W.E. Werner

Where Are You

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A cheerful and entertaining production from independent keyboardist Bill Werner. The music on Where Are You consists of light-hearted, if sometimes lengthy, instrumental pieces that demonstrate some nice skills with synthesizers, a taste for progressive-rock elements and a knack for pieces that generate and develop multiple themes -- a knack that's best demonstrated during the twenty minutes of the title track. The one caveat here is that the percussion is sometimes a bit too far forward, overwhelming other elements of the mixes ("Fanfare for the Common Thief" has a particular problem with cymbal crashes that practically send Zildjian brass flying from the speakers). There are other times when the music is graceful and engaging -- the opening minutes of "Mobius Trip" are a lot of feathery fun. Also of note, and of some amusement -- the periodic attack of analog synthesizer sounds, such as the faux Moog lead on "Mobius Trip." But you shouldn't expect something heavy and pompously self-assured.