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I should start by saying I am a fully paid up member of the Voces8-are-the-best-a-cappella-group er, group. I've seen them live (better than The 16 I reckon), got the albums, mourned when a beloved member goes off somewhere else etc. Yet... 4 stars. Maybe I'm too stuck in my ways/expectations, but the Plainscape section of this album gets me reaching for the Fast Forward button. However I love it that Voces8 are introducing something different and supporting contemporary composers, even if it isn't to my personal taste and, lets face it, pressing fast forward isn't the hassle it used to be. That aside, there's some beautiful beautiful music here. With the Hilliard Ensemble now gently humming on their porches, Voces8 lead the way for me.
Voces8 have turned out some very good CDs, but this is the most consistently excellent offering so far. It's as still as deep black ice and as cool as a field of snow. This is the ultimate antidote to cheap midwinter tinsel music. Listening to every single track is an act of meditation with deep, subtle and creative harmonies, delivered with the perfect blend of technical excellence, angelic inspiration and soulful humanity.