It's rather ironic to be asked to give this review a label. Why? Because in the liner notes to the wonderful "In My Room", Larry Goldings makes a staunch defence of the music he's selected to play on this CD, describing labels as being "so 1980s." And he's absolutely right.
In a mesmerising demonstration of engaging piano solo work, Goldings has chosen from a catalogue of popular song rather than jazz, but makes no apology for doing so. Nor should he when the music is this good. With compositions from talented artists such as: Rod Argent, Joni Mitchell and Brian Wilson, Goldings has stripped back his sound to acoustic piano, and exposed the heart and soul of great songs that will have you entranced.
Sprinkled amongst these gems of popular songs, Goldings adds compositions of his own, and some experimental soundscapes, recorded after having added Duct tape the strings of his Steinway, lobbed various articles into the guts of the piano and recorded the results. Probably best not to ask the reasoning behind doing this with such a fantastic and expensive instrument, but the results themselves are interesting and not necessarily out of place.
Add a knowledgeable, wide-ranging set of liner notes to the mix, and a recording ambiance of intimacy, and you have yourself a gem. Here is how solo piano music should sound, and unlike most solo indulgences, which tend to get a little stale after some time, this one will have you reaching for the repeat button.
It's rarely been off my player since I discovered it. Beautifully crafted, subtle - and a joy.