There are certain things you can expect to find on a Steven Halpern release, and they are all here on INNER PEACE. The instrumentation is Halpern's classic combination of synthesizer, electric and acoustic piano, flutes, and in places, English Horn (courtesy of Paul McCandless, who has collaborated with Halpern on other occasions). The range and purity of the tones, from primordial lows to celestial highs, are meant to address the energy of each of the seven chakras. The pace is beyond slow, creating an atmosphere for quiet introspection and healing. Within that formula thrives a refreshing variety of sounds.
On the title track, a slow, rolling wave of synthesizer provides a deep drone, while muted horn rises over the horizon like the sun breaking. "Deep Peace" is a tone poem for keyboards, with gentle drum-taps that mimic the heart. Bettine Clemen's sweet flute melodies seem to climb the listener's spine in "Sanctuary of the Heart," and "Traveling Among the Stars" is an effortless, gliding piece for Fender Rhodes piano. The final track, "Time Being," is so motionless it almost defies the rules of music, and yet it generates pure bliss. INNER PEACE is another perfect offering from the master of healing music.
NAPRA Review (11-12/02, p.64) - "...These wispy tone-scapes simply want to puill you in--deeper and deeper..."
New Age Voice (10/02, p.19) - "...Halpern explores the sonic world of morphing keyboards and drones in his most ambitious ambient outing to date..."