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    1. Hotel
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    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Once a roving maverick who skipped from euphoric rave to speed-metal to ambient soundscaping as if just to prove he could, recent years have seen Richard Melville Hall relax into a comfortable--and yes, lucrative--niche. On the surface, Hotel follows a similarly laid-back trajectory to his last two albums, Play and 18; melancholic torch-songs indebted to electro-pop, gospel, and David Bowie's "Heroes." That vibe is typified on Hotel by the rousing, keyboard-drenched likes of "Beautiful" and the twinkling, optimistic "Spiders," but that's not to say Moby is stagnating, exactly. For one, he's bravely jettisoned the vocal samples that powered the likes of "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" and relies instead on his own understated, faintly awestruck vocals--and, indeed,those of guest vocalist Laura Dawn, whose sparse, synth-and-drum-machine cover of New Order's "Temptation" is a low-key highlight. But there's also a return to his raving roots on the pulsing, diva-led "Very," and a touch of politics on "Lift Me Up"--a song that hides its contempt for the Bush Administration amid a dark carnival of sweeping strings and disco-noir rhythms. --Louis Pattison ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars nothing ventured nothing gained
    Moby came out with Play in 1999 and it was a dud. Then six months later it was like a tidal wave. People were digging it all over. When I went to London in 2000, I saw Moby posters up all over. It was one of the biggest records of the time. It was big enough that Eminem attacked him that year. Moby started hanging out with Bowie and became an international rock star. That was weird because all I remember was some samples of some Delta Blues records. His next record 18 was a real dud. Even the single "Stars" that was tacked on afterwards didn't help it at all. That was okay because Moby was an artist who put out a lot of different records. Now it's six years later and Moby is a very different cat. The first two songs "Raining Again" and "Beautiful" are great tracks. These are almost standard rock songs with Moby's vocals. There are a few guest vocals. Some of these songs sound like demos. Moby's voice starts to wear thin. What is he singing about again? Why should I care? It's like Moby did a very introspective album, but didn't find anything interesting to talk about, but was too unaware to know any better. Moby is just yanking our chain.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not his best
    The sounds of "Hotel" are simply not as thumping and exciting as anything on "Play," nor are they as sinuous and insightful as anything from "18." "Hotel" sounds less like the progress of a maturing artist than a half-hearted collection of songs that Moby may not have released except for increasing pressure to come out with something new.

    "Hotel" lacks the ragged edges of Moby's earlier works and almost comes off as a prepackaged group of sounds to be chopped up and placed in Volkswagen commercials. It's still pleasant to listen to, but it doesn't have the "gotta start the whole CD over again" grab that "Play," and, to a lesser degree, "18" have.

    If you are new to Moby, stick with the classics. If you want to listen to some decent but not groundbreaking dance tracks and a couple of moody makeout songs, go ahead and get "Hotel."

    4-0 out of 5 stars A mix of genres
    This is the first album of Moby I bought, and I am surprised. I didn't expct 'real' songs. I mean, songs without this order: couplet-chorus-couplet-chorus-bridge-chorus. But most tracks are 'real' songs! I also expected dance and trance, but this album has many rock and many slow songs. The songs are more simple then I expected. I heard Moby was a music genius so I decided to buy this album and I hoped to hear something new. Well, I dind't. But in the end I was happy with this album because the songs are good. It fits in my CD collection and I will also buy Moby's other abums.

    The album has 12 tracks and an intro and an outro. However, my CD has 2 outro's, while on the backside of the CD it says 14 tracks. A fault or was it meant to be a surprise? Anyway, let's continue. The first half of the album has many rock songs and the second half has many ballads. Moby hasen't got a great voice but somehow it seems to match the songs. Laura Dawn sings with him sometimes. She also has a whole song she she alone, Temptation. It's called Temptation and it sounds very quietly. It calms you down. Lift Me Up stays in your head with it's simple chorus, repeatig 'lift me up' all the time.

    Raining Again, Beautiful and Spiders are all simple rock songs but they are all very different. Moby has got a good voice for rock. You want to sing the songs when you hear them. The melodies are good. The lyrics are simple, but not that bad they ruin the song. Track 9 is a gay track. Laura sings very high and if you are straight you will hate this song, just like me. It really sucks. Forever has a special effect. Moby's voice is low but the background melody is high. It gives a mysterious, good effect. I Like it is the best track of the album. With some sexy sounds and Moby's and Laura's voice it sounds very orginal. Dream About me really is a dreaming song. If you hear it you think about the paradise. It has a classic melody.

