Midclip urban percussion rattles along, cold synthesizer chords rise and breathy background vocals sigh, dominating and muting the considerable character of the duo Espirito on Peace of Mind, a disappointingly bland meeting of Shakatak keyboardist Bill Sharpe and guitarist Fridrik Karlsson. Although there are few true clunkers here (the cliche-wrought “You’re the One” and “So Cool” stand out in this area), the dominant sound is a generically sunny urban vibe that is listenable, but not distinctive. “Wonderland” is a prime example, with a welcome, funky-free keyboard solo by Sharpe fighting against the tide. Likewise, Karlsson offers smooth, stinging guitar licks and a nifty “conversation” with saxist Snake Davies on “One Time,” but the similar-mode groove dulls the effect. Two true high points hold promise for a more adventurous future, however: the title track takes flight on the motion of a peppery electronic groove, liberating Sharpe’s sweet piano hook and Davies’ propelling sax for something a little different; and “Gypsy,” with its bracing opening groove, gives Karlsson a little space to show his chops. The guitarist rolls gently through a flamenco feel, shying away from the harsher brisk sounds of a Willie & Lobo combo, but putting some much-needed sheen on the album, nevertheless.