New Age fans are sure to be acquainted with Gandalf“s output; this is my first introduction to his music though. When reviewing an artist I’ve never heard before, I feel at a disadvantage due to having little prior sense of where the artist is coming from musically, yet on the other side of the coin it’s refreshing to approach an album with little or no idea of what to expect. In this case, the opening track captivated me straight away, to the point that this album has had more than it’s fair share of time in my CD player recently. The name Gandalf is very appropriate because with music this guy is a magician! When Between Earth and Sky is playing I find it easy to become unencumbered by everyday concerns as Gandalf takes us to a relaxing fairy tale land where we can rediscover a reverence for life and nature. Indeed, by the end of the album it’s like one has been taken on a journey through a wondrous land and shown sights that we can also see in our own world if only we’d open our eyes more. The opening quarter of the album (the first 3 out of 12 tracks) is quite dramatic and upbeat, which is an excellent way to get the listener“s attention. On the whole the rest of the album, apart from some exceptions, is more restful; the last three tracks are really delightful, especially “Shine on Full Moon” which has lovely melodies delivered mainly by keyboards. I have no idea how Between Earth and Sky compares to Gandalf’s other albums, all I can tell you is that it’s fantastic. He really knows how to blend traditional instruments (for example, piano, acoustic guitar, cello), electric guitar, vocals, and electronic instruments to create what at times are nothing less than spellbinding pieces of music. I could go on and on about various elements in Between Earth and Sky and why they are good, suffice to say this is definitely on my list of favorite albums of 2003. Highly recommend for those who like their music uplifting.