I may have been a little late to discover this woman’s work but Michele McLaughlin is certainly a talented pianist that should be demanding your attention. This album ‘Walking The Muse‘ dates back to 2012 has definite overtones to the style of Ludovico Einaudi, whom is a personal favourite of mine. Some people say a piano on its own can sound harsh but in the right hands it can be fabulous. On listening to this album the latter is definitely the case and there’s a healthy back catalogue to discover.
From the offset the title track delivers such melodies and a warmth to these ears. She makes it all sound so simple yet in reality these are complex tunes. ‘Spiritual Awakening‘ is one of the stand out tracks on this thirteen track album. Mid paced and calming it glides along with such hope as it soars around your ears. Whilst the jaunty ‘Misty Fjords‘ is jolly affair which has your mind skimming the waves of sound. Subtle is the ideal word to describe ‘Until We Meet Again‘, a song that slowly entwines you to it. The album closes with ‘Dangerous Obsession‘ that has a darker feel to it but no less captivating right up to the final almost sinister note. As one of the tracks titles suggests ‘A Beautiful Distraction‘ best sums up this album, such a pleasure to hear, 9/10.