Guitarist Magazine – 4 Stars

Planet Solitaire – World music with one foot on home turf. For listeners with eclectic tastes, Planet Solitaire offers a glimpse into the ear-bending possibilities of bringing the harp-like phrasing and polyrhythms of West African kora music to the steel-string acoustic guitar.

Strauss is a spirited player and a strong vocalist – and this new album meanders pleasantly between guitar interpretations of world-music styles and nuanced songwriting with shades of Al Stewart in tracks such as Weather Rule. Bridging the gap between pop and world music can sometimes lead to cringe-making ‘fusions’ but American-born Strauss has managed to integrate the musical traditions of far-flung continents very effectively with those of his homeland. – RG