2009 / Evzone
Review by Michael Debbage
Skaroulis’ debut Homeland was released over 13 years and since then George’s recording output has been at a prolific pace of essentially one album a year. While the vast majority of his material is superbly performed and the production always warm and tender, over the years Skaroulis’ original compositions seem to have been given a backseat. Unfortunately, as successful as Imagine is in paying tribute to important songwriters and performers in his life, the lack of original compositions continues as “The Fire Within” represents his sole original contribution to the album.
If you enjoyed 2005’s Forever Young there is no doubt you will enjoy Imagine. Those of you that continue to crave Skaroulis in a creative mood with his own compositions may hesitate as one original composition just may not suffice. If not, pull out 2006’s stellar Sanctuary or even search for his out of print earlier material. Your efforts will be richly rewarded. Nevertheless, Imagine will help fill the void while we wait for George to share his own songs.
September 9, 2009