“… As with The Dream Gallery, I enjoyed his new album, which draws in part upon the composer’s roots in pop, rock, and jazz as well as classical music. … We get a good deal of tortured introspection in “The Dark-Eyed Chameleon,” the songs full of pathos and distress. The piano accompaniment nicely captures the mood of each piece, and (Jamie) Chamberlin conveys a sweet sense of anguish throughout. Some of these songs are downright heart-wrenching, so expect a sort of long day’s journey into night here. Fortunately, they are quite fetching, too, “Your Girl” a particularly touching work … . (Ariel) Pisturino’s singing encapsulates the evocative soul of the “Five Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke,” and Abel’s piano arrangements for them are equally severe; yet the glumness also has an oddly appealing optimism about it … . The final “Rainbow Songs” … are probably the most positive, colorful tunes in the collection, so it’s nice to go out with them. … There is much to enjoy and contemplate in Abel’s consciously “artsy” songs, with their thoughtful and well-considered lyrics and music. They’re worth a listen.” —John J. Puccio, Classical Candor
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