Following the successful 2017 release of the album “Serenity,” Michael Kollwitz has done it again with his 2018 album release, “Serenity II.” This is his 22nd album, and his 2nd album release in the New Age genre. Kollwitz’s instrument is the unique and unusual Chapman Stick, which he describes as “the perfect marriage between piano and guitar.” Kollwitz composed and performed all 16 tracks on “Serenity II.” The album is extraordinarily serene – aptly named – and melodic, speaking to us of gentle, warm breezes and flowing, peace inside and out.
The album opens with the rich and mellow, “The Presence.” Graceful and elegant, with a smoothly fluid melody, it’s soul-soothing and memorable. “Wrapped in Love” on track 2 follows suit, and we may find ourselves wanting to stay in this harmonic, tranquil space forever. Yes, I think I will.
Exploring further, and finding every song on this album to be stunningly beautiful, “One With Nature,” track 11, is a personal favorite; a dreamy composition with a soft flute underlay. Track 12, “Shaman’s Cave,” is most wonderful, with intricate, delicate, and transportive nuances. “Easy Does It,” on track 13 is just that. Easy, laid-back, and effortlessly peaceful. Although it was really hard to choose, “Breaking Free,” track 14, is my definitive favorite on the album. The mix here is gorgeous, making a lush and languid landscape for perfect relaxation. “Beyond the Clouds,” track 15, perfectly conveys a heavenly feel with an ethereal melody and whispy underlay. The album closes out with the facile and eloquent “Way of Knowledge,” which is just over 4 minutes of pure bliss.
“Serenity II” is just the right amount of everything on every single track, and the perfect addition to any contemporary New Age album collection. Timeless and utterly effortless, “Serenity II” by Michael Kollwitz is the ultimate oasis of true serenity. Highly recommended and a “must have.” — Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com
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