Craig Karolus | Family Values

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Family Values

by Craig Karolus

Genre: New Age: Relaxation
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1. Fleurida
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2. Jacob's Tribute
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3. Family Values
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4. Denis
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5. My Life With Charlotte
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6. Maddie
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7. Terri
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8. Carry My Soul (To the Heavens Above)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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I would like to present:

Craig Karolus with the album Family Values.



Truly a set of great works. Relaxing and pleasing in all respects.

Craig has done an exquisite job in putting together pieces that describe all aspects of the family.



Each piece represents the family entity or unique individual. You can sense this in every song. Immediately I was able to see nuances in the music that most definitely paints a picture; one of personalities. Listen ever so carefully, you can see each individual and feel their presence.



The orchestration of each piece was excellent and the compositions spoke volumes.

This is a must have for those who would really love to “drift away” from the cares of the world.



My Life with Charlotte tugged ever so slightly on this tired old mans heart strings.

I would call this album: chamber music for the soul.



Thanks for the great experience Craig.



Brian

Our Place Radio


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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

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While the term “family values” has taken on political connotations for some in our culture, Craig Karolus’ use of it transcends all of that and expresses its purest meaning. Family Values is one of the most intimate and personal musical tributes I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. Craig describes it as: “A tribute to the family members and friends whose souls were lifted to the Heavens in 2011.” Many of the tracks are named for them and convey some of their unique energies through their melodies and ambiance.

His music gives a relaxing feeling to the listener, while introducing a dramatic melody at the same time. This is certainly the sense one gets in listening to the first track on the album. Gentle synthesizer strings and piano in the intro, give way to lush orchestration that is powerful, yet elegantly understated, in a way that brought to mind some of the vibe of Suzanne Ciani. The next track, “Jacob’s Tribute,” however, took me quite by surprise. Elements of 70’s and 80’s progressive rock provide a propulsive energy that would likely find favor with fans of groups like early Journey and Yes. This tune taps into Craig’s roots and shows his talents not only as a keyboardist, but features some stellar electric guitar work.

After adding a bit of yang to the yin, it’s back to the more mellow and richly orchestrated sound of the first track for the rest of the album. . The first song written for this album is a sweet musical eulogy to Craig’s father which features ethereal female vocals enhancing the arrangement. These kind of vocals appear in the next track as well and float gracefully over the opulent strings and piano that characterize “My Life With Charlotte” – a loving homage to Craig’s wife. On “Carry My Soul (To The Heavens Above) which appropriately brings the recording to its conclusion, Craig recaps the entire album in a way that is so heartfelt, it is sure to leave its essence lingering in the air after the music ends.The composition is quite cinematic and would make a wonderful soundtrack. It also serves as a re-cap in that it displays one of Craig’s strongest qualities as a composer, one which is found throughout every piece on the CD – his impeccable sense of dynamics. I was moved by the ebb and flow of his melodies and the way he used thematic modulation to shift the emotional currents of his music within the context of a single piece. I appreciate how Craig used his music for the expression of his emotions in such a deeply personal way. I’ll look forward to hearing more from him in the future.
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Sobran las palabras, sólo cabe escuchar… Sentir.
Family Values es el nuevo lanzamiento del teclista Craig Karolus, un álbum que explica sin palabras el verdadero significado de la palabra “Familia”, todo lo más hermoso que puede englobar este importante término, nace de entre sus notas para colarse en nuestro interior. Los sintetizadores ponen voz sincera y profunda a cada pieza, en algunas ocasiones, acudiendo a las raíces del rock, pero por norma general, son suaves y emotivas las composiciones que nos cautivan y nos hacen rememorar los mejores momentos que un día vivimos con nuestros seres queridos. Con este trabajo sobran las palabras, sólo cabe escuchar… Sentir.

El primer track y como no podía ser de otra forma, lleva como título el nombre de la madre de Karolus, “Fleurida”. Una introducción muy poderosa; el recordar los momentos acompañados por esta emocionante banda sonora consigue arrancar lágrimas de mis ojos… los cierro y me dejo llevar por la emoción. Grande Karolus!.

Rememorando sus inicios en el rock, Karolus nos presenta la pieza más rompedora y que se sale de lo habitual en este CD. “Jacobs Tribute” une la música New Age con el rock más puro, entremezclando los sonidos sintetizados y electrónicos con guitarras distorsionadas y una percusión muy dura. Interesante, pero rompe el carácter del álbum.

El track que pone nombre al álbum. “Family Values” es una pieza seria, donde piano y chelo entonan una música profunda, que al paso del tiempo va cambiando su perfil a algo más emocionante. “Family Values” es de esas composiciones que es mejor disfrutar en soledad, sin perturbaciones, recreándose en cada instrumento, en la melodía, de su encanto…

“Denis” es una pieza dedicada a un familiar del artista que falleció en 2011. Variando levemente el piano del track anterior y acudiendo a los sintetizadores, Craig consigue crear una música apasionante, más que una música, es una oración. El canto de una mujer es tan poderoso…

Una dedicada a su compañera y amiga. “My Life With Charlotte” es entrañable, cálida y de melodía repetitiva, este es quizás su punto débil, algo más de variedad en algunos instrumentos hubiese sido muy recomendable. Aún así, es una pieza que invita a soñar.

“Maddie” es inspiradora. Un sinfín de teclados suenan al unísono, marcando una música relajante, soñadora. La más breve de todo el álbum, pero llena de significado. Los violines son expresivos y los synth pad sobrecogedores. Me gusta!.

El sonido de la noche presenta “Terri”, otra de las grandes piezas de este álbum. La unión de efectos ambientales con la música ayuda a crear el contexto para sentir la música. “Terri” está interpretada por guitarra y piano, una combinación dulce y conmovedora. La aparición de los sintetizadores, muy apacibles, refuerzan el sentimiento de la música.

La última pieza, “Carry My Soul (To The Heavens Above)”, contiene entre sus notas todas las palabras que el artista guarda para su familia. Tres de las piezas que componen el álbum llevan el nombre de familiares que Craig perdió recientemente. Sólo escuchar la música, uno es consciente de que el dolor es reciente, de cómo Karolus ha expresado sus verdaderas emociones en este tema.

No sé si es el título tan directo del álbum o la propia música que contiene, o bien puede ser ambos, pero lo que sí es cierto es que este CD ha conseguido acercarme durante unos instantes a todos aquellos familiares que a día de hoy, ya no se encuentran. Family Values contiene una música rica en significado, perfecta para escuchar en la intimidad y emocionarse con los momentos vividos; no obstante, este álbum merece tres o cuatro piezas más; es un álbum bellísimo, pero efímero. Craig nos regala unos preciosos minutos de hermosa nostalgia con su apasionante música. Family Values es un álbum recomendado.

reviewsnewage.com
22/07/12