Every volume of BMG Special Products' multi-disc Candlelight Moments series is designed to provide background music for romantic, intimate evening. All sorts of music could be used for such occasions, and there are a variety of different styles in the series, with each being grouped under specific headings, such as Dreamscapes. This particular volume contains ten new age and contemporary instrumental tracks, ranging from shimmering guitars to violins and mandolins to liquid synth soundscapes. It's similar in tone to the other discs in the series -- so much so that it's hard to treat it as anything other than part of a piece, nearly interchangeable with its companion. Still, the similarity of the Candlelight Moments discs is a blessing for fans of clean, atmospheric, self-consciously sophisticated contemporary music, since they know that they'll be getting exactly what they want from any of the installments of the series. Among the highlights on Dreamscapes are cuts by the Modern Mandolin Quartet, Andy Summers, Pierce Pettis, Tuck Andress, Leo Kottke, Alex De Grassi, Michael Hedges, the Steve Morse Band and Leo Kottke.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine