While listening to flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert's latest, don't be surprised if you find yourself nodding off—and that's meant as a compliment.
While listening to flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert's latest, don't be surprised if you find yourself nodding off—and that's meant as a compliment. In a city like New York, where street noise is a given, and where everybody seems to have mastered the (non) art of multi-tasking, there comes a time when the average Joe just wishes it would all stop. Well, with the help of In the Arms of Love, it can, if only for the duration of the disc's playing time. Such tracks as the beautifully spartan "Querencia" (Home) shows the Spanish flavors of the German-born performer's 17-year residence in Sante Fe. On "Twilight Rain," Liebert utilizes a luitar, a lute-like instrument that resembles the shape and scale of a guitar, to great melancholic effect. "Soft Blue Spiral: The Lull of Falling Waters" will have you daydreaming in no time (massage therapists take note!). With In the Arms of Love, Liebert has crafted a collection of original lullabies—for the child in everybody—that truly relax and soothe the mind, body, and soul.—MP