Gifts of the Angels
The consummate new age performer, Steven Halpern has developed a following with his sonic therapy albums. GIFTS OF THE ANGELS is more about relaxation and creating a restful environment than curing an illness, but to that end, it achieves its goal quite nicely. Much of the music on this album was derived from his previous albums, save two tracks: the title track and “Angels on High” (which features the vocals of Diana Allen). Halpern’s twinkly, peace-inducing melodies wash over the listener like the waters of a warm bath, dissolving tension and worries, and leaving the listener with a sense of beauty and radiance. Perfect for conscious listening or ambient backdrop music, Halpern’s celestial serenade of electric piano, keyboard tones and angelic choir samples is an island of serenity in a high-stress world.