Natural World Trilogy

Rick Wakeman

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Natural World Trilogy Review

by Mike DeGagne

Well within the genre of new age, The Natural World Trilogy is Rick Wakeman's attempt at uniting all of the earth's tranquil elements and translating them through the use of his keyboards to produce relaxing and overly sedative music. Broken up into three separate discs entitled "The Animal Kingdom," "Beneath the Waves," and "Heaven on Earth," Wakeman's somewhat bland compositions cease to create any type of melodic fluctuation. True, the purpose of the album is to release stress and tension, but this shouldn't be accomplished by sacrificing the potential energy that can be released from the keyboards, even in it's most subtle forms. Not only does this album suffer from its stereotypical new age construction, but it lacks the depth that Wakeman usually applies to his music, which is prevalent on other albums of this type. When dissected even deeper, each separate CD fails to harbor any distinguishing characteristics. Only the second disc, meant to represent the world beneath the sea, contains any slight differentiation in flow or pace. Wakeman's other new age series known as The Aspirant Trilogy holds more fluency and musical radiance than all of the three discs that comprise this album. The Art in Music Trilogy is another of his new age collections that is constructed in the same manner as The Natural World Trilogy, but contains a much more compelling musical makeup.

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