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Way, Darryl: Destinations 2

Destinations 2 seems the perfect concept during these homebound times; creating musical soundscapes based on Way’s imagined journeys to exotic places. The CD booklet contains Way’s explanation of the inspiration behind each track. With his pedigree and storied career, Way is in the pilot’s seat for most of the instrumentation except for the drums and bass.

The opening “Alhambra Knights” explores middle eastern motifs, while “Mother Earth” offers up a Pink Floyd vibe with Way showcasing his guitar skills. “Banquet of the Vanities” offers more of Way’s guitar in a rocking format, described as a mediaeval banquet in Verona attended by the Montagues and Capulets. It is surprising how much focus is on guitar (both acoustic and electric) considering Way’s storied career and prowess on the violin. “Choctaw Ridge” features a lot of violin, and does have more a country fiddle quality, drawing its inspiration from the deep south of Mississippi. “Rio Grande” has a folky Americana quality to it (think Aaron Copeland), a simple effective melody that gets an orchestral treatment. The CD is entirely instrumental except for the closing “Across a River Wide (The Immigrant Song)”. Although the music well performed and recorded, and melodic, it seems suited for background music. Way intended this music to help people imagine a journey to these varied locations and provide an escape, maybe it will work for you.


Track List:

  1. Alhambra Knights
  2. Mother Earth
  3. Banquet of the Vanities
  4. Café de Paris
  5. Colombian Gold
  6. Ocean Blues
  7. Choctaw Ridge
  8. Rio Grande
  9. Vegas
  10. Fiesta Mexicana
  11. Hungarian Rhapsody
  12. Across a River Wide (The Immigrant Song)

Added: October 2nd 2021
Reviewer: Eric Porter
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Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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Way, Darryl: Destinations 2
Posted by Andrew Virta on 2021-11-28 09:33:33
My Score:

This is, perhaps objectively, the worst sounding solo outing from Darryl. And I am using my words correctly: sounding. Composition-wise, most songs are good (a few great), even when the lyrics get too direct and too simple (Way is a hit and miss as a poet). But the mixing on all but 1 track (Ice Man) is too compressed, with synth bass too undefined and boomy. The poor sound is less or more poor depending on the track, but all 9 our of 10 suffer. The bare minimum every owner of the CD should do is reduce the bass in Audacity (how much is of course personal, but at least a little). Reducing bass often improves overly compressed music, helps recover that precious dynamic range, even when it's only a few drops into an empty bucket.




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