    I could also review the other songs, but thrust me: Buy this album. If you don't like one half you could always like the other. The music is a mix of diffrent genres. You will love each song at least a bit. The intro's sound mysterious and are a perfect way to open and end the album. Moby did a good job.

    4-0 out of 5 stars one for the day, the other for night
    This review is for the 2 disc version 1) vocal2) ambient.

    Disc one is great for the day time with the exception of a few clunkers [New Order tune].But it also has some real winners [Lift Me Up].

    Disc two is just perfect for the night... excellent ambient music to help you wind down from a tough day at work or a wild night out.Perfect as the last disc of the day, as you doze off.My favorite of the two discs.

    Pick your favorites from disc one and add them to your shuffle.Leave disc two by the bedside for deep relaxation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I live the how he split the music into 2 CDs
    I got my "hotel" from amazon last week.

    Been listening too both CDs equally. I would give this album 4 stars, it is not quite as good as his past two albums, but I added a star for splitting the CDs into two. He put his relaxing music on a disc labeled "Hotel:Ambient" and his faster paced vocal/music on a CD simply labeled "Hotel". So now when I studying or trying to relax, I put in the Hotel:Ambient CD. When I'm driving or working, I put in the Hotel CD. I appreciate him thinking about how his fans would listen to his music, and both of them help me get through my day.

    Thanks Moby. ... Read more

    2. Grace
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    With countless hits and sold-out concerts to his credit it was a safe bet that Jim Brickman's latest would be great - and, it is.Described by the gifted. Brickman himself as "a selection of songs that soothe the spirit and nurture the soul," Grace is a beautiful collage of uplifting songs that represent and speak to different faiths.

    Baritone Mario Frangoulis (heard during one of Brickman's recent concert tours) offers a lyrical adaptation of "Ave Maria" that is sure to touch hearts, while Brickman himself soars with an interpretation of the Hebrew prayer Ayn Kaylohenu.

    Michael Bolton's powerful rendition of Brickman's original composition "Hear Me" is incredibly moving.The voice of singer/songwriter Ginny Owens brings new meaning to the beloved "Amazing Grace."

    All in all Grace is bound to be another chart-topper for Brickman, and a warm, positive, enriching listen for all.

    - Gail Cooke

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
    this is absolutely one of the best cd's i've purchased.
    the music is so healing and inspirational that i could listen to it the whole day. this is music for my ears and absolutely feel good. i highly recommend this to every jim brickman fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Gem!
    Jim Brickman is one pianist that sets himself apart from all other pianists by somehow creating music that clearly defines that it is he at the keyboards.The only other pianists that I feel do that are Ronnie Aldrich, Andre Previn and believe it or not, Floyd Kramer.This particular CD cannot be considered his best because in my opinion they are all his best and this is certainly no exception.It is very soothing music.I would highly recommend it to anyone who like Jim Brickman or fine music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jim's Best to Date
    "Hear Me" is amazing--his best song ever.The whole album is great.Even if you thought you don't like hymns--as many of these songs are--Jim's renditions are so original they take on a whole new vitality.It's no accident these songs have lasted (in some cases) hundreds of years--they have a timeless ability to inspire.As apparently, does Jim.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great album.... bad technology
    I have always enjoyed Jim Brickman's piano arrangments.I was not swayed in the least that these were spiritual and religious songs.

    The reason this gets four stars instead of five is because of the copy protection technology.There are WMAs embedded with digital rights management on the data portion of the disc.You can transfer those onto your portable device.

