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Dancing with the Lion [14 Tracks]

Andreas Vollenweider 7/1/2009
After the Grammy-winning 1987 effort Down to the Moon, Andreas Vollenweider returned with Dancing With the Lion, a concept album of sorts about the nature of life and death. For the first time, Vollenweider extended his creative palette, drawing on the talents of many musicians worldwide. His modified harp was still in full effect, but Lion matched its unique tone with touches of electric guitar (the light, Latin-influenced pop of "Dance of the Masks"), plaintive violin ("See, My Love"), and the ambitious title track, which mixed unique percussion and vocal elements into a surprisingly straightforward pop cocktail. While the composer's early work seemed to be more about relaxation, or where the music could take the listener, Dancing With the Lion seemed to encourage contemplation. It was easy to find solace in the Asian-inflected chording of "Hippolyte," or the album's atmospheric finale, where flutes, flamenco guitar, fiddle, and chimes combined with the harp in an approximation of that famous story about the white light at the end of the tunnel. The addition of so many extra instruments into Vollenweider's already widely scanning sound worked to expand his ideology as much as it did his sound, since the range of ethnic styles represented unified his music with so many locales. Dancing With the Lion was a textured, pensive release that suggested Vollenweider's later work with an international cast of likeminded musicians and symphonies. ~ Johnny Loftus
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 Unto the Burning Circle PT3M49S
  3. 2 Dancing With the Lion PT4M
  4. 3 Hippolyte PT1M11S
  5. 4 Dance of the Masks PT5M51S
  6. 5 Pearls & Tears PT5M14S
  7. 6 Garden of My Childhood PT1M47S
  8. 7 Still Life PT5M37S
  9. 8 And the Long Shadows PT3M40S
  10. 9 See, My Love... PT3M2S
  11. 10 Silver Dew, Golden Grass PT59S
  12. 11 Ascent From the Circle PT4M19S
  13. 12 Ouverturli [Live 1989] PT3M7S
  14. 13 First Piece [Live 1989] PT4M10S
  15. 14 Hey You! Yes, You... PT3M12S

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