Various Artists

Arpa Apacible

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The timeless sound of a plucking harp transcends all genres and languages -- or at least that's what the makers of Arpa Apacible seem to believe. The Spanish title turns out to be irrelevant, as the album plays out over 17 tracks of harp-led instrumentals that fall somewhere between new age and easy listening. The classics are here, including "Scarborough Fair," "Greensleeves," and "Down by the Sally Gardens," with the remainder of the set filled out with tradition-minded material that travels a similar sunlit, rose petal-laced path. It's essentially a solo harp record, although washes of synthesizer do appear here and there, and "Foggy Dew" is fleshed out with the sounds of distant thunder and falling rain. It's all very soothing, and might even be successful as a natural stress remover.

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