Based on The Paradise War, book one of The Song of Albion, written by Stephen Lawhead, this Celtic-influenced album has an enticing and attractive variety of moods, from soft keyboard/flute duets to full-ensemble tracks with drums, bass, and guitar. At times the music leans toward the mainstream, hinting at vintage instrumental Moody Blues (especially in the spoken-word poetry). While not as "Celtic" as Jon Mark or Enya, the music does convey a mystical feeling and each piece has a corresponding text (from Lawhead's book) written in the liner notes to help connect with the vision of the composer and author. Johnson ends the album with a wonderful vocal track. Hailing from Oregon, Johnson has several fine releases that encompass a variety of styles, employing fine musicians in his supporting cast such as Brian Dunning from the group Nightnoise. Songs from Albion is one of those albums that will likely grow on you over time.
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