From the hammered opening chords of the first (and title) track, you can tell this guy is different. While still hammering the chords away with his left hand, he proceeds to tap a melody with his right. If you've never heard Michael Hedges, Aerial Boundaries
is a good place to start. The acoustic wizadry never subsides on this album. He taps, pops, beats his guitar, and above all, produces great music. Also of note is bassist Michael Manring's beautiful accompaniment on several cuts, especially the haunting cover of Neil Young's After the Gold Rush
. I assume this album was classified as "New Age" because it has a flute on a couple of tracks, and it was released on the Windham Hill
label. Don't let that scare you away. It is mellow, but the compositions are powerful. Hedges is a man worth listening to, and if you fancy yourself an acoustic guitarist, his work in indispensable. Aerial Boundaries
ranks among his finest.