One of ten volumes in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Spirit Drum features percussion-based contemporary instrumentals by Jai Bunito Aeo and Ryari Vishnu. While Aeo and Vishnu's rhythms are hypnotic, particularly on "Mystic Angels" and "Ancient Voices," the arrangements that surround them tend to lose some of the subtlety of their playing. Fortunately, for most of the album the arrangements are less busy, and Vishnu and Aeo's charismatic style does a good job of fulfilling the imagery that titles such as "Tribal Gathering," "Distant Rainforest" and "Spirit of the Drum" suggest. The album also features a version of "Drum Spirit" with Chicken Soup for the Soul creator Mark Victor Hansen reading an inspirational story. A thoughtfully-made album, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tranquility is a well-done album of energizing music that works equally well as a part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, or on its own.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares