Babak Afshar is a perfect example of a new age composer whose albums can appeal to those who aren't big new age fans. That's because his new age/world music output not only soothes, it also stimulates. Consistently tranquil and peaceful, Color of Rain can appeal to those who simply want to unplug, unwind, and be soothed. But as calming as Afshar's music is, it isn't mindless or mind-numbing. Blending new age with elements of both Middle Eastern folk and European classical music, Afshar (who is listed is simply Babak on this CD) is substantial, interesting, and creative. Afshar helps you relax, but he doesn't force you to turn your brain off in order to appreciate him. On Color of Rain, Afshar gives us new age music with a difference.