    However, I am almost reluctant to report that I was able to create perfect MP3s using my audio ripping program (Exact Audio Copy).No Sharpie marker required. ... Read more

    3. Simple Things
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful album, but too similar to AIR for 5 Stars
    I first heard of Zero 7 when I saw their video, "Destiny." I have to admit that they first time I saw it I immediately thought that it was a new AIR song, so I was surprised to see a different name at the end. I just bought this album two days ago and don't regret it. I will say that they are HEAVILY influenced by AIR, which is a fabulous electronic band from France. Zero 7 almost sounds TOO much like them, which is why I couldn't give this album 5 stars. However, their sound is different because of the volcalists. There is a male vocalist as well as Sia for many of the songs. Sia has an angelic yet haunting voice that adds to the mellow and hypnotic sounds of "Destiny" and others. Electronic music is such a general term, since there are so many genres within it. I would recommend this album to anyone who has enjoyed AIR's Moon Safari. (although I still believe that Moon Safari is much more innovative and original than Simple Things).

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best of 2001...
    Simple Things, the first LP by British programming duo Zero 7 is one of the most imminently listenable albums to come along in a very long while. The whole album is layered with downtempo, almost ethereal beats that will undoubtedly take the edge off any migraine until you're awash in a sea of contentment. Zero 7 (aka Henry Binns & Sam Hardaker) say that the true joy of their music comes from the talented core of guest vocalists found on their debut album. This statement proves true as these vocalists bring out the amazing beauty of this disc. Among the standout tracks on the album is the sultry 'Distractions,' a sensual collaboration with Sia Furler, which feels just as at home in a smoky jazz bar as it does at a candle-lit bedside. Other great tracks include 'I Have Seen,' featuring male vocalist Mozez and the beautiful bonus track 'Spinning,' featuring Sophie Barker. Simple Things is more than just electronic music... it is music that creates a most beautiful atmosphere.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Unoriginal and Uninspiring
    Am I the only one who sees that this Emperor has no clothes?! No new clothes, at least. This drippy cd rehashes every uninspired a.m. radio-soft-jazz tune you ever heard.

    And people are saying the female vocalists recall Portishead?! What the fuzzy?!! The 2 singers are 0h-So-Pleasant, and Beth Gibbons' voice is nothing if not relating displeasing emotions!

    Please, check out some real downtempo, sonic-texture artists like Airlock, Crustation or Thunderball. These artists throw in jazz, samples, djs and guest vocalists, too, while maintaining an experimental edge to create melodies you never thought you'd hear, much less heard before!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing Simple About This Album...
    ...Except for the fact it is Simply Amazing! Its difficult to even describe the style of music at hand here - chill-out, lounge, trance, with traces of jazz, classical, and pop music throughout. Zero 7 takes you from porno music to polished, sultry and sinful to sweet and smooth within tracks and within the album. No matter what kind of music you listen to, "Simple Things" will surely relax your mind and your soul as you just take in all of the delicate yet complex songs arranged.

    There are a number of styles explored on the album, which can be categorized in two large subdivisons - with vocals and with out. The vocal songs mainly feature male singer Mozez who stars on the albums opening disco-lounge track "I Have Seen", the absolutely amazingingly mysterious title track, and the sultry ballad "This World".

    The two female vocalists are quite similar sounding, as noted on the stunningly addictive "Destiny" where they share lead vocals. The sound of Sia Furler and Sophia Barker's voices is accented softly with both a British sound, and almost a southern twang, but no worries their voices are like liquid on all the songs they sing. Furler returns on one of my fave tracks on the album "Distractions" a sweet love-ish ballad, while Barker is given the slightly weaker "In The Waiting Line" which shows the difference in the two girls voices as they are back to back, although Barker recuperates on the closing track "Spinning".

    Within the non-vocal tracks the guys that make up our beloved band in question experiment with 1970's synthesized porno beats and keyboard sounds, mixed with smooth bass, acoustic guitars, and elegant strings, and of course that "air" sound that has led them to be labelled as "british air". But if that doesn't sound appealing trust me it is - I'm not a fan of music with out vocals but this album wouldn't be complete without Zero 7's delves into the instrumental and vocal-track worlds. Of course there are a few exceptions to the general sounds they use, including the Semi-lyrical African masterpiece "likufanele" sung by the Philanai Mothers and mixed over a xylophone (i think) driven sound. Another exception is the track afterwards, "End Theme" which is rightfully titled as it sounds very much like a song you'd find in a movie score. A beautiful and energetic, almost regal arrangement of strings is what you'll find here, and is another one of my faves on the album for its uniqueness alone, I'm proud of the guys for taking a chance and putting this song on the album.

