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  Perspectives by The Granola People

Perspectives cover art

Artist: The Granola People
Title: Perspectives
Catalogue Number: No catalogue number
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2006

A "granola", I learn, is somebody who subscribes to hippie idealisms. Alternatively, it is a nutty breakfast cereal. With my mind now at ease, I refer now to Ontario duo Frank Deresti and Andrew Muncaster, who have offered up an album of thought-provoking acoustic folk.

Affairs begin at a timid pace with "The Source". The slow, pacing guitars sounding softly indicate the first signs of the pairing being a lasting one. "Forward to Love and Blindness" hears the album veer towards a decidedly bluegrass sound, though it doesn't follow on to "Carry On"; a more bluesy exercise.

This album possess almost hypnotic qualities, I jest you not. "Shadowlands" boasts a gentle guitar, free as if it were a leaf in the wind. It's not just the guitars that capture the senses. The overlapping vocals on "Time" make a good song that bit better. Anyone familiar with the Simpsons' parody of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" will no doubt enjoy "Hey Old Man", which addresses the old man in a similar, if less blunt, way.

This is an album that sounds like it has been stewing away for the past ten years, and will have bountiful appeal to folk-rock enthusiasts. If the opportunity arises, buy the album.
Review Date: March 17 2008