Composer/producer and vocal-orchestral-ambient-groove project mastermind Paul Schwartz's great gift is his ability to combine the ancient and sacred with sounds that are hip, soulful and original. He struck creative gold mining the riches of opera on his two "Aria" projects, and here he digs into beautiful, old, religious texts and poetry (mostly Latin) to create an ethereal and spiritual new age experience. The multi-movements of the opening track, "Veni Redemptor Genium," set the tone, as atmospheric hypnosis blends with a seductive electronic rhythm pattern, the dreamy lead voice of guest singer (and frequent Schwartz collaborator) Lisbeth Scott, and soaring strings. Other emotional tracks like "Miserere" blend some of those same elements with the angelic vibes of a choir. Schwartz also plays piano on two cuts and invokes the spirit of Ireland on the groove-jig vibe of "Simple Gifts," which features Irish whistles and bagpipes. Amidst the seductive originals is a moody twist on "Amazing Grace" that universalizes the legendary Christian anthem, led by Scott's sultry voice. Schwartz's exploration of grace will help listeners achieve a state of peace and relaxation, with a few upbeat surprises along the way.
AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran