If gentle, acoustic waves of peace, light, and sound are what you seek to rid yourself of the day’s rough handling of you, you really must give The Sound a listen. It’s a smart collection of tunes designed to sweep you away ever so gently to a place that’s listener-friendly and unhurried. Admittedly, I cannot claim broad knowledge of any of the various international artists contributing to this fine piece of work, but I can say it is truly not an easy project to ignore or diminish. Personally, I enjoyed the first half of the album a bit better than the second because it appears that more defined melodies were evident in the earlier tunes, and I’m a big melody fan.
Still, that said, every tune here appears crafted with an eye toward soothing you--the listener--and caressing all of your senses through sound in such a manner as to snatch from you all the burdens of the day, the moment. Mostly filled with artfully and sweetly melodic selections with marvelous guitar and piano chord enticements, the album seeks to tell a comforting and compelling story that allows you to easily "get it." Rich tunes like "Far Away," "Behind the Sun" and "Vorspann" give you a reason to just sit and listen, like you used to do. Remember? Just sitting and listening, no other activity going on. Not driving in or washing your car, fiddling around the house, chatting on the phone, etc. Settled down and attentive is where you actually need to be when listening to much of this one. That will allow you to appreciate the intricacies of the acoustical sweetness and the pliancy of many of the melodies here. Very well produced, indeed.