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Kiss the Earth

Johannes Linstead

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Album Review

The popular worldbeat/new age acoustic guitarist Johannes Linstead continues his journey through a groovin' pop flamenco-land on this second release. He's mining the same territory as he did on his debut, Sol Luna Tierra, but with slightly more aggression on the up-tempo tracks and more elegant ambience and texture on the romantic pieces. He also adds the piano and bouzouki to his impressive multi-instrumentalist resume. A relentless, joyful thump drives the sexy, seductive "Mezza Luna," which rolls aggressively along a path charted by Linstead's guitar but full of spirited acoustic piano flashes, also played by Linstead. "La Serpiente" is as sly as its title promises, opening with hypnotic solo guitar that is then joined by a full rhythm section and then, in spots, a synth orchestra for dramatic effect. "Road to Marrakesh" finds him exploring even more exotica than usual, while "Kiss the Earth" is a sweet meditation full of unusual percussion lines and cool sonic effects. Alla Kadysh adds haunting vocalizations to a few tracks, including the dreamy "Savannah," which has the impact of calling a wayward lover home.

Customer Reviews

Kiss The Earth

I hate it when such incredible talent gets pigeon-holed as "New Age." This is guitar at its height. This is a guitarist at his best. Five stars times ten to the fifth.

ole

Another beautiful album by Johannes.

Genius

Genius is always amazing. I love classical guitar but this is so fresh and individual that it really belongs to the ages as a singular effort. If you love beautiful music and the acoustic guitar this is rare stuff. Worthy of your best headphones and a mighty achievement. Drink it in as a soundtrack of the Good Life. This is good medicine for whatever may ail you or a nice bit of the Best to celebrate Good Times with.

Biography

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Instrumentalist Johannes Linstead is not an easy artist to categorize. Some listeners have described the acoustic guitarist's ambitious, far-reaching albums as new age (although he is much more energetic than new age artists are typically known for being), and others have labeled him nuevo flamenco (that is, modern flamenco-pop rather than traditional straight-ahead flamenco). But while some of his acoustic guitar playing is, in fact, relevant to Spain's nuevo flamenco scene, the truth is that contemporary...
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