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Crossroads

by Marc Enfroy

Darkly majestic and sweeping soundtracks, like Evanescence and Yanni wrote a film score.
Genre: Classical: Rock Opera
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1. Crossroads
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2. Toxic
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3. Your Silence Is a Razor
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4. Sepia
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5. Betrayed
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6. Fading White
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7. Dying in Degrees
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8. Shattered
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9. Shed My Skin
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10. Moonlight Obsession
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11. Fading White (Reprise)
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12. Wildfire Rising
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13. In That Moment
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14. Unbounded (Reprise)
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15. Shed My Skin (Instrumental Version)
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16. Your Silence Is a Razor (Instrumental Version)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

When he’s found himself in intersections of personal and professional turmoil, cinematic neo classical composer Marc Enfroy has turned to his music. A decade ago, it was his guiding light through the darkness of losing his sister. Now, faced with feeling creatively stifled and some personal unrest, the Michigan-based artist channels his dissonance into his music, and discovers a whole new artistic and expressive palette. Aptly, he calls his latest full-length release Crossroads.

“On this album, I let go of my perceived limitations and went for a catharsis. I wrote songs about my pain, and I wrote songs about my happiness—it was liberating,” Enfroy confides.

In a decade that spans five critically acclaimed albums, Enfroy has become a leading artist in the new age and neo classical world. His music has been described as “cinematic piano” because of its evocative nature. Enfroy’s music has a dramatic quality that puts the listener into a state of mind at the juncture of meditation, daydreaming, and being fully engaged in a movie. At the core of this immersive music is his crystalline piano, and supporting roles are delegated to orchestral strings, subtle choirs, and moony atmospherics.

Enfroy has garnered acclaim from a bevy of tastemakers in the new age world. A cross selection of plaudits include two times being nominated for Zone Music Reporter Awards’ best neo-classical album, winning best neo-classical album in the New Age Reporter Lifestyle Music Awards, and appearing on best album lists by MainlyPiano.com and NewAgeMusicWorld.com. Enfroy has also earned accolades from WAWL and KTEP Radio, ZoneMusicReporter.com, NewAgeMusicWorld.com, MainlyPiano.com, GRAMMY® winning pianist Laura Sullivan, GRAMMY® nominated new age composer Al Conti, and Billboard-charting producer/recording artist Randy Copus.

Enfroy’s career in music began when he was at a crossroads a decade ago. His sister had passed away from melanoma and he felt overwhelmed by her death, and inspired by her legacy as a creative soul. While processing these feelings, he found himself facing his mortality and questioning his own history. He took solace in composing instrumental music. It is here Enfroy discovered a gift that had been dormant since his days as a teenager playing rock n’ roll guitar. Wiser and more vulnerable, he returned to music with a renewed focus. “My motivation has been to create music that even in a small way helps somebody through complicated stages in life,” he says.

Crossroads is an intriguing entry in Enfroy’s five-album oeuvre. It’s darkly majestic with symphonic rock flourishes and contains three songs with hauntingly beautiful female vocals. The path to Crossroads began when Enfroy and his brother experimented with forming a rock band fronted by a female vocalist. As a teenager, Enfroy was an aspiring rock guitar player. Melding the energy and roiling emotionality of rock-based music, with the sophistication and introspective journey quality of his compositions, Enfroy burst through artistic boundaries and reinvigorated his creativity.

A scan of the song titles on Crossroads reveals a dramatic emotional arc. With haunting beauty the album grapples with relationship ruptures, consequence, and the fear of new beginnings. A rousing minor key melodic piano motif opens “Your Silence is a Razor” setting the scene for Aili Laine’s stirring and sensual vocals. Here she sings about the painful complexity of being iced out of an intimate connection without any channels of communication between the warring parties. The title track is a foreboding instrumental with elegantly elegiac strings. It conjures a dizzying scene of sudden and profound change where the death of the past becomes something to mourn, and the uncertainty of the future is anxiety inducing.

