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Yanni - If I Could Tell You Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 October 2000


If I Could Tell You
format: CD
label: Virgin Records
release year: 2000
performance: 5
sound 8
reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano

ImageHave you ever gone for a massage at an upscale spa? Most likely, you’ve heard Yanni and didn’t even realize it. The Greek-born composer is the foremost star in the world of New Age music. His compositions are lush, grand and beloved in many countries of the world. I have made fun of Yanni’s music in the past, mostly because the tunes are so generic. They really sound to me like musical wallpaper. They are very ambient and overly pleasant. Listening to a Yanni CD makes you feel as if you’ve just popped a handful of Valiums.

I’ve been wondering what Yanni would tell me if we spoke with one another. The tunes on his album If I Could Tell You don’t have any vocals other than as background effects. Most of the melodies are carried by synths, keyboards and a variety of non-Western instruments. The world music influence of Yanni is refreshing, but somehow the tunes and the flow of the record just leaves me limp. Perhaps it is that Yanni’s music is too politically correct. It is so flowing and gracious that it seems as if it is trying hard not offend anyone’s tastes, but at the same time, it never really makes any kind of a musical statement.

Millions of people love Yanni. His records go multi-platinum every time and his concert tours are consistently among the biggest of the year. Yanni clearly is a talented musician and his production is done well, which makes his CDs sound great on a high-performance system. If you are looking for a way to keep from being consumed with road rage during a rush hour commute, you could try If Could Tell You as a soothing option in your car’s CD changer. However, I warn you, if you see the close-cropped photo of Yanni dripping wet, with his perfectly manicured moustache, in the liner notes, you may uncontrollably fire off a few rounds at nearby motorists.

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