Barry Franklin

Barry Franklin - CD Reviews

Sounds From the Ground Up

With a successful 20-year career as a jingle, TV and commercial music writer in his back pocket, Barry Franklin set out to do something he had never done before: write music for himself. TIME AND AGAIN may be this keyboardist's debut album, but he sounds nothing like a New Age rookie.

After a couple of pieces to set the CD's tone, Franklin shifts up the gears in the classically grand and Rachmaninoff-esque piano concerto-styled "Rising." Also of great interest are the musically enticing "Recollection," the shimmering and reflective "Introspection," and the melancholy final piece, "Home at Last." Franklin's mellifluous and melodious use of piano, light guitar, and sweeping orchestrations in a primarily neoclassical style covers a lot of ground. TIME AND AGAIN is sure to reel in many new fans.

The majority of strong tracks are geared for the New Age audience, and Franklin's talent for writing catchy and melodic hooks will keep listeners coming back for replays. Hopefully, TIME AND AGAIN is a sign of future things to come from this talented composer and New Age artist.

-Peter Manzi

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"Franklin is a first-rate talent. Here is a composer who combines vivd orchestrations, heartfelt melodies and stirring performances into one of the most entrancing releases I've heard."

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The Critical Review

"I listened to the album over and over and enjoyed it more each time. Barry Franklin's musicality is obvious and his talent clear...I highly recommend this impressive work that oozes with musicality and romanticism."

-A. Canales

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"Excellent album this one by Barry Franklin. The 13 compositions have a great strength and an emotional beauty. The general style of the work can be described as New Instrumental Music. The music is of a soft character, romantic, with a certain Classical flavor. Touches of Celtic Music and Orchestral Film Music are also present, and even come to have a leading role in different parts of the release."

-Pascual Jurado

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