Yanni, "Truth of Touch"

It's been eight years since Yanni last released an album that sounds like, well, Yanni. But his latest release, "Truth of Touch," manages to be different from that, too. Following Yanni's pair of 2009 English and Spanish vocal albums ("Yanni Voices" and "Yanni Voces," respectively), "Truth of Touch" has a more liberated feel than much of the Greek composer's oeuvre-less bombastic and particularly more rhythm-centric than its predecessors. The airy, descending piano shimmer of the title track is vintage Yanni, but "Echo of a Dream" weaves bass and keyboards into a sinewy underpinning. Elsewhere, the track "I'm So" incorporates a hip-hop groove, "Flash of Color" explores Indian textures, and "Guilty Pleasure" has a halting, soulful feel. The song "Vertigo" features some bona fide rock muscle, while "Seasons" and "Yanni & Arturo" (the latter recast from 2009's "Yanni Voces") visit the Latin side of the musical planet. Three tracks here feature singing by his "Voices"/"Voces" collaborators, but it's the refreshed instrumental approach that makes "Truth of Touch" alluring and worth a listen.

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