    The best thing I can say to you at this point is to definitely buy this album, if just to give it a listen, because after hearing the opening strains of "I Have Seen", the vocals of Furler and Barker, or the smooth tones of any of the instrumental tracks you will be so hooked on this album! Its great to play as background music during a dinner with friends, or when you are stressed and enjoying a drink after work, or even just to play in the car - works well for rainy or sunny days. I suppose the most amazing part of it is how simple the songs appear at first glimpse - but when examining the layers and the beauty in each track, you'll begin to realize your feelings for this album are anything BUT simple.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Musical sedative (in a good way)
    I won't lie here: I origianlly came into contact with this music because i was looking through one of my friend's music collection on Itunes and thought the name Zero 7 sounded interesting. I know it's a bad way to choose, but the guy had good taste and too many artists to go through them all. So I listened to it and it took me less than 10 mins to get hooked on everything written by this group. I loaded it on my player and took on Spring Break to ski- and literally the entire time this is what was playing. I don't do that often. I listen to a lot of different music and rarely listen to the same thing non-stop for more than a day. I just don't know what to say. This music is addictive. The melodies/harmonies are so relaxing. They just make you want to sit there and contemplate life. ... Read more

    4. Paint the Sky with Stars:The Best of Enya
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    New Age diva Enya first became widely known when her 1988 album Watermark sold 4 million copies and launched the single "Orinoco Flow." Her follow-up, Shepherd Moons, was even more successful, selling over 10 million copies despite its slightly lower grade of ethereal enchantment. In 1997 she released Paint the Sky with Stars, an assortment of her best work from these two early albums plus gems from 1995's The Memory of Trees and the soundtrack to the BBC series The Celts. The most melodic and atmospheric examples of Enya's lovely Celtic-flavored songwriting shine on this disc. Those unfamiliar with the former Clannad member will find charm in such sweet lullabies as "Marble Halls" and "China Roses" while delighting in the more energetic "Book of Days," "Storms in Africa," and "Caribbean Blue." Overall, an outstanding collection from an artist who gives New Age a good name. --Karen Karleski ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Simply Inspirational Collection Of Songs
    I'm telling you, this CD is just SO GOOD! Enya is a wonderful new-age musician in my books. The best thing about this album is the fact that it comprises all of her best tracks from her previous albums, plus new singles like "Only If..." and "Paint the Sky wth Stars" which show that she is no less a great instrumentalist and vocalist as she was before. There are many likeable points about this CD, especially because it really gives you the mood of experiencing a musical journey as you go through different atmospheres with each single. It's truly magical: From sailing on the Orinoco and the blue Caribbean, you enter a Book of Days where Anywhere Is anything you want it to be, and where your consideration of "Only If..." speaks of opportunities you'd never come across in common life. Then you take a trip in history to recap the melodious beauties of the Celts, who rest by the lullaby of beautiful China Roses and as they stare at Shepherd Moons. Next, your journey takes a tribal turn and follows the power of Ebudae, where you get to hear the scary yet charming tunes of the Storms in Africa. Your journey then calms down and rests in peaceful Watermark, where the swipes of music's magical brush Paint the Sky with Stars. And as you take your last steps through the polished walls of Marble Halls, you finally get to be On Your Way Home, where you bear in mind The Memory of Trees. At the end of your listening adventure, you recall the reign of Baodicea, the Celtic King, before your journey through this powerful album comes to a solemn end. Listen to this album, it's really WONDERFUL! Even if it's your first time on new-age music, this CD will definitely make you much more versatile to the various genres of this inspirational form of music. Hope you enjoy this marvellous journey! Bon voyage!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Simply Magically Lustful Collection of Inspirational Songs
    I'm telling you, this CD is just SO GOOD! Enya is a wonderful new-age musician in my books. The best thing about this album is the fact that it comprises all of her best tracks from her previous albums, plus new singles like "Only If..." and "Paint the Sky wth Stars" which show that she is no less a great instrumentalist and vocalist as she was before. There are many likeable points about this CD, especially because it really gives you the mood of experiencing a musical journey as you go through different atmospheres with each single. It's truly magical: From sailing on the Orinoco and the blue Caribbean, you enter a Book of Days where Anywhere Is anything you want it to be, and where your consideration of "Only If..." speaks of opportunities you'd never come across in common life. Then you take a trip in history to recap the melodious beauties of the Celts, who rest by the lullaby of beautiful China Roses and as they stare at Shepherd Moons. Next, your journey takes a tribal turn and follows the power of Ebudae, where you get to hear the scary yet charming tunes of the Storms in Africa. Your journey then calms down and rests in peaceful Watermark, where the swipes of music's magical brush Paint the Sky with Stars. And as you take your last steps through the polished walls of Marble Halls, you finally get to be On Your Way Home, where you bear in mind The Memory of Trees. At the end of your listening adventure, you recall the reign of Baodicea, the Celtic King, before your journey through this powerful album comes to a solemn end. Listen to this album, it's really WONDERFUL! Even if it's your first time on new-age music, this CD will definitely make you much more versatile to the various genres of this inspirational form of music. Hope you enjoy this marvellous journey! Bon voyage!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enya. I love you...
    When I first saw/listened to an Enya video (Orinocco Flow) on television back in the early 90's/late 80's - I thought she was... ...nice... ...but a wee bit...whacked. Or tootie-fruitie. Or whatever. With all the "...hoo! hee! ooh! ahh! oh! hoo! ahh! ee! oh! hoo!, etc." lyrics...

