Bill Douglas' initial Hearts of Space release, Jewel Lake, reflects ethnic, classical and ambient elements in its serene, 14-track arc. Gentle ballads like the title track and "Angelico" meld with Celtic-inspired pieces like "Highland," "Killarney" and "Deep Peace," which features vocals by soprano Jane Grimes. "Karuna"'s dramatic, Moorish atmosphere may explain why Jewel Lake found surprising popularity in Spain. While some may find the album a little sweet, others will enjoy its unfettered lyricism.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares