Robin Miller

Paradise View

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Paradise View is the current culmination of a modest career that seems about to take off. Robin Miller's previous works involved pretty melodies and sufficient orchestration to add space elements to his cassette-only titles such as Celestial Bridge. But nothing that has come before could have prepared even the most clairvoyant listener for the incredibly lofty scope of Paradise View. All of the music is performed by Miller (except drum tracks on two cuts) in addition to all production and composing efforts. His talent lies in the diversity of expression and the undeniable precision of writing that develops each of the 13 pieces into a cohesive whole. Each track is at turns romantic, dynamic, spacey and consistently memorable. There is the rhythm-driven title cut, the piano simplicity of "Helen's Passion," and the layered, ascending textures of the album's longest track, "Selva Suite -- Atmosphere of Light." A little razzle-dazzle, a touch of funky tempos and muscular cross-rhythms add to the overall appeal. Mostly the piano intros and middle passages stand out, such as on "Children of Peace," bringing to mind images of far-off lands and dreamy fantasies.