albinodwarf27 @ October 27, 2008 11:41 am wrote: Thanks for the update, Lou!
ludovica64 @ November 24, 2008 03:52 am wrote:Ok well I just wrote a review for I-Tunes for this album.. any comments?
Stalking through a rich mindscape
This dark, dense jungle of an album is the perfect place to begin to explore the music of Stephen Jay for the first time. Exploring is a perfect metaphor here, as we are taken on a journey, both physical and spiritual, in the company of a warm and funny companion whose lively mind is full of questions and curiosity about the world, and everything that is in it.
The mellow warm bass-driven richness of the music is full of surprises at every turn. It makes no attempt at commercialism and consequently is able to reflect closely Jay's magpie like interest in a vast palette of different colours and shades of music from all over the world. This "World Music" feel gives the album an almost "live" feel in places, so it luckily escapes the heaviness of over-production, and despite the lavish many-layered musical textures, it manages to retain a sparse spacious vibe to it which excites the curiosity.
Physical Answer is an exploration of the relationship between simplicity and complexity, the physical world and the spiritual dimension. It examines everything with the openness of a child looking for that answer, and I feel, concludes that spiritual enlightenment comes from understanding our physical world more fully, and preserving it, rather than living our lives as events incidental to, or conflicting with our spirituality or religious impulse.
Jay is not just a musician credited on three Grammy Award Winners, nine Grammy Nominees, nine Gold and five Platinum Albums, he is also an accomplished and thought-provoking poet who throughout this album takes us along with him on his expedition, acting as a rookie guide showing us the wonder of everything he sees in the world around him; asking us to take a second look at what we take for granted.
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