Acoustic Alchemy continues with double guitar magic on their newest release, their GRP debut. They are recording all original tunes (with the exception of Paul Desmond's "Take Five") and are joined by keyboards, percussion and bass (as well as trombone on two cuts).
Cynics might roll their eyes at the album's title – there is nothing at all edgy about this duo's buffed-to-a-high-gloss music – but The New Edge is actually one of Acoustic Alchemy's most entertaining releases. There's a playfulness to these tunes, like the puckish electronic drums on the flamenco-tinged and downright catchy "Notting Hill Two-Step" and the tongue-in-cheek boulevardier pretensions of the closing "Rive Gauche," that suggests a pair of sharp wits behind the well-packaged sheen of this music. The songs are a consistently memorable lot this time out, with a much higher than usual ratio of interesting melodies to snoozy new age mush, and the production, for once, is not so Velveeta-smooth that the record actually becomes hard to listen to.