    Then, a few years later, over a period of several months, a mildly crazed girl friend force-fed Enya (...and 90's country music) down my gullet. Whether I dang wanted to hear it or not. Well...after an extended amount of time of this force-feed diet...I...began Enya. In fact, I became mesmerized especially by "Watermark" and "Storms over Africa"? of her other songs.

    That was about 10 years ago... and it's year 2004 now. And except for a rare occasion here and there - I have not listened to any Enya music at all. However. After wandering about and subsequently stumbling onto Enya on the site here over the past week or two - I found myself nigh brought to my knees in tears over the wondrous beauty of this fair maiden's music. It is SO BEAUTIFUL...! And relaxing! And hypnotic, and just plain...good for you...! It makes you feel good about yourself...and life...and just...Everything! (sigh...).

    Anyway, also - the site here confirmed my delighted suspicion that one of Enya's Lovely songs ("Book of Days") is the theme song for the "Out of Ireland" television program, broadcast on Public Television. (That I recently discovered a few months ago).

    So, as I find myself having been somehow guided back to Enya, on this here Amazon site, I am just thinking...that I may end up owning... a whole collection... of Enya tapes.

    My mildly...enthusiastic former girlfriend (who I am still friends with) done good...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks For The Introduction To Mehdi
    I've always enjoyed Enya and this album is no exception, but while reading some of the customer recommendations posted on this page I discovered an artist by the name of Mehdi (pronounced meddie). After some investigation I found his site (SoothingMusic.Com) and listened to the samples...I was instantly blown away by the quality of this music and so I gave it a try and now that I have listened to his CDs several times I really must say that although I'm still a Enya fan I find Mehdi to be a tad more interesting. I have them both in my multi-disc CD player and love the way they compliment each other. I highly recommend that you give this artist a try or atleast just go listen to the samples, I have a feeling you'll be glad you did.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enya is NOT a singles artist.
    Trying to review a "Best Of" from Enya is a very difficult assignment. A rarity among popular artists, Enya takes years at a time to perfect and polish her recordings until she decides they are ready, then releases the individual albums as stand alone pieces of work. That an occasional song breaks free and becomes popular is coincidental to the overall scheme of her music. While I must admit that "Orinoco Flow" drove me into a shivering bliss that first time I heard it on the radio, as soon as I got a copy of "Watermark," it was easy to tell that this woman was an artist as perfectionist.

    From that point on, I have eagerly awaited the next CD to complete its gestation and land in my disc player. So how does one regard the piecemeal way her first four albums are divided into a "Best Of" collection? Fortunately, Enya has a way with melody, so the songs per se are often memorable outside of context. Much like Enigma, Alan Parsons or Pink Floyd, sometimes a little swath of the album is still enough to convey the consistency of mood, and Enya is of the stature of those equally creative minds.