Crossroads also offers the comfort and centered grandeur of Enfroy’s signature aesthetic. “Sepia” lushly emotes nostalgia. “In That Moment” unfolds slowly and purposely from winsome piano melodies to soaring richly textured crescendos. The effect is transcendent. “It’s about a defining moment. A moment of passion, disbelief, and tearful joy when you suddenly realize you’ve found true love,” Enfroy shares. His stunning rendition of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata “Moonlight Obsession” offers a chance to pause for reflection. Enfroy reveals: “That composition fits within the storyline as the point where the protagonist comes to terms with the pain and realization that he has to start over. Despite it all, he feels liberated.”

Another highlight is Enfroy revisiting his most popular track on Pandora with “Unbounded Reprise.” This 2016 version features crisper production, lavish organic strings, and stretches out with a triumphant additional chorus.

Crossroads represents an artistic breakthrough for Enfroy. Contemplating the album, and the lessons it’s gifted him, Enfroy says: “The biggest thing for me has been realizing I can show all the different sides of my personality. I’ve learned it’s okay to be fearlessly vulnerable with my music.” ​

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Donovan Johnson

Reviewed by Enlightened Piano Radio
Crossroads is a 2016 recording released by pianist, musician and composer Marc Enfroy. The album also features vocalists Aili Laine, Lila Ives, and Paul Enfroy. I have a lot to say about this album, much more than I can sum up in just one review, but I'll start by saying that “Crossroads” is an honest and true musical adventure. It's is an album that is full of compositional mastery, and the writing in the pieces has clearly seen a painstaking and tedious intention behind every note and chord progression. Marc blends many different sounds to create “Crossroads,” some that are quite unconventional, and he makes it work brilliantly. Piano, strings, electric guitar, “techno style” synth pads, and vocals can all be found here. It's an incredibly diverse album as well, and “Crossroads” will have you listening to music that is energetic, meditative, and everything in between. Some of the songs are top 40 material and others are much more unique in their genre, but all of the songs share Marc Enfroy's personal signature. Definitely in my top five favorite albums of the year, “Crossroads” is refreshingly innovate and at the same time incredibly listenable.

On an album of 16 mind blowing tracks, it's difficult to choose three favorites to write about. “Your Silence Is A Razor” would have to be one of them though, as this track harnesses the freshest and most modern approach to musical songwriting I've heard in the genre to date. Aili Laine sings with seasoned passion as the music powerfully drones around her voice, and we're taken to our knees in this somewhat crushing rock ballad. The piece builds quickly, and once it does, it never stops pushing the sound at you – it demands your full attention. This is music that will not let your ears take a break until it's over, and it's absolutely magnificent.

“Fading White” is a detour from that experience, beginning with some soft synth pads and a beautiful melody, skillfully sung by vocalist Lila Ives. As the piece builds, we're introduces to violins, piano, and eventually a full drum kit and background vocals. Every song on this album has a way of building into something incredibly intense, and this song is no exception. By the time we get to the end of it we find ourselves immersed in a piece that moves in a number of directions, ebbing and flowing in intensity, and ultimately taking us through the rafters with musical emotion. It's clear that Marc is taking no shortcuts in having prepared an album that is the highest quality product. The vocals are simply amazing, and the recording itself is beyond effective in delivering a musical experience that is breathtakingly memorable.

“Wildfire Rising” begins like a piece from a motion picture soundtrack. Piano and ambient pads, with some light violin work open the song. Before long, the music explodes into something completely different, combining heavy distorted guitar and world music elements. Ambient vocals, piano, bass and drums lead the listener into a blazing wildfire of sound and expression, and there's no backing away from it. There's a really nice build up in this piece about three quarters of the way through, at which time everything dies down momentarily, leaving only the piano and violin parts. From there the music builds again, guiding the listener to a tense and eruptive ending. The combination of world music elements and rock feel would probably make “Wildfire Riding” my favorite track on the album.

