William Aura

The World Keeps Turning

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Higher Octave purported in its early days to be a new age outfit, and if this disc represented the future of new age, it was a positive sign. Actually, Higher Octave used discs like this to expand their scope far beyond the new age genesis throughout the '90s. Aura gets by with a little help from flutist Richard Tibbits on the tropical "You Feel So Good," but mainly controls the show, texturing upbeat melodic synth with engaging bass grooves and some acoustic guitar. The disc keeps a pleasant tone throughout, but Aura infuses just enough percussiveness to keep things hopping.

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