Still
Bleeding" (3:42), "Sorcerer (dan sogo)" (5:16), "The Cat That Stole
The Moon (djakouma e kalo mine)" (2:16), "Like a Thief" (4:44), "I Was
Born (Ibe Keneya)", (3:33), "An Saba" (5:37), "Papillon" (4:35), and
"Djanfa" (4:20).

E Volo Love
Francois & the Atlas Mountains
Domino Recording Co.
c/o Rock Paper Scissors (publicity)
511 West 4th Street, Suite 2
Bloomington, IN 47404

E Volo Love is a vividly emotional music album blending indie rock and
electronica, revealing the heights of intensity to which an electric
guitar can reach. Elements of Afrobeat weave their way through this
lively album overflowing with veteran performers' raw passion. E Volo
Love is a choice pick highly recommended for international music
collections. The tracks are "Les Plus Beaux", "Muddy Heart", "Edge of
Town", "City Kiss", "Azrou Tune", "Buried Treasures", Cherchant Des
Ponts", "Slow Love", "Bail Eternel", "Piscine", and "Do You Want to

Shi Keyah: Songs for the People
Radmilla Cody with Herman Cody
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Shi Keyah: Songs for the People is an emotional music CD of songs
performed in the traditional style of the Dine Native American tribe
(also colloquially known as Navajo). The music honors the grace and
bounty of Mother Earth, pays tribute to military veterans who
dedicated their lives to serving and protecting America, and even
offer a humorous glimpse of ordinary life in Dinetah. Composed by
Herman Cody and beautifully performed by vocalist Radmilla Cody, Shi
Keyah: Songs for the People is enthusiastically recommended for Native
American music collections. The tracks are "Morning Greeting" (3:37),
"Honoring the Homeland" (2:44), "Beautiful Mother Earth" (5:20),
"Navajo Warrior" (2:55), "Code Talker" (3:35), "Where You
Are?" (3:24), "Commodity Blues" (2:28), "Roper's Song" (3:43), "Native
Food Song" (2:42), "They Care For Me/Moccasin Song" (2:46), "Five
Agencies Song" (3:44), "The Bluebird" (2:47), "Shi Naasha" (2:51), and
"A Gift to Us" (3:08).

Drum Boy: Mistikwaskihk Napesis
Northern Cree
Canyon Records Productions
3131 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85017

The esteemed Native American music publication company of Canyon
Records presents Drum Boy: Mistikwaskihk Napesis, an album of pow-wow
songs recorded live at Saddle Lake, by Grammy-nominated Native
American performers Northern Cree. A tribute to the cultural
traditions cherished by all Native American tribes, Drum Boy is
inclusive in its welcome to showing honor at the pow-wow circle, and
an a top pick for any listener wanting to revel in reverence for the
blessed gift of life itself. The tracks are "Wanbli" (2:05),
"Humble" (5:10), "Fass and Grancy" (2:04), "Kainai Krusher" (4:55),
"Hops-A-Lot" (3:47), "Slickzter" (9:52), "Pride" (3:49),
"Siouxdance" (3:50), "Styles" (3:19), "Tea Pot" (4:31), "The
Explosion" (3:18), and "Redman" (4:00). 1 CD, 51 min. 20 sec.

Opening to Bliss
Sounds True Audio
413 South Arthur Avenue
Louisville, CO 80027

Opening to Bliss is an album of restful, contemplative music composed
especially to synergize with the practices of yoga, meditation, and
healing arts. An excellent way to help prepare one's mind for
discipline, and prepare one's soul for the cultivation of compassion,
Opening to Bliss is highly recommended to seekers of grace and
harmony. The tracks are "Bhuvaneshwari" (5:17), "Saraswati" (6:46),
"Om Namah Shivaya" (5:25), "Hare Krishna" (9:26), "Anusara
Prayer" (7:34), "Dream" (4:26), "Akasha Ma" (7:46), "Heart
Sutra" (7:29), "Om Mani Padme Hum" (5:42), "Govinda Jaya Jaya" (7:43),
and "Closing" (3:41). 1 CD, 1 hr 11 min.

Love Lies
Kami Thompson
Warner Music Group
c/o FlipSwitch (publicity)
PO Box 2207
Bloomington, IN 47404-2207

Singer and songwriter Kami Thompson presents Love Lies, a passionate
album that reverberates with the experiences of heartbreak, hope,
mourning, defiance, and the regret of love gone sadly wrong.
Thompson's dual skill with her voice and the guitar shine through this
emotionally moving collection, sure to stir the hearts of listeners
from all walks of life. The tracks are "Little Boy Blue" (4:11),
"4,000 Miles" (2:17), "Nice Cars" (2:18), "Gotta Hold On" (4:09),
"Stormy" (4:04), "Never Again" (4:19), "Tick Tock" (2:46), "Want You
Back" (4:56), "Blood Wedding" (4:12), and "Don't Bother Me" (2:59).

Basta Mafia!
Zdob Si Zdub
Asphalt Tango Records
c/o FlipSwitch (publicity)
PO Box 2207
Bloomington, IN 47404-2207

Zdob Si Zdub, a Moldavian folk band drawing inspiration from the
modern genres of ska and punk, presents Basta Mafia!, a tingling rock
album of electronica jazz and multicultural flavor. The essence of
Basta Mafia! is about calling for a break from old ways, without
abandoning their most beloved elements, and exploring the wonders of
new musical transformations. An exuberantly lively album that lends
itself especially well to workouts, car trips, or any occasion where
the listener needs an energetic boost, Basta Mafia! is highly
recommended. The tracks are "Basta Mafia" (3:30), "Running" (4:17),
"Eternal Kiss" (4:04), "Gipsy Life" (5:07), "We Are Free" (3:43),
"Maria" (4:03), "Haiduk" (3:10), "Trece Vremea Omului" (3:17),
"Nistru" (5:13), "Good Bye" (4:44), "F-S-S-O" (5:02), "The Holy
Fuel" (3:11), and "So Lucky" (3:51).

Born Again
Brian Flynn
World Library Publications
3708 River Road, Suite 400
Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158

Born Again is an inspirational album of beautiful, liturgical songs
brought to life by Brian Flynn's guitar and vocal talent. Overflowing
with reverence for God, and gratitude for the blessings of Jesus
Christ, Born Again is especially appropriate for moments of religious
worship, whether at a formal church setting or in the privacy of one's
own home. Born Again is highly recommended for Christian listeners of
all walks of life. The tracks are "Born Again" (4:40), "The Altar of
the Lord" (5:01), "The Prodigal Father" (5:58), "The Name of
Jesus" (3:53), "Our Hope Is in God" (4:36), "Here in This
Place" (4:35), "Communio" (4:01), "We Bring our Gifts to Your
Altar" (3:43), "Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament" (4:05), "The Greatest
Gift" (5:13), "Act of Contrition" (3:43), and "The Upper Room" (4:43).


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