Thursday, May 30, 2019
Album Review: Reflection by Shoshana Michel
Aptly titled Reflection, Michel’s fourth album and third collection of original music is comprised of eleven solo pieces that interweave both classical and contemporary motifs. Like a gently flowing river softly shimmering in the moonlight, her pristinely elegant compositions delicately sparkle, as the soothing melodies often take unexpected yet subtle paths along tranquil currents.
Conveying an atmosphere of serenity and solitude, the album’s artwork perfectly depicts the mood of the music, which often paints pacifying images of the sky, the stars and the sea. Avoiding any frenetic tendencies, Michel opts for arrangements that are melodically intricate yet calmly introspective over a theatrical power-playing style. Fitting for a spa setting or as accompaniment to the healing arts, her compositions effectively promote and nurture an inexplicable inner calm.
Another notable characteristic of Michel’s music is that she infuses many of her compositions with a unique element of sacredness that has seemingly been transferred from her Chabad Nigunim arrangements. This beautiful idiosyncrasy is most detectable on personal favorites such as “Shooting Stars”, “Soothing the Tempest Within”, “The Moon’s Lament” and “Labyrinth”.
Sure to earn Shoshana Michel more well-deserved praise, Reflection is easily one of the year’s best solo piano albums! ~Candice Michelle
For more information please visit the artist's website. This album is also available at Amazon, Bandcamp and Google Play.
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