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Ambition dragged down by pomposity

Behind the Light
Behind the Light
By Osamu Kitajima

Higher Octave Records: 1991

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This review first appeared in the August 21, 1992 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

New Age keyboard artist Osamu Kitajima's new release, "Behind the Light," is at times engaging, has an Eastern sound and approach reflective of his heritage, but is dragged down by its ponderousness and pomposity.

Like much New Age music, this album is fairly repetitive, full of grandiose, sweeping passages that fail to excite, and is longer on aspiration than inspiration.

There isn't enough of the good stuff here to outweigh the negatives.