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Beautiful Acoustic Tapestry,
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This new acoustic recording from Steve Tibbetts and Marc Anderson is well worth the wait (It's been 8 years since his last solo recording, and I'd begun to worry if he'd grown tired of expressing himself with such instruments and sounds). My wife (who is usually not a huge Tibbetts fan) comments that it is "absolutely beautiful". I think it's great too, but not as immediately captivating (interesting or exciting) as his more electric stuff, but my wife is a lot mellower (subtle and wiser) than I... For me this is more background music, lush washes of guitar (acoustic, but still often delightfully tortured in Tibbetts' distinctive way), and layers of interesting often delicate percussions, but without the fertile and evocative sound-scape images of his previous compositions. The short acoustic motifs are familiar from his previous recordings, here layered into shifting and gently surging and ultimately blending patterns. It is different from anything he's done (at least since 1981, when they collaborated on NORTHERN SONG's sparse, quiet almost somber, acoustic recording), and it's a nice change to have these acoustic riffs just continue and build without the more space-tearing, mind-bending, electric energy his albums are often punctuated with. So, in the end I guess we get an older, wiser and gentler (and quietly joyful) Tibbetts (and Anderson), not concerned with making new music (or tearing the fabric of his older music) as much as seeing what lies hidden in the folds...naturally exploring what lies within.