“Crossroads,” frankly, is not for the faint of heart. This is not a recording to relax and listen to. It's an incredibly complex collection of songs that do much more than simply engage the listener. These tracks command you to go out of your way, to enmesh yourself in the experiences and the stories that this album attempts to tell. It's aggressive, dominating, invigorating and exhilarating all at the same time. This is music with complete and total intention behind every single track, start to finish, and it's the kind of album that is a rarity in any genre of music. After all, even the strongest of composers don't create genius works all of the time. I give “Crossroads” my highest recommendation, and I think anyone and everyone should give it a listen. There's something for absolutely everyone to take from this brilliant recording, and I give it ten stars out of five. Well done “Crossroads” team!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Crossroads" is the fifth album from pianist/composer/multi-instrumentalist Marc Enfroy and is by far his most dramatic music yet! Like his 2008 debut album, "Unbounded," the inspiration for "Crossroads" emerged from tragedy and turmoil in the artist’s life and a need to express those emotions and work through them. To say that the music on "Crossroads" is intense and powerful is an enormous understatement! It is impossible to categorize this album into one genre, as Enfroy combines strong elements of rock, classical, cinematic, prog rock, and pop vocals to the point where all of those lines are completely blurred (LOVE IT!!!). It is an unfortunate truth that often an artist’s greatest work arises from life’s most challenging and painful experiences, and that seems to be the case here. You can’t fake the emotions expressed in this music. Although each of the songs is a complete entity, the album should be listened to from start to finish to experience the intensity of the whole story. I can guarantee "Crossroads" will be on my list of Favorites for the year!

The production quality of "Crossroads" is exceptional, thanks in large part to the mixing and mastering genius of Corin Nelsen. Three songs feature poetic lyrics by Paul Enfroy sung by Aili Lane and Lila Ives - both powerhouse vocalists. Marc Enfroy performs on piano, virtual instruments, and rhythm guitar. Several tracks also feature Jan Sullins on violin, Sarah Cleveland on cello, and Ken Taylor on lead and rhythm guitar. The sixteen tracks include instrumental versions of the three vocal tracks and a new version of the title track from "Unbounded," Enfroy’s most popular piece on Pandora.

"Crossroads" opens with the title track, a piece that expresses turmoil, confusion, and despair. It begins as a piano solo, but quickly builds to full symphonic intensity, ending abruptly. “Toxic” swirls with a dark magic that envelops the listener in mystery and something evil and dangerous. If you aren’t completely hooked yet, “Your Silence Is a Razor” should do the trick. Aili Laine’s powerful vocals express the agony of being shut out of a relationship gone bad. The lyrics pack an emotional wallop, so be sure to check them out in the liner notes. While achingly beautiful, “Sepia” gives the listener a chance to catch his or her breath. Piano, cello, violin and wordless vocals express sadness, but is more pensive. “Fading White” is the second vocal piece, this time with Lila Ives in the lead, pouring out the emotions of a broken heart and dreams destroyed. “Shed My Skin” is perhaps the most dramatic piece on the album. The lyrics are incredible and Lila Ives’ voice has the passion and power required to fully express them. Strong symphonic and rock influences make it a stand-out. After the swirling emotions of that song comes Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” played as a (digital) piano solo, renamed “Moonlight Obsession” - a cooling breath of fresh air! In total contrast to that is “Wildfire Rising,” a cello/piano/rock guitar tour de force that will again leave you breathless. “In That Moment” brings us to the turning point where decisions are made and the turbulence starts calming. The new version of “Unbounded” expresses relief and of moving forward. Wow! What a ride!

As sorry as I am that Marc Enfroy had to endure such a difficult time in his life, he has taken that experience and created a masterpiece in "Crossroads." This is one of those albums that quickly becomes addicting. I give it my highest recommendation!
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapesradio.com
From the realm of cinematic neoclassical music comes “Crossroads”, a dramatic and moving album spanning seventy minutes from composer Marc Enfroy. Largely inspired by personal loss and tragedy, the sixteen compositions herein are mainly characterized by symphonic orchestration that often showcases lead piano and string instrument melodies, with guest vocalists appearing on a few of the tracks.

