This album is very pretty. This album is very ambient. It is well done on all points from engineering, to composition, to execution. It is a standout work of individual accomplishment, but against the wide range of ambient it distinguishes itself very little. For as much as it could get lost in the shuffle were you to put it in the CD changer with Dead Can Dance, Kitaro and Yanni, it is surprisingly gentle and it understates its complexities.
The songs are formulaic ambient. Well done by all accounts, but very formulaic. When listening closely there are a number of samples that have been used a million times all over the electronica genre ever since they were included in Voyetra's E-Jay modules.
A pure standout is the Christmas Suite. A song in two movements, it combines choral arrangement, deft orchestration, and a lovely progression of modes and motifs. Yanni, this ain't your Grandmother's Acropolis. Legends of True is a gentle soundtrack offering, almost playing like a minuet.
Yvonnita uses a delicate string backdrop for a sweet accordion melody. Although not used in a groundbreaking manner, it combines the imagery of lonely French cafes and dreamy trancescapes. It takes until the 12the track on the album, Lycanthope 2000, to finally get a song with a pulse. A basic techno tune, it has all the ingredients, but nothing groundbreaking.
Aside from the standout tracks, The Garden has little definition from song to song, or from other filler offerings in the genre. Its orchestrated pieces have depth and personality. Its purely ambient tracks have neither. There is no meat here, and for as much as ambient is supposed to be airy and lofty, the altitude has made the atmosphere a little thin.
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