Nirvana Café

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Karunesh's second album is a pleasant mix of easy-listening pop and smooth jazz. If from that description you suspect this album of synthesizer ballads is laid-back, you'd be right, but there is enough melodic intrigue to keep things interesting. "Dazzled by the Light" is a smooth cha-cha featuring Real Music label-mate Govi on lead guitar. (He also shows up on the jazzy "Blessings Rain," and lays down a Spanish-style solo in "Follow Your Heart."). "The Peace Within" plays like one of John Tesh's more uplifting ballads. The best composition here is "Sapphire," an engaging slice of melodicism with flute-like voicing and infectious percussion.

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