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Wubbenhorst, John & Facing Eat / Facing Beloved
Album:Facing Beloved Collection:World
Artist:Wubbenhorst, John & Facing Eat Added:06/2003
Label:Facing East Productions 

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Add Date:2003-09-01 Pull Date:2003-11-03 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Mandy Khoshnevisan
Reviewed 2003-09-25 
John Wubbenhorst and Facing East: Facing Beloved
Traditional Indian instruments plus bass and guitar. Evokes incense and yoga. Reminds me of the soundtrack to a sweeping Imax film at times. Which means it’s pretty and dramatic and evocative of lush landscapes. And has great percussion. The style varies in flavor between songs, from traditional Indian to Celtic sounding to jazzy Latin. The overall sound is smooth and meditative, and each individual track is content to hold its own groove out. All tracks are nice.

1. (6:37) instrumentation builds slowly; flutes and lots of percussion, later guitar, sitar droning in the background, rolling tempo with complicated rhythm
2. (3:51) dark, droning, under pondering fretless bass. It’s an intro to the next track
*3. (10:05) awesome crazy vocal percussion. Also dark and meandering, but with complicated percussion and flute and guitar over.
*4. (1:35) rainforest sounding; misty and slow, with breathy flute and guitar harmonics and rainstick sounds.
*5. (2:18) tiny flutes cascading with soft clicky percussion. Sounds kind of celtic.
*6. (7:26) Irish jig tempo, with driving strummy guitar under dancing flute and violin; and tapping percussion. misty and hurried
7. (3:40) dronings under arrhythmic breathy flute meditations
*8. (8:40) groovy cool Latiny jazz feel; quick tempo, lots of beats on percussion and guitar; groovy flute
9. (1:05) a reading of an essay on “Truth and Religion”; it’s the author’s voice, with people in the background sighing and moaning in agreement
10. (15:33) long, sparse, serene. parts of the melody are a quotation from Bach. Starts out with breathy flute solo; about 4 minutes in, enter percussion. It has extended percussion solos by the two percussionists.
*11. (7:04) same vein as the first track—slowly building instrumentation and complex rhythms, but with emphasis on funky bass soloing.
---reviewed by mandy (la chanteuse)

Track Listing
1.Continuous Celebration 6.Irish Raga
2.Bass Alap 7.There Is Only Light
3.John Beyond 8.Infectuoso Groovatissimo
4.Prelude for Debby 9.The Light About Religion's D
5.Irish Prelude 10.Facing Beloved
 11.Celebration Continuous