The Riddle arrangements are terrific, as always. There’s a cinematic quality to what he does as an arranger and each piece feels special and broad. The sweeping strings on the title track, for instance, serve as more than welcoming beacons to the record; they allow us to become fully engrossed in the project. We become engaged with Crosby as his voice takes us to that private beach under the “velvet moon.”
The Collectors’ Choice deluxe edition of Return to Paradise Islands is a treat. Like sipping on an authentic Mai Tai from the Royal Hawaiian, this record is a delightful, lovely nod to the joy of escaping it all.