The title piece opens with melancholic piano followed by a swell of shimmering strings amidst washes of vocal choirs. The majestic display of luxurious orchestration continues into “Toxic”, a somewhat dark and dramatic composition that weaves certain electronic elements into the symphonic arrangement. This sweeping and cinematic piece is characterized by minor-key piano amidst robust and riveting orchestration that would seem fitting in a dramatic period film, perhaps as one solitarily makes their way through a harsh snowstorm on a cold winter’s eve. Following next is “Your Silence is a Razor”, which features vocals by Aili Laine. This composition is one of three symphonic pop-rock power ballads on the album, with Lila Ives lending her voice to the other two – “Fading White” and “Shed my Skin”. The gentler instrumental, “Sepia”, is a particularly lovely composition of a more contemplative nature that opens with delicate piano and cello, followed by wordless ethereal vocals amidst an elegant orchestral arrangement. It is followed by “Betrayed”, a brief but enchanting interlude-like piece that’s characterized by a pensive piano motif throughout. Combined with a beautiful build-up of strings and thunderous symphony, this piece elicits the notion of running frantically towards somewhere or something, as it escalates into a beautiful bewilderment before concluding abruptly. The poignantly edgy “Dying in Degrees” could be described as ‘neoclassical electronica’, and is easily my favorite piece on the album. Beginning with stirring strings and piano, the composition unfolds into a mesmerizing display of minor chords and lead string instruments which sleekly offset a driving electronic beat. As if having travelled back in time, the piece conveys the mystery and allure of a masked ball. The forlorn yet strangely comforting “Shattered” is a notable neoclassical composition which seems to express an outpouring of grief and distress. Its galloping piano melody is joined by an arrangement of strings that gradually build up to a crescendo before evaporating into thin air. I’m also especially fond of “Moonlight Obsession”, a caressingly nocturnal solo-piano piece that brings to mind a moonlit night while a gentle breeze blows in through an open window. “In that Moment” is another one of my favorites which begins with sparse piano. It is accompanied throughout by another piano riff in an echoing high register, along with gossamer strings and a thundering muffled drumbeat that moves along at a marching pace. Rounding things out is “Your Silence is a Razor (instrumental version)”, with the other two vocal pieces also finding their instrumental counterparts on the album.

Often imbued with a dark enchantment, “Crossroads” is a highly epic and visually stimulating experience of dramatically contrasting highs and lows. Stylistically, comparisons may be drawn to Kevin Keller, Evanescence and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but with a thematically tragic guise akin to Phantom of the Opera. This album’s sweeping and cinematic orchestration combined with its dynamic rock flair makes for an overall magnificent and emotionally-stirring adventure!
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Steve Sheppard

