Celeste Alayne

Portrait of the Goddess

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Celeste Alayne's Portrait of the Goddess is an odd little collection of odes to various goddesses. It's an interesting premise, and indeed she covers all of the main deities, from "Gaia" and "Isis" to "Kuan Yin" and "Sarasvati." But the album falls far short of its mission and simply comes off as sounding very new age-y and not much more. There are lots of swirly synth string pads and chinging bells and Tibetan singing bowls and even harpsichord, all meant to soothe your nerves and create a specific atmosphere befitting of goddess worship. Sadly enough, though, Alayne never reaches the majesty and magnificence that these figures represent and deserve to be offered. The heartfelt aspect of devotion seems to have been set aside to make room for a more clinical approach that just doesn't convey the message.

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