One of ten volumes in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Awakening features contemporary instrumentals by pianist Sean Turner. While Turner's melodies are lovely, particularly on "Awakenings," and the Asian-tinged "Spirit of the Flower Petals," the arrangements that surround them tend to lose some of the subtlety of his playing. Fortunately, for most of the album he is unaccompanied, and his gentle style does a good job of fulfilling the imagery that titles such as "Dawn," "Quiet Moments," and "Wind Dancer" suggest. Though the album consists of eight fairly lengthy pieces, Turner manages to keep them engaging throughout. His sound may not be revelatory to fans of new age piano music, but it probably won't disappoint them, either. The album also features a version of "Awakenings" with Chicken Soup for the Soul creator Mark Victor Hansen reading an inspirational story. A thoughtfully-made album, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Awakening is a well-done album of motivational 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