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I bought this CD on the strength of a rave review in The Gramophone, having only heard a piece by Whitacre once before. If it were food, this CD would have a red warning indicator. It is pure sugar, and very little else. Yes, if sweetness is your thing, you may get a brief kick out of the songs, which are all short, most of them very short. They are are barely developed at all. At a very, very superficial level they may be drescribed as beautiful. But there is little musical substance to them. I am not even sure they are well sung. The choral singing sounds muddy to me.
I must be getting old (OK, I AM getting old), but I can't understand why Eric Whitacre's music has been embraced by so many, why it's won Grammys and other awards, etc. To me, it's like a caricature of new age music; it's like a soundtrack for a "hip" movie - all it needs is Enya wailing in the last track (to be candid, I didn't make it that far). Not for me at all.