    In short, I have no trouble recommending "Paint The Sky With Stars" to the curious, although my first recommendation would still be to purchase the classic "Watermark" first. But if all you really need is the pleasantries of Enya to put some tranquility in your day, this "Best Of" set will do nicely. ... Read more

    5. Enigma - Love Sensuality Devotion: The Greatest Hits
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    A greatest-hits package sampling four Enigma discs released between 1990 and 2000, LSD splendidly documents the influential output of Michael Cretu, a techno-bohemian who successfully creates cinematic, otherworldly New Age-like musical suites. Now, more than a decade removed from the arrival of Sadeness (Part 1) and its eyebrow-raising mix of sacred and sensual subplots, people can debate whether Cretu's music represents savvy commercial calculation or satisfying art. LSD suggests a split decision, though tracks with intriguing blends of atmosphere and rhythm, such as "Gravity of Love," "T.N.T. for the Brain" and "Morphing Thru Time," reveal an inventiveness that demonstrates Cretu is capable of more than sophisticated novelty tunes. Two new songs, neither especially noteworthy, open this package. Meanwhile, remastered older tracks segue beautifully to exude a satisfying, seamless unity. Big bonus: run time exceeds 76 minutes. --Terry Wood ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars to jerry fry. advice
    When Enigma started to sound in Spain I must say I didn't like at all. I hated Sadeness. Now is one of my favourite songs in the history of music. I started apreciating 1 or 2 years later listening to my dad's CD. I rate 4 out from 5 cos there are some changes I would do in the best songs album. As I've read from you, jerry, the 2 songs you like are instrumental and more or less soft, relaxing. 1st cd, MCMXCa.c. has 2 "strong" songs (Principles of lust, which contains Sadeness and Find love, and Mea culpa), 1 intro as every Enigma cd, 3 more relaxing (Callas went away, Knockin on forbidden doors and Rivers of belief) and the other one is like an intro (The voice and the snake).
    2nd one, Cross of changes is, perhaps, stronger (Return to innocence, I love you...I'll kill you-which I love-, Silent warrior, Age of loneliness and Out of the deep). There is one long instrumental (Eyes of truth) and 2 short "melodics" (Dream of the dolphin and the cd closing Cross of changes).
    3rd, Le roi et mort, vive le roi (King is dead, Life for the King in french). More calm songs (Morphin thru time, Shadows in silence, Almost full moon and Odyssey of the mind), and 3 stronger (Why, TNT for the brain and Roundabout). The other 3 are relaxin I think (the single Beyond the invisible, Child in us and Prism of life).
    Finally, The screen behind the mirror: 5 strongs (Push the limits, Gravity of love, Modern crusaders, Camera obscura and Silence must be heard). 5 relaxin (Traces, Screen behind the mirror, Endless quest, Between heart and mind and my favourite Smell of desire).
    I think four of them are very similar in that way, maybe second is the strongest and could be worse for you. Try with 1st or 3rd, but if you have the oportunity make yourself a mix with the calmest songs I recomend you: Callas went away, Knockin on forbidden doors, Rivers of belief, Beyond the invisible, Shadows in silence, Almost full moon, Traces, Between mind and heart and Smell of desire. Take into account that there are not breaks between songs in the cd's if you want to mix them. It seems me a bit unfair not to include my 2 favourite songs: Principles of lust (12 minutes) and I love you...I'll kill you (9 minutes). They mix strong and calm passages.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning and enchanting
    I'm a huge Enigma fan. I find Enigma's music soothing and comforting to relax too. Although I own all four of their albums, I wanted to buy their greatest hits especially after hearing one of their new songs "Turn Around". I believe that "The Landing" and "Turn Around" are the two new tracks on the cd, or never been released. I particularly dug "Turn Around", such a breath-taking epic. "The Landing" made for a good opening track to lead the listener into this enchanting album. All the well-known tracks on this cd is found such as "Sadeness" and "Return to Innocence". My personal favorite songs were included on this cd such as "Gravity of Love", "Mea Culpa", "Beyond the Invisible", and "Morphing Thru Time". Over 70 minutes long, I was not disappointed in this cd. This cd is great for casual listeners interested in hearing only Enigma's more familiar songs. Definitely one of the best greatest hits compilations ever to be released in my honest opinion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars stunning
    a highly adventurous and pioneering success of a collection.

