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Friday, April 8, 2011

Yanni - Truth of Touch - CD Review

YANNI - Truth of Touch

I love listening to instrumental music and Yanni does it best!  When my family is home it seems like the TV is on ALL the time - so usually the first thing I do when they leave is shut it off and turn on some music.  I prefer just instrumental as it doesn't intefere with anything else I might be concentrating on - reading, blogging, trying to interpret crazy instructions for a needlepoint project, and this CD is perfect for that. 

Yanni has had a varied musical career - starting in 1977 when he played keyboard for Chameleon, a rock and roll band that toured regionally through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and North and South Dakota.  He released his first solo album, Optimystique in 1980 that featured his own compositions and electronic keyboards. I had no idea that his career started in the midwest! 

Through the late 80's and early 90's he released numerous albums, toured in the U.S. and received several Grammy nominations.  Also in the 90's he began touring internationally.  He continued to expand his horizons with highly successful tours in varied locales.  He performed at both the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China, being the first western artist to do so.

Truth of Touch is Yanni's first instrumental release of original compositions in over eight years and returns him to the genre he helped create.  There are a couple of songs with lyrics, but they do not detract from the album at all.  Actually, Can't Wait, one of these songs, is one of my favorites on the album.  I also like Long Way Home and Echo of a Dream

Yanni began a 40-date tour of the US on March 22. Some of his concerts are already sold out, so be sure and check to see if he is coming somewhere near you!  You can find out more about Yanni and what he has been involved in lately by visiting his website, Yanni.

If you are looking for some fantastic instrumental music, this album should definitely be in your collection!

Songs include:
Truth of Touch
Echo of a Dream
Flash of Color
Can't Wait
Guilty Pleasure
O Luce Che Brilla Nell'Oscurita
I'm So
Long Way Home
Yanni and Arturo
Mist of a Kiss

~I received a complimentary copy of this CD from One 2 One Network in exchange for my review.~


Laura @ I'm Booking It said...

I also enjoy Yanni (even saw him in concert years back) and find his music to make a great background when I need to concentrate on something involving words.

I'll have to check out the new CD.

Mari said...

I love Yanni ever since I first saw his PBS Special Live at the Acropolis back in 1993. He looks so much better now, doesn't he? Can't wait to hear this new album.


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