Linford Detweiler

Grey Ghost Stories

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As a follow-up to 1999's I Don't Think There's No Need to Bring Nothin', Detweiler returns with another instrumental recording of piano music. As he himself says in the liner notes, "If this music were more plain and simple, I guess I'd have to tie one hand behind my back." With a few exceptions, the pieces on this recording, like the previous effort, reminds one of country church piano music, many of the pieces having a hymn-like quality. Few of the pieces have much in the way of a strong melody or unusual texture. Standouts include "Pirate Girls" and "He Was Happy," which are guitar compositions. "New Thrift Store Dress" is reminiscent of European composers of the Romantic period, such as Liszt or Chopin, with his ornamental trills in the upper registers. More interesting than boring background music, soothing and meditative.

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