    Enigma has always deftly combined a mind expanding and enlightening sound with a pop sensibility - not such an easy task.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ALL ENIGMA FANS!
    i have to admit that at first i didn't think that it would be necessary to purchase this enigma greastest hits compilation. i mean especially when you're a fan who already has all their cds, what would be the point of doing so? well i have to say i was wrong! i purchased this cd and was not the least bit disappointed! for one thing, it has various remixed tracks, such as "tnt for the brain" and i must say the track on this cd far exceeds the original one found on enigma's third album "le roi est mort, vive le roi." in my personal opinion, "tnt for the brain" is reason enough to buy this greatest hits compilation, so amazing this song really is!! i also love how all the songs flow nicely into one another, so you feel as though it is one long ride through time; no pauses in between to distract you from your voyage! :) i'd have to say, the one thing that usually "bothered" me about enigma cds was how they never really exceeded an hour... well this cd definitely surpasses that time period, and does so wonderfully... if you are a true fan of enigma, you won't regret making this purchase! enjoy!!
    + in nomine Christi, Amen +

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'll be quick to the point here.....
    I;ll be quick to the point here...this is a great CD to have great S&X to. Get it, and use it. ... Read more

    6. Play
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    Those who have followed Moby's career are familiar by now with his deep convictions and spiritual connection. On his 1999 release, Play, he celebrates his faith in a masterful, unobtrusive way, channeling gospel and other inspirational samples through beats so earthy they could grow grass on a cement dance floor. It's impossible to separate the joy of the message from the joy of the grooves. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    Moby has changed the face of music with this album by mixing techno, church spirituals, and classical music. Moby can be really creative with this album and can perform great instrumentals along with mixing. My favorite tracks are Bodyrock, South Side, Natural Blues, Porcelain, Find My Baby, and My Weakness. It isn't really a dance album, it's more of an electronic soundtrack. On a 12-hour road trip I went on, I listened to this entire CD and enjoyed most of the songs as I was bored in the car. If you truly like music, do not miss the opportunity to get this album. This album is absolutely amazing from a man that produces REAL music. I recommend this album to good music listeners who have tastes in all kinds of music and for those who have nothing to listen to on a long car trip.

    5 stars is my rating and there is no good reason why you cannot rate this album one star. (Unless you are a big fan of grunge rock music or boy band oriented pop)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Hands Down Must Buy
    When you say the word "techno", people tend to imagine loud, obnoxious electronic dance songs with loads of annoying sound-effects. Rest assured that if that's your defintion of techno, this ain't techno.

    Moby takes 18 tracks and tackles multiple genres: rock, hip hop, blues, gospel, accoustic, and many more. Many tracks contain samplings of other songs (ranging from Love Rap by Spoony G and The Trecherous 3 to Run On For A Long Time, a 1937 gospel piece), while others are true original compositions with Moby doing the vocals himself. It creates for a rather confusing effect: you won't know exactly who you're listening to--but believe me, you'll be enjoying yourself too much to care.

    Moby is a devout Christian, and his spirituality shines in every one of these 18 tracks. It would be wrong, though, to call this religious music--it's not looking to convert anyone, if that's a worry of yours. I'm an Agnostic myself, and I loved the spiritual, empowering feelings of these songs.

    I've noticed other reviews say that some songs are great while others fail, but I honestly believe each and every one of these songs has something to offer. Some, like "7", "Down Slow", and "Inside" don't have any lyrics and do resort to a more traditional techno sound, but are enthralling nevertheless.

