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Jeremy

Rays of Hope

Review by Gary Hill

It is difficult to create an album that’s strictly instrumental and have it play through without feeling monolithic. When that album is based on solos on a single instrument the task becomes even more difficult. The truth is, Jeremy pulls it off in spades here. This is all piano solos, but it doesn’t feel redundant at all.

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Track by Track Review
Fruit of the Spirit

This piano solo definitely reminds me of something you might expect to hear from Rick Wakeman. It’s quite delicate and pretty.

Walking in the Sunshine
This feels a bit playful and perhaps closer to something from Elton John than real progressive rock.
All My Heart
Imagine a piano solo somewhere between the music of Vangelis and classical music. You’ve got a good idea of what this is like.
I Am with You Always
Pretty, dramatic and evocative, this piece is also rather classical in nature.
Autumn Breeze
Very classical in nature, this is another pretty piano solo.
Over the Edge
Intricate and more rocking, this feels a bit more like jazz than classical.
Through Love and Loss
More delicate, this is arguably the gentlest piece on show. It feels rather like a lullaby and has some definite classical music built in.
Rays of Hope
The melody line of this cut seems to have a circular progression. It feels rather baroque in styling and yet has a modern element, too. You might make out hints of Beethoven here, but also Elton John at times.
All Our Dreams Will Come True
Another intricate and gentle piano solo, this is again quite classical in nature, but also has a pop angle to it.
 
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