Various Artists

Vitality: Renewal Through Rhythm

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A mix of new age, quiet storm, and smooth jazz, Vitality: Renewal Through Rhythm brings an interesting note about musical genres into focus. Namely, new age music is essentially smooth jazz without any rhythmic accompaniment. Adding drum machines to the stable artists of Sugo transforms the album into something much funkier than the music would have been had it stayed at the level of synthesizers and acoustic guitars. It still stays out of the full realm of Boney James and company, but there's more here than one would expect given a blanket conception of the genre. Worth a listen for the decision-making process on the part of the listener.