by Bert Strolenberg
Nov. 16, 2003
After two years we can finally rub our hands and reach out for a new CD by the respected independent musician Patrick O'Hearn from Fairview, Tennessee. Again he has invited his musical companion Peter Maunu, who adds some fine 6 and 12-string guitar to his inspiring music. Clocking at exactly 48 minutes, the album still contains the distinct sounds and textures that made his music a trademark during the years Patrick has put out albums, starting with ANCIENT DREAMS many years back.
-- featuring an elemental painting by O'Hearn's children on the cover -- offers 7 tracks in which the listener meets a perfect balance of ingredients. This record is one of in-depth mood and atmosphere; the textures carry a slight sense of melancholy and longing. Next to the overall relaxed nature, we also encounter a few symphonic outbursts which keep us focused along the journey. Some great bass-loops are heard in the opening-track "Facing the Sun" and on the title track, not to forget the masterful textures and the many details revealing itself when the disc is heard several times. The album concludes in the calm repose of "An Evening Sky", leaving the listener in a positive state of mind. The overall mix and production of the CD are outstanding; this is a real treat for your hi-fi system.
To me, Patrick proves he's still something special in today's contemporary instrumental music, so make sure to check this album out!
2003 Patrick O'Hearn (CD)
Reviewed by Bert Strolenberg, Echoes
As a soundsmith and composer of melodic elegance and grace, Patrick O'Hearn stands tall as a true original. This new release on his own label is a perfect balance of lush textures, melodic understatement and emotional space. The world needs more of this beauty.
"In BEAUTIFUL WORLD, Patrick O'Hearn continues the path of refinement and reductivism in his music, paying close and careful attention to detail, yet mindful of never exceeding that which is sufficient or necessary. The resulting compositions therefore seem to possess a rather kaleidoscopic quality, able to be listened to time and again, often discovering new or subtle elements along the way. From the dynamic opening of "Facing the Sun", to the calm repose of the closing, "An Evening Sky", we're taken on an intriguing journey by an artist whose experience and dedicated pursuit of craft is almost an anachronism in this day and time. When queried on his methods, O'Hearn compares his compositional approach to that of observing nature. "One can pick up a small stone and regard it at arm's length. However, the closer it is examined, the more a fascinating detail is revealed. That is what I strive for in my work." Recorded between January and June 2003, BEAUTIFUL WORLD is indeed a realization of that effort. Both rich and distinctive, it is a welcome offering from an inspired place, and engaging soul." -- Michelle Langford
|1. ||Facing the Sun||MP3|| |
|2. ||Magnificent River||MP3|| |
|3. ||Chance||MP3|| |
|4. ||Beautiful World||MP3|| |
|5. ||Night Becomes Her||MP3|| |
|6. ||Approaching Summit||MP3|| |
|7. ||An Evening Sky||MP3|| |