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Charles Laster II & Silvia Pratesi - Journey of Life

Journey of Life

Charles Laster II & Silvia Pratesi

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

Journey of Life is neither bad nor good, but music this mediocre should be ashamed of itself. Of course, its Christer origins must be credited with a good deal of blame, from oatmeal lyrics to highly derivative compositions and arrangements. A lot is made of little in the PR agency's accompanying lit: the "powerhouse" names cited are unknowns except perhaps to religionist cult audiences, and the references to "miracles in motion" and such tripe fail to elicit even a half-concerned grimace. Mr. Laster has an ultra-high sheen to his work with distant antecedents in Stevie Wonder, Lonnie Liston Smith, 70s/80s soul, probably even Goldie, but it's a gloss trying way too hard, incestuously servicing itself to cover narrow bandwidths. The gent and his cohort have picked up all the gimmicks but little of the backbone. There is, I have to admit, a definite potential in many ingredients should the duo ever figure out how to be themselves and not the shadow of a back catalog mirroring others' successes long gone by, but…well, show me people who'll believe in a God and I'll show you souls who will swallow most anything without much in the way of a thought process. Most of what they produce, then, will reflect that rather dismal state and its vapidity, and here you have this CD.

Track List:

  • Journey of Life
  • I Believe
  • In My Mind
  • Wrong to Right
  • Eternal Dansing
  • Joy Train
  • True Love
  • The Moment
  • The Family Song
  • The Promise
  • Feel the Power
All songs written by Silvia Pratesi & Charles Laster II.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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