David Arkenstone

Citizen of the World

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David Arkenstone is a veteran new age music composer and musician. He is also diverse and versatile, able to perform in many different arenas and styles. For Citizen of the World, he gathered all of his diversity into one box and spread it across 56 minutes. As stated above, Arkenstone performs quite capably. With the possible exception of the final track of the disc, "Into the Dreamtime," that's exactly what this is: a capable rendering of worldbeat and new age styles. It is not until that final track that listeners will hear spirit and soul. Of course, it is difficult -- nay, impossible -- to enter the dreamtime superficially. This is a good CD; don't misread or misquote this impression. Arkenstone has done better and he has done worse. There are neither challenges nor offenses on this disc.

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