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Inner Sanctum, 1998
The most recent album by keyboardist / composer Robert John Godfrey and friends is a definite fan-pleaser. It draws together many successful elements of their old style in a series of highly romanticised, English folk-tinged keyboard-orchestral instrumentals. However there's nothing revolutionary here, and those irritated by their other stuff should stay well away.
I've no doubt he wishes he could afford to hire a real orchestra and show off his clear talent for orchestration. As it stands, the synth arrangements sometimes sound jarringly like MIDI files (for example in "Waltz"). The most successful pieces are those which put some guitar and percussion into the mix, such as the relaxed, uplifting "Chaconne" and the rum-ti-tum folk dance "Gigue". Although for long-time listeners, their tendency to rehash old snippets of melody and chord sequences does grate.
August 12, 2003