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Tranquil Echo: As It Should Be

One-man projects run the danger of being one-dimensional, and lacking the richness provided by multiple personalities. On the other hand, the artist has uncompromised creative control.

Matt Pompli describes this as ranging from contemporary / nu-jazz to driving southern rock / blues leads laced with a hint of industrial and electronic. Well there's an occasional hint of jazz, and the guitar work seems to be loosely based in the blues, but it's really hard-edged symphonic rock with progressive tendencies.

There's little dynamic or stylistic range in the music, and with a few notable exceptions, the songs sound inherently similar. The dual voiced call-and-answer sections in "Mastery & Empowerment" are pleasing, and two instrumental lines weave rather nicely in "Interleave". "Reflections" is indeed reflective, with a pleasing piano over cello sound.

The elegant piano work in the latter part of "Full Circle" comprises some of the more pleasing moments on the record and although the electric piano is nicely played, an old fashioned analog piano would lend an important and sadly missing organic tone. Similarly - the percussion is decently programmed, but a drummer would have been nice.

Despite some obvious drawbacks, Pompli has provided a pleasant listen. As It Should Be is a solid one-man project, with all the benefits and drawbacks of that format.

Track Listing:
1. Tranquil Echo
2. The Eternal
3. Sands of Time
4. Between the Sky
5. Full Circle
6. Reflections
7. Mastery & Empowerment
8. Days of Mu
9. Interleave
12.The Four Winds 1:10
13.A Misdirection of Energy
14.The Evolved

Added: December 3rd 2009
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Related Link: The Artist's MySpace Site
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Language: english

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