Do you remember the first time you heard music on a compact disc? What a transition it was going from the snap, crackle and pop of the vinyl “soundtrack” to the high technology of the crystal clear compact disc. It was like having your ailing eyes corrected back to 20/20 vision. This would accurately describe the transition from the Omar’s strong debut Opal Fire to the impeccable Free as a Bird. There is certainly no sophomore jinx present here.
Liquid Mind CDs typically come with a warning to take care when operating vehicles or machinery because the music may cause drowsiness. Designed for de-stressing this music achieves its aim admirably, it's the first Liquid Mind album that I've heard and definitely won't be the last now I've been introduced to this wonderful musician's work. The defining thing about the music, and why it is so successful at reducing stress and anxiety, is the slow tempo; listening often becomes like mentally bobbing about slowly on a subdued but not becalmed sea.
If you're a fan of previous recordings from Chuck Wild, a.k.a. Liquid Mind, you can rightly expect another serene album of musical bliss on volume seven of the series, sub-titled Reflection. The artist's first release on the Real Music label does not deviate from his usual path, i.e. wave after wave of gently billowing layers of ethereal, silken lush synthesizers that persuade the listener to leave his/her cares from modern urban life behind. This is Wild's goal, i.e. to help people achieve more balance and peacefulness in the hectic world we have created for ourselves.
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.
Throughout the world there are several forms of greeting. This album is named [after] a Hindu greeting “namaste” which means “I bow to you.” Knowing this, it comes as no surprise that much of the music has an Indian flavour, though there are sounds which make one think of other climes with a spiritual reputation such as Tibet and Nepal. The album seems to be designed for use in contemplation and introspection; and, presumably to aid in reaching one’s inner self, there’s a second CD for meditation spoken by Terence Yallop. In this review, I’ll only be covering the music CD.