Review from OneWorldMusic.co.uk
I have known of the music of Marc Enfroy for a few years now and his fluency as a performer is quite breath taking, here on his latest release we can see that fluency take a further step into the grand scheme of musical genius, through the eyes of the latest release called Crossroads.
The title track, so grand and imposing, starts our journey with Marc Enfroy. Speaking from the perspective of one who has arrived at the crossroads of life on many occasions, I would say that the sense of the dramatic created here by Enfroy, is absolutely spot on and that fluency is so charming to enjoy.
The mixture of positive and negative on this album is fascinating, it is almost like a duel of the emotions is taking place and on Toxic we can hear a sample of that dualistic musical challenge. This is a well-crafted and dark composition that seems to shift its balance and recreate itself, in an almost nightmare world of confusion, but the piano is the tether to keep us safe along this healing journey of sorts. Listen to the strings here; they add a very clever level to the arrangement.
There is something so poignant about this piece, it is called Your Silence is Like a Razor, featuring the amazing talents of vocalist Aili Laine. I had to listen to this track three times in a row, not because there was something I wanted to hear again, but because I completely fell in love with the song and it’s just gone onto the playlist for my next Friday Rock show, powerful, imposing, emotive dramatic and utterly brilliant, my favourite off the album.
The quietness of Sepia is upon us, the corner of the room is covered with dusty relics of old photographs that haven’t been touched by human hands for many years and still retain the original energy of the day. Again the strings here were sublime, the gentle ageless piano the narrator, and the harmonic vocals depicting time, the ever disappearing sands of one’s life, a song with an emotional plea of not to forget, but be grateful of good times had.
The shortest piece off the album at just under two minutes is the up-tempo Betrayed, this is an arrangement that almost represents the fast paced beat of our hearts when we have found out something, we really didn’t want to believe was true.
We move smoothly into a composition called Fading White, it’s almost like we have just woken and found ourselves in a strange and unknown environment, Enfroy employs the skills of Lila Ives, and thus manifests a beautifully passionate power ballad, that has such an emotive structure to its arrangement it is undeniably stunning.
The dark shroud returns with the haunting Dying in Degrees, the production here is sublime, the manifestation of something so deep, yet addictive to listen to is brilliant and with a careful hand moves us smoothly into the next piece called Shattered. The repeating motif is joined by lush strings that give us a feeling of despair, that moment, when you let go and cannot carry on, but even at this dark point, that too can be cathartic.
That sense of healing begins to kick in with this piece called Shed My Skin, Lia Ives returns and rocks us with a little gem of a song that will lift the spirits and raise our energies, to allow us to believe that if we want, anything is possible, but sometimes, we have to shed our skin and start again.
The familiar tones of Moonlight Obsession greet my ears and I am transported towards the realm of Beethoven, there has always been something so magical about this classical piece and it endears itself so well to the whole album. Enfroy has taken this track and given it a certain shadow, a certain peacefulness, his performance is one of great panache and of course that, oh so ever present fluency.
At six minutes and 42 seconds, Fading White Reprise is the longest track on our journey dear reader and listener. Take some time to listen to all the little nuances here, they’re quite beautiful. Enfroy’s piano takes centre stage and he delivers a composition worthy of a master of the grand sound scape. This is an arrangement that screams film soundtrack, the symphonic back drop is so cultured and graceful, just before the four minute mark, it edges into Elton John territory, and I believe if it had gone on for several minutes more, we may have had a track similar to Elton’s Funeral for a Friend.
As we edge carefully towards the end of the album, we come across a complete diamond of a composition that reminds me in parts of rock band Nightwish, this one is called, Wildfire Rising. This is one driven arrangement that has some purposeful guitar and vocals to add a dimension of symphonic genius to the composition.
The caressing tones of In That Moment, almost ambient in its early beginnings, creates a really luscious back drop of keyboards and piano that seems to hover all around us, creating a warm, yet slightly nervous energy, as Enfroy builds an amazing level of anticipation, layer upon layer on this track and manifests a moment so magical, you will never want the song to end.
Unbound Reprise is a superb way for us to enjoy the ending of a journey, one that I have personally adored; this gentle and very honest composition smoothly builds and progresses into an undeniable passion filled bed of crescendos. If there is any justice in the world, this track should be used to end a movie as the credits roll, and sums up the whole project beautifully.
There are two bonus tracks as well, a gift from the artist before you leave, both are instrumentals of the rock offerings of Shed My Skin and Your Silence is a Razor. Marc Enfroy has pulled his rock background forward, added a whole host of other styles and genres and brought into the world one of the most exciting albums of the year, on Crossroads there is literally something for everyone, the experience of sadness and grief, loves labours won and lost, passion, power, hope and harmony, it really doesn’t get any better than this, I would urge making this a must in your musical collection as a very high priority.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
This album was a revelation to me - a revelation about the extraordinary talents of Marc Enfroy as a composer, arranger, instrumentalist, and musical storyteller. The detail he has put into every song has to be heard to be believed. “Crossroads” is an epic production on every level. Marc’s love of film scores is evident in his cinematic compositions with neo-classical and symphonic rock influences. All the various facets of Marc’s musical spectrum are beautifully reflected.

On the title track, Marc’s powerfully evocative piano playing and dramatic keyboard orchestration is accompanied by the soulful violin of Jan Sullins, who plays on many of tracks throughout the album. Along with Marc’s piano and keyboards on track 3, this song introduces some new elements not heard thus far, namely the alternately sultry and soaring female vocals of Aili Laine and the rock guitar of Ken Taylor. The combination of all these parts and the way they told a story, at times brought to mind Pink Floyd on this truly monumental composition. Another track called “Shed my Skin” definitely brings the rock, featuring the powerhouse vocals of Lila Ives along with electric guitar, bass, piano, and rich keyboard orchestration. Following the immensity of that song is the album’s lone solo piano composition, “Moonlight Obsession” which is Marc’s rendition of Beethoven's “Moonlight Sonata” It was an interesting contrast to hear this completely different facet of Marc’s playing which reflected his classical music influence.

Marc has done an incredible job of channeling the challenges and inner conflicts he has experienced and turning them into works of sheer artistry. I was inspired and impressed with this album and am happy to help get the word out about it. The fact that it debuted at #4 on the prestigious Billboard New Age Chart is an indication that I’m not the only one who feels this way.


To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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