Ritual Tools

We highly recommended Ms. West’s earlier album, Notes From the Woods and were looking forward to her newest, released at the end of 2007. Happily, World Journey is a lovely album, warm and pleasing, providing the listener with an excellent blending of contemporary ‘new age’ music with a wide variety of world rhythms. This is not ‘dance’ music, but is better suited for background music or meditation (follow a single instrument and see where it takes you).


Opening with the catchy “Return to Capistrano” (whose instruments include twelve different kinds of drums from ten different countries/regions) the listener is treated to just under an hour of a musical journey all over the world. The textures and layers of each song are remarkable, and the album as a whole is phenomenal. I particularly enjoyed “Light through a Broken Stained Glass” and “Five Sides to Every Story”.


Highly recommended.



~review by Lisa Mc Sherry

Artist: Sharon West

DustyDreams Productions, 2007