I find that many meditation albums have too much melody and rhythm. Sometimes this makes it harder to meditate and find the peace you need. But today I’m going to tell you about an album that has an almost perfect balance between melody and meditative elements; Sherry Finzer’s Sanctuary II – Earth. Read on to learn more about this magnificent musical sanctuary.
While the first Sanctuary album (released in 2009) was more about spirituality, this second installment, released in 2011, is more down-to-earth. It is dedicated to the immense beauty of mother Earth.
There’s something remarkable relaxing and soothing about how Sherry Finzer uses the sounds of nature and silence as effects to accompany her flute. The arrangement feels almost organic, as natural as any part of creation. Just listen to the flute on Dawn’s First Light. You can almost “hear” the light, and “see” the sun rising over the forest.
Sanctuary II – Earth feels like one continuous song, even though it is divided into tracks. The album also contains guitar segments and some very nice synths too. My favorite track is the ambient Woodlands. Rarely have I felt so close to nature while listening to music.
All in all I’m very impressed with Sanctuary II – Earth. If you are looking for an album for relaxation and meditation, you must check this one out. It is among the finest in the genre, and a statement that Sherry Finzer is one of the best and most original flutists today.
Score: 94/100 – See how I rate music here.
Also check out our review of the album Transformation by Sherry Finzer and Darin Mahoney here