I find soft guitar work to be both soothing and calming. Mike Howe presents us with 17 tracks of excellent, smooth guitar compositions that will enhance your workspace and your home. This English born musician was nominated for best new artist for his debut album Time Stands Still back in 2009, as well as Best Instrumental Acoustic album for his second release. This CD continues in the same vein of exceptional guitar. This is classic acoustic guitar work; melodic, harmonized and offered up, simply, for the listener's enjoyment. The music stands on its own with very little accompaniment. Mr. Howe does play all the bass, keyboards and percussion that accompany some of the work. There is variety in the tempo which makes sure that the CD never becomes boring. Sometimes contemplative, sometimes upbeat, the variations are easy on the ears and never intruding. Mr. Howe's guitar work is quite polished; he has a style that is uniquely his own, which lends an emotional feel to the compositions. My picks from this CD are Top of the World; an almost James Tayloresque sounding piece, but much more developed for acoustic guitar, it's bright, cheery and warm. Summer's Here has a very jazzy feel to it, smooth and gliding. I am reminded of some old Motown releases with brass and featuring guitar. My favorite has to be the opening track, Beyond the Mountains. I love the guitar work here, simple but melodious. The chord harmonies are outstanding and the piece is very contemplative. Mike Howe's guitar work on Island of Anywhere is an enjoyable journey in a picking style that is both tranquil and pleasing. The listener is able to submerge themselves in this soothing environment letting the ebb and flow of the guitar act as a rudder to guide them through the undercurrents that he has skillfully woven into his music. Mike is a highly talented individual but the listener is not subjected to pyrotechnic displays of his guitar playing prowess just to show he can do it but rather the guitar playing is subtle so as to focus the music on the mood that is being created rather than on the player himself. Island of Anywhere is an exceptional album which presents Mike Howe in all of his brilliance creating music that is filled with passion and that will tug on the strings of your heart resonating with your spirit.