Christian Vander — To Love
(Seventh Records A III, 1988, CD)
by Dan Casey, Published 1995-11-01
Welcome to Christian and Stella's living room... This is positively the most minimalist of all Vander's solo efforts. Christian and spouse Stella are the only musicians featured here (Stella only appears on one cut), and Christian only plays piano, Rhodes, and Yamaha DX7 except on the last tune "XMC" where he finally gets behind the drum kit. Even then the music is not much more than simple piano chord progressions with delicately sung vocals lilting around on top of it. It's always interesting to hear Vander manipulate his voice into that screechy high falsetto, in fact it's almost hard to believe that's a human sound. But you can get that on any Magma album in moderation. Here it goes on for very long lengths of time, in awkward bluesy explorations. Clearly this is an album of passion and love expressed by one for the other, and in that sense it is somewhat effective but only interesting the first few times around.
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