Judging from his past four discs, self-taught pianist/composer George Skaroulis certainly knows how to create music that is as soothing as it is inspirational. Return to Homeland (like its predecessors, issued via the artist's own Evzone Music) finds the Atlanta-based Skaroulis revisiting nine gorgeously ambient moments from his five-year-old debut (Homeland), which was a musical tribute to his ancestral homeland, Greece. Tracks like the
At first hearing, the homage paid by Los Hijos de los CÉlebres (Isamel Rivera Jr., Tommy "Puchy" Rodríguez, and AndrÉs "Andicito" Montanez) to music popularized by Puerto Rico's Cuarteto Mayarí, Cuarteto Marcano, and Sexteto Borinquen might seem like an obvious gimmick.
Saves the Day's previous full-length album, 1999's Through Being Cool, was a major leap for the New Jersey punk rockers, showcasing the band's commercial potential without betraying its hardcore roots.