Ashram - _Shining Silver Skies_
(Equilibrium Music, 2006)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6.5 out of 10)
Pianist Luigi Rubino, violinist Edo Notarloberti and singer Sergio Panarella (who is also a part-time acoustic guitarist) provide the fundamental elements for Ashram's neo-classical compositions. This foundation is then complemented by the participation of guest Leonardo Massa on cello, who lends a very useful hand. The music is usually driven by the piano however, with the violin gracefully playing around it. The crooning vocal style does fit the generally light tone of these romantically inspired themes, but for my taste it causes the overall result to feel too gentle and sunny -- nothing against the quality of the vocals here, but I would rather hear the cello singing, if you get my meaning. This divergence in taste makes it difficult to judge _Shining Silver Skies_, because while I can appreciate and enjoy the likes of instrumentals "Il Mostro" and "Elizabeth" to a great extent, I remain unable to case more than a passing glance at most of the other tracks in a doomed effort to remain interested throughout. The album does have enough potential for others to find it more rewarding however, so it may be worth a try.


(article published 29/5/2006)

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