The Nature of the Beast

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You will agree it's the best yet -- that is, the third release from Colorado keyboard-wizard Davol, who is reminiscent of Arkenstone, Yanni and Burmer in compositional styles and his use of imaginative sounds. Davol's original flair and style show influences ranging from Debussy and Jarre to Vollenweider and Tangerine Dream, yet remain distinctly his own. By introducing percussive elements and often full orchestration as bookends for his melodic compositions, Davol uses nuances and details that lend a greater depth of expression in his music. Particularly effective are the introductory passages for many of the tracks, such as "Gates of Ishtar," "Caravan," and the wistful "Farthest Shore." Davol is a true contender these days, and his electronic weavings continue to establish him as a major voice in contemporary music.

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