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CandiceMichelle1 ,

From Aural Awakenings

Highly-acclaimed and prolific composer Michael Whalen returns this time with an intimate solo piano offering. Recorded at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont, Cupid Blindfolded is a ten-piece album that consists of contemporary melodies imbued with a classical elegance. Gracefully unfolding like a collection of romantic and serenading hymns, Cupid Blindfolded speaks softly to matters of the heart with its boldly intricate yet tenderly executed arrangements. Aptly-placed at the album's midway point is a pinnacle moment called “The Muse”, which beautifully conveys a mysterious intrigue that seems particularly evocative of the enticing cover artwork!

KathyPiano7 ,

From MainlyPiano

"Cupid Blindfolded" is Michael Whalen’s first purely acoustic solo piano album since 1999. Returning to his “unplugged” roots and pouring his heart into every note, Whalen recorded the album on Will Ackerman’s Steinway grand piano at Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont. Whalen claims that Ackerman’s piano has “magic infused into it,” and, in his hands, I think it does. Tom Eaton engineered the album and Whalen produced it. The title of the album comes from a sonnet by Shakespeare and means, essentially, that love is blind. It is interesting to note that the album was recorded live in the studio with six video cameras rolling and that there are NO piano edits.

Michael Whalen has released 32 albums under his own name and has produced recordings for many other artists. He has also spent more than 30 years working in advertising, television, film and video games. He has received two Emmy Awards and has been nominated eight times. I’ll be very surprised if "Cupid Blindfolded" doesn’t add a number of awards to his collection. Fellow pianists will be happy to know that there will be a companion solo piano songbook released at about the same time as the recorded album.

"Cupid Blindfolded" opens with the title track, a beautiful piece that sets the tender yet passionate tone of the album. “All of My Heart. All of My Soul” expresses deep emotion with love and a generous amount grace. “Reflection of My Affection” is a favorite. Very free, dramatic and from the heart, it says so much without the use of any verbiage. Love it! I also really like “Sunrise in the Desert,” which was inspired by time spent in Arizona a couple of years ago. Whalen loved waking up before sunrise and watching the desert transform from night to day while experiencing the intense silence. “The Muse” has a somewhat more exotic flavor and feels like it could be an improvisation (it is not). “At the Touch of a Lover” feels very free and relaxed with an emotional intensity that says so much with so little. The piano is especially effective for describing rain, and “Standing in the Rain” is a beautiful example of that. In this piece, the rain ranges from a gentle drizzle to more of a heavy shower - gorgeous! “Serendipity” is the only fully-improvised piece on the album and is more playful than most of the other tracks. “Isle of Skye” has a very cinematic sweep, creating images in the listener’s mind. “City of Lights” brings the album to a very quiet, peaceful close.

"Cupid Blindfolded" will certainly stand as one of the best albums of the year as well as one of the best piano albums of the decade. Don’t miss it!

pianohombre1984 ,

Best Piano Album of 2019!

Cupid Blindfolded is the latest full length album by artist and composer Michael Whalen. This is the 22nd album with a long career with 2 Emmy wins and a BMI Award. His composition “ I Have Loved You For a Thousand Lifetimes” has been streamed over 30,000,000 times on Spotify and millions of views on YouTube. I was excited to hear that he was releasing a solo piano album which is different than his ambient/electronic albums from the past. 
 The first song and title track gives echoes of classic Windham Hill like Liz Story and Barbara Higbie. Very romantic and beautiful voicing that bring out the emotions in the piece. This is probably one of my favorite pieces on the album.
“All of My Heart, All of My Soul” is the next track on the album starts with high soft notes and then goes into a soft ballad expressing lots of emotion. “Reflection of My Affection” is a nostalgic, minor key song that really brings sad and serious emotion of a lost love. 
 “The Muse” starts with a beautiful bass drone and builds intensity and then comes back to a soft touch. “Standing in the Rain” caught my attention with soft arpeggios that give me a mental image of soft rain in the mountains that begins to build to a heavier storm and then resolves back to a gentle rain. Beautiful!
“City of Lights” begins simple chords and beautiful voicing that reminds me of driving in beautiful city at night time and contemplating about the little things about life. There are ten tracks on this album and I highly recommend purchasing a copy available on iTunes and Amazon! 



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