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Liquid Mind VII: Reflection

This disc comes with the warning that it "...may cause drowsiness. Use care when operating vehicles or dangerous machinery. Slow music may cause a heightened state of suggestibility." And [this] review comes with the same caveat: that Liquid Mind has a very specific purpose...to create a cocoon in a fast world that requires you to shut down and relax. With this goal in mind, Chuck Wild utterly succeeds.

An active member of the successful '80s band Missing Persons, Chuck Wild was the keyboard player [who] lived the highlife in a rock and roll world. With continued success as a programmer on projects associated with the likes of Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Philip Bailey and even the eccentric Frank Zappa, Wild realized that there was need to for solitude to counter his busy lifestyle. He found that escape via the creative outlet of composing his own music and naming it Liquid Mind. Initially, Chuck began releasing these albums back in 1994 to the general public on his privately owned label Chuck Wild Records. He has more recently given Real Music the license to release and distribute his older projects as well as his latest endeavor Reflection.

The project revolves around six tracks that despite the short intervals between them still seem to flow seamlessly into one another making for a very cohesive mission - bringing the listener to heightened state of relaxation. The musical instrumentation focuses on Wild's airy and flighty keyboards, and while the entire scope of the keys is used, the artist avoids any hard edges or distortion to keep within the mindset of relaxing the listener. Apparently, there is some vocal sampling used, but the utilization is so nominal and unobtrusive that I have yet to hear it. There is an emphasis on an intentional slow tempo with the use of extended lower chords to bring down the breathing and heartbeat to a relaxed state of mind, but not in a hypnotic sense.

The songs, though melodious, lack any specific structure such as verse, chorus and bridge, thus focusing more on a theme than an articulate statement. But if you were attracted to the genteel embellishments similar to 2002's Chrysalis era, then the likelihood of enjoying this label mate is highly probable. Keeping with the theme of focusing on tension-reducing attributes, the songs are very lengthy. The shortest track, “In The Stillness,” clocks in [at] less that seven minutes with the longest, "Gently Down" opening the album with its fourteen minutes of wanderlust. The most melodic song is probably the title track, "Reflection," though the word melodic should be viewed within the vernacular of the project's aspiration...to soothe and slumber.

So if you have a tough time switching off and the nuisance of white noise does not assist you, then try Liquid Mind. Floating effortlessly like a carousel in slow motion, from the supple artwork to the sinuous simple symphonies of Liquid Music, this album, though not boring, will cause dreamy drowsiness. Wild will make you tame; placing your mind in a state of unequivocal liquid.

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Michael Debbage