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Charles Laster II & Silvia Pratesi - Journey of Life

Journey of Life

Charles Laster II & Silvia Pratesi

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

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

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

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