    So go on and add it to your shopping cart. If you don't absolutely love it, then--well--feel free to write me an angry e-mail.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Takes Electronica to new heights!
    This is one of my favorite CDs of all-time, along with mr.deviant's "Techno Obsession". With "Play", Moby takes techno and electronica into a whole new place, a more emotional place. For years critics have panned electronica because they claim it can't "have soul, or feeling", Moby shatters this myth with virtually every track on "Play".
    Believe the hype surrounding this one. It's a classic, and belongs in everyone's CD collection. Just buy it, and thank me later.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well-known now!
    Moby has come along way from his very first album entitled 'Moby' which was his early techno works to his most recent album 'Play'. We got a taste of what Moby can really do with ambient music, pop-techno, dance, and rock in albums such as: Everything Is Wrong, Ambient, Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989-1993, etc... Now, Moby takes another step up and brings a lot of gospel and soul music into his keyboard and electronic music works. 'Play' gives you a wide variety of different styles of gospel and soul. The song "Honey" starts with a simple catchy and rhythem and builds in a nice and light techno beat. Others like "Find My Baby" and "Why Does My Heart Feel so Bad?" combine more of a soul feeling into melodic piano and light dance beats. His most successful song in the album was "South Side" which features Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) leading Moby in the chorus. The song also became a hit single along with it being a hit song all by itself. 'Play', towards the end of the album, steps into more slow and ambient textures in songs like "Down Slow", "Inside", and the poetic-like songs "If Things Were Perfect" (I think that's one of them that he just TALKS in) and "The Sky Is Broken" which is very visionary-like with its slow and soothing melodies and beginning beat throughout. The ending song "My Weakness" starts off with a beautiful choir background and later builds in a beautiful orchestral texture in. This makes the song, with it's orchestral sound, a most remembering moment in what Moby can do...My Weakness makes for a fascinating ending for the entire CD.

    'Play' was a platinum-selling album worldwide. He later released "Play The DVD" which includes numerous videos of some of the hits off of the CD. It also includes a MEGAMIX that gives you a variety of industrial, rave, dance, and trance mixes of songs off of Play. These are both things that one should own if you are a fan of Moby.

    That's my review, Thanks!

    5-0 out of 5 stars If things were perfect, this album would be among them
    Moby is more than a genius of techno, he is a genius of music. What he does in this album is so joyful and depressing simultaneously, I just want to listen to it over and over again. The best tracks are Porcelain, Why does my heart feel so bad?, Southside, Natural Blues, and Run On. And the rest are still amazing songs. ... Read more

    7. Dakshina
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    Chant is a new marketing niche in the alternative music scene, and swings from albums of straight recitations to a glut of electronica mantra CDs. A group like Rasa turns chants into cinematic excursions. Singer Donna DeLory recasts chants as pop hooks and Krishna Das growls them into guttural ruminations. But the German singer Deva Premal was doing the mantra thing long before it became a commercialized trend.

    On Dakshina, Premal, along with her partner, guitarist Miten, converts chants into serene, almost easy-listening refrains. Premal has a warm alto that she deploys on rhythm-free chorales of Enyaesque vocal layers to downtempo, world-beat grooves. With her chants harmonized and repeated into infinity, the effect can be like an ocean surface. It's constantly flowing and in motion, but doesn't have a lot of focus. But on songs like "Guru Rinpoche Mantra" or "Homage to Krishna," a wave rises and carries you down its face in a slo-mo free fall. Premal keeps it mostly acoustic, filling in ornamental lines with acoustic guitar, tamboura, and bansuri flutes. Only the orchestral strings occasionally get in the way. Her previous albums have often been sappy in their new age aspirations, but on Dakshina, she's more naked, stripping her sound down to a deeper emotional core. --John Diliberto ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Queen of soft
    If you like your chant on the sweet and syrupy side, you'll probably like this recording.Easy listening, yes, and there is no denying Premal has a lovely voice but I'm looking for chant with the power to transport me into a truly sacred space. A cd that does manage to convey a beautifully authentic and pure essence is "Travelling the Sacred Sound Current" by sound healer Deborah Van Dyke.Dakshina will no doubt appeal to those contented by new age soft-listening, but its a bit too produced and commercial for my taste. ... Read more

    8. Hold Me to This: Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead
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    Tribute albums are always suspect; classical interpretations of rock even more so--and follow-ups to the same are fraught with mediocrity. Just witness the inexplicable glut of String Quartet Tribute discs to Tool, Bruce Springsteen, and many other top-selling and cult artists. On Hold Me to This, his second run at the music of art-rock group Radiohead, classical pianist Christopher O'Riley avoids all these pitfalls. These aren't easy-listening piano renditions of Radiohead tunes, but deeply inspired, often challenging and dissonant re-imaginings. O'Riley succeeds by taking the music on its own terms. He doesn't try to make it "classical" but lets the classical nature of the music ring out. From the storming chordal overtone clusters of "There There" to the Chopinesque refrain of "The Spinning Plates," O'Riley makes you forget these songs were originally played by a raging rock band. Instead, they seem born on the keys