The opening track is a pick me up, "Pick Somebody Up" with a string section adding musical depth and the strikingly powerful voice of Raul Midon flowing over the top, all backed up by a foot stompingly, solid rhythm section. An enjoyable song with a bridge that allows for some self examination as Mr. Midon asks the big question, "Why you doing this thing, how come you’re playing music for people?" A fun song with a strong back-beat, great vocals and an excellent feel that all goes towards lifting your spirits. Moving along rapidly, the song up next, "Save My Life" played at laid back tempo, a mellow sounding tune develops in a big way, great blues guitar licks accent the vocal lines, Latin percussion by way of bongos or congas adds nicely to the feel, the song builds to a gentle fade.
And so it goes, song after song just keeps groovin’, with a good time feel, "All The Answers" a saviour for our times, in pop music at least, with clean, clear mouth trumpet riffs - making brass obsolete, no, but better than scatting. "Ain’t Happened Yet" a song for the 21st century, a little Wonderesque in feel, but when that’s part of your influence no harm in paying tribute and thanks, a joyous song with an excellent rhythm.
The highlight for me is the fact that we have a first rate second album of artistic beauty from this exceptional entertainer, who has a great talent to share with the world. There are many elements that contribute to the music on A World Within A World, the songs, the lyrics, some sad, some joyous, the music, the vocals, the solos, the spirit, the honesty and a tremendous production by Joe Mardin that is fresh and vibrant.