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Chris Blackford, Rubberneck, January 17, 2001

Odd-one-out in this clutch of guitar-based records is André Duchesne’s Réflexions. By concentrating entirely on unaccompanied nylon string classical guitar, the disc constitutes something of a back-to-basics exercise from a man normally working in electro-acoustic music. The style is reflective and impressionistic, romantic tracings bringing to mind far away places in France and Spain. Despite a tendency to meander, there is much to enjoy on Réflexions, and an undeniably warm and soothing pool of sound bathes the ears. The palette inevitably seems limited and the techniques orthodox in comparison to other guitarists in this batch, but such a naked approach to music-making is commendably bold.

There is much to enjoy on Réflexions.