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Ethnicity finds Yanni exploring familiar thematic territory (diversity + harmony = international brotherhood) in search of fresh musical ideas. The result is career recording No. 13 (minus all those redundant compilations), which is likable though maybe a star shy of exceptional. While ethnicity is the theme, the prevailing sound is contemporary and attractively rhythmic with modest world music and classical accents. Notable are Yanni's extensive use of female voices (heard on 10 of the 12 tracks; two selections, in fact, feature straightforward lyrics) and the disc's vivid, sparkling production. Yanni offers an assortment of moods, from the celebratory, planetary-choir sound (think Adiemus) on "Rites of Passage" to pulsing, Deep Forest-like tribal chants, which sometimes click ("Tribal Dream") and sometimes seem forced, a little Yanni-come-lately ("Never Too Late"). High points are the didgeridoo-driven "Rainmaker" and the ethereal "At First Sight." Overall, the disc's sound tilts more toward the heroic than the romantic (a good trend), though some pieces (particularly his mini-operettas) seem overly polite and a little starched. Even so, Ethnicity is a compelling effort that indicates Yanni is, happily, keeping in touch with his more adventurous musical instincts. --Terry Wood
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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00007MB3F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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By Stacey Arburton on November 5, 2004
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I really enjoyed this cd. Yanni has kept to a similar grasp on composing, but with a different sound. Yanni, is a blessed musician in the fact that he has been very successful at keeping to his extremely vast span of creativity. I gave it 4 stars because I really do prefer his old sound, which brings me to another topic...

Others have recommended an artist named Mehdi as being similiar to Yanni. I found very little similarity but fell in love with the music. I picked up his new CD and it's awesome...Samples are at SoothingMusic.Com. Recommended !
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When I first started listening to Yanni about 12 years ago, his music was about himself and he played the music. The album, while it does have its moments, will likely go down as his least popular. The vocals need to go. Yanni is not about singing....he is about playing. Tracks 1 thru 4 seem to be filler tracks. This album starts to take shape with track #5...Written on the Wind....and seems to go in a totally different direction that the first 4 tracks. I will not even review those as I found myself wanting them to end. This is not the music Yanni fans have grown to love. While the album is technically sound, the drum machine is stale and Yanni needs to get Charlie back A.S.A.P. Now don't get me wrong, I am still a Yanni fan, but I do not see Him doing many of these tracks in concert as they seem more for his personal taste than for breaking any new ground. The DVD that comes along with the disc is a welcome site, but it is from a concert years ago, when Charlie was still drumming for him. After listening to this album it will make you long for the old days when Yanni and his drummer, Charlie, played the music.....not sing it. Judge for yourself.....its NEVER TOO LATE.
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Absolutely a truely WONDERFUL CD.
I am very, very *pleased* with this YANNI CD. I have MANY, MANY of YANNI's CDs. But this one is near the top of all of the ones that I do have.
YANNI is a wonderful musician and performer.
But as far as my own likes, I personally like his music with his accompaning orchestra. Which this CD, "Ethnicity" has.
I just had the wonderful opportunity to see him in a live concert in Atlanta, GA March 11, 2003.
At NO time was I disappointed.
He and every member of his musical team acts professionally and everyone also provides a WONDERFUL musical performace.
It is obvious that YANNI's team enjoys their love of music, performing and enjoyment of the fans.
If you are a true YANNI fan and lover, as I am, this is one CD that is a MUST for your YANNI's musical CD collection.
I do not believe you will be disappointed in any way :-)
Thank you for letting me share my views on this with you.
Please enjoy it :-)
~Jan
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I waited long and hard for this new effort from the best new age musician in my books. I've been an ardent fan of Yanni's music since the early 80's hence my fixation on his long awaited "Ethnicity" album. I find his music true to the nature of his diverse artistic talent and expressions of love and generosity shown so vividly throughout all his recordings. "Ethinicity" is in fact a CD that captures Yanni at most his most creative moments. It's different from the other recordings he has released and therefore carves a niche in the ever growing new age/easy listening genre market. The inclusion of the human voice in most of the songs on "Ethnicity" brings about a whole new meaning to the phrase 'expressions of music'. The vocal prowess of the artists on this CD is intense and accompanied by the lush, rhythmic arrangements that Yanni is so capable of produces an album of music that is hearfelt and timeless. Among all the tracks, the ones that stand out are "Rites Of Passage", "Almost A Whisper", "Rainmaker", "Play Time" & "At First Sight". This is truly a CD that has to be included in the collection of true lovers of the art of music and all that behold the power of music that heals, soothes and unites beings the world over. This is a CD for the world in this trying times...Yanni at his best..all over again!
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I had an unending problem with my friends making fun of me in High School for always being a Yanni fan. Heck, Yanni was the first live concert I had ever actually paid to go to.
I always held strong against the taunts and teases, because of the talent that he always displayed in his compositions. That's why this album disappointed me so much. Some of the songs are good and I enjoy them, however most of them are just songs and not what I would call compositions. There are way too many vocals for his traditional mix of orchestral instruments to shine as they did in Live at the Acropolis and Tribute (which I thought were modern masterpieces). I wish that the whole album was more like Rainmaker with aggressive orchestra parts and exotic instrumentation.
There was way too much computer generated background music for the ladies to sing over the top of in most of the songs. I wonder if he's trying to go into a more modern sounding direction and bringing down what had made him so great in the past. Perhaps, however, making songs for a full orchestra, percussion, and horn lines takes too long and he's cutting some corners. Maybe it's his new label (Virgin) wanting to see him do something different.
I don't know, but I'll continue to be a fan and will check out his next album of original content (on a side note, he has WAY too many compilations out there)
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