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 Eclectic Eve 

Reviewed By  Janet Mawdesley       November 26, 2014


Eclectic is the operative word for this first of from Christopher Lapina who has exercised his prodigious musical abilities to deliver an album which is totally unique and absolutely stunning in a musical, as well as revolutionary sense.

Lapina symbolically creates the evolution of Eve and with each track on the album illustrates a phase in the emergence of Eve – the eternal woman – as she becomes a “more knowledgeable, creative and well-rounded woman”.

From the funky, almost jarring, but definitely captivating, Highland Return to the final offering She’s Often Here Lapina uses many varying genre to get the message across in the very best possible way.

Hand in Glove is complete percussion with a quirk- it is played in reverse. Take a listen in particular to this piece and you will find you become a kindred spirit with the beat.

Rolling Blue sees Lapina joined by a top line up with Rob Holmes on Sax, Phil McCusker, guitar, Dallas Smith, bass and John Emrich on percussion to present one of the most intriguing blues/jazz segments on the album.

As said Lapina moves fluidly across many genres on this album and on each track presents the listener with differing combinations of sound/music/beat/pulse/rhythm- call it what you like, each piece is a standalone composition and each piece is reflective of the journey.

Vocalese rubs shoulders with jazz, cello comes in with synthesiser, bass and chimes on a number of differing tracks all adding to the wonderful eclectic journey which can easily be translated to the development and maturation of life experience.

If you love an album of sameness this will not appeal but if you enjoy a musical smorgasbord served up to tantalise, intrigue, capture and enjoy this is one which, in Lapina’s words, “will open the door to fresh creative energies”.

It definitely has that WOW factor.