Spiritual, Spritual!

Review
Gavin Stok January 17, 2002

The Brave is a name you may have heard before. Like Enigma, he shies from the limelight, but the evidence of his work speaks volumes. Think Sacred Spirit. Think b-tribe. He has, in fact, been around since the early 1980s working with artists such as Chaka Khan. I kid you not!

This latest installment of the b-tribe project has The Brave living in Ibiza, and on a new record label (Higher Octave). The result? A High Definition CD (HDCD) quality recording and, well, not much else really.

Spiritual Spiritual will appease those who warmed to the ambience of the previous album, Sensual Sensual (there's a double word pattern going on!) which was released 3 years ago. As with it's predecessor this album will gently pick you up and allow you to float away on a soothing journey. Those of you wanting to be challenged will be disappointed though. Instead of Spanish vocals this time around we get interpretations of classical pieces (Adagio in G-minor). The rest is pretty much similar fare to the previous recording - melodic, well produced, relaxing. 

Not that it's a bad thing. For b-tribe still has a niche that few artists have tried to mimic. As long as you're not a b-tribe fan who wants to be challenged, Spiritual Spiritual will be a welcome addition to your collection.

Thanks to Vera for the CD.

Track Listing

  1. Intro (2:48)
  2. Adagio in G-Minor (4:11)
  3. La Guitarra (4:28)
  4. Sketches of St. Antoni (4:52)
  5. Las Salinas (5:44)
  6. Spiritual Spiritual (6:55)
  7. Es Vedra (4:55)
  8. Matador De Sa Pena (5:33)
  9. Reprise: Spiritual (1:55)
  10. Sunset in St. Carlos (5:49)
  11. She Moves Through the Fair (5:00)
  12. The Sun (3:05)

All tracks performed, arranged, and produced by b-Tribe. Recorded in 1999 & 2000 in Ibiza, Spain and Miami Beach, Florida.

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