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Portugal’s own A Passage to the Stars (Ricardo Trixeira Alves) just released a colossal double album entitled “Broken Dreams” in 2014. Produced on a Mac, this album is relaxing and atmospheric...

Overall this release from A Passage to the Stars is actually quite amazing. Make no bones about it – this CD took some time to craft and piece together... I found the listening experience quite refreshing, highly original and unique. It fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively. It flows extremely well song for song and note for note. Alves is a force to be reckoned with if he can incorporate some upgrades into his overall sound.




Ricardo Alves has achieved something quiet unique and singular with this release. The fourteen tracks compromising Hope certainly aren’t the first ambient release in popular music history, far from it, but Alves has managed quite nicely to compose a group of songs that seem much shorter and more condensed than their running times suggest.


9 out of 10 stars

The majority of the work has a much more complex, dramatic emotional approach that doesn’t deal in sunny skies and brighter tomorrows. Ricardo Alves has written and recorded an important work in this genre that deserves the largest possible audience.

9 out of 10 stars

...his music is a cosmic journey that elicits joy and mystery simultaneously. What is so fascinating about his album Hope is the understanding of simplicity.