Review in the March/April 1999 issue of New Age Retailer

 

Our Time is an extraodinary debut by a hugely talented artist, released on his on label. Every person I've played this album for has commented on its ravishing beauty. A wonderful composer as well as musician, Eric Chapelle brings a sense of wide-eyed wonder to his music.

Our Time is primarily a piano album, though only four of the tracks are solo piano. The balance feature varying degrees of lushly arranged synthesizers, making for a romamtic neo-classical sound. While the music is always fully accessible, Chapelle has avoided composing fluff. Instead, he composed and plays songs that linger long in the heart, providing a strong sense of peace that is just right for relaxing at the end of the day.

Each song on Our Time is a carefully crafted jewel. Favorites include "Enchanted Rock," with golden clouds of ambient synthesizers floating the listener into a magical dream. "Unconditional Love" soars with synthesized strings and flute, powerfully evoking the sweetest kind of love there is.

The cover of Our Time is a colorful shot of a beach at sunset. Playing this fabulous music in your store will lift the spirits of everyone who hears it, with many customers sure to want to bring the magic home.

Fresh Tracks by Steve Ryals in New Age Retailer March/April 1999

 

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