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Lorenza Ponce

Mystic Fiddler

Review by Gary Hill

Lorenza Ponce has a pretty impressive resume. She has played with such artists as Kitaro, John Tesh, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan and Star People. Her album is a wonderful mellow sort of progressive rock oriented release. It is not for those who like their music hard edged, but if you are into the more mellow and accessible progressive rock, you will like this one. Ponce is wonderful both in her vocal performance and violin work. The music composition and arrangement is quite strong, and she has surrounded herself with fine musicians.

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Track by Track Review
Deeply
A killer Eastern tinged acoustic arrangement makes up the musical theme for this ballad.
White Bird
This cover of the It's A Beautiful Day classic is a killer, symphonic prog oriented reworking. This cut is quite strong and Ponce's voice is a perfect fit.
The Vision
Beginning with a haunting violin/vocal combo, this cut jumps into a killer acoustic arrangement and strong Old World leanings. A sitar adds a great '60's feel. This instrumental is very strong.
Mystic Fiddler
Coming in with a tone that combines prog with old world textures, this drops to a mellow, but quite dramatic folky balladic arrangement. It gets very lush and dramatic and features some killer textures.
Love Leads
This cut has a wonderfully lush accessible mode. It is a very entertaining refreshing piece.
Saved
This piece feels a bit like Tori Amos. It is a good mellow number, but not exceptional.
Can You Hear Me
Haunting violin tones begin this cut, and as guitar enters the tone is that of a sad ballad. The percussion brings in a more cheerful flavor, but the violin still imparts a certain melancholia. The tone changes as the violin leaves for a time, becoming a new age/jazzy style. This instrumental gets very dramatic and dynamic while still staying true to its roots.
Ruby
Starting with an almost playful folky texture, this song is a laid back, but highly creative number. It covers a lot of musical ground in a great jam.
Meet Me At The Wall
This instrumental is a progish acoustic based instrumental
Into The Daylight
A sedate composition, this one has a killer percussive texture.
The Gift
A gentle and pretty ballad, this one gets quite lush in its arrangement at times.
Beloved
Very heavily string oriented, this song has a strong neo-classical presence and a rather melancholy tone. It is an elegant and pretty instrumental.
 
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