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It’s an absolute masterpiece of an album, one of the best I’ve ever heard. I’m going to steal from the Amazon reviewer ‘Jules T’, because s/he puts it much better than I could ever hope to:
This is an album to dissolve into, a bit like the best hot bath you’ve ever had. As I have got to know it I have fallen deeply in love with it.
It consists entirely of Armstrong’s hands and a piano, this simplicity only adding to the intimacy conveyed by the mood of the music. It’s deeply emotional, more so than you would expect for a album entirely played on one instrument. And it’s incredibly relaxing and uplifting.
Armstrong plays the piano as no-one before, both in a spiritual and literal sense – he plucks, strums, and digitally messes about, as well as playing straight.
It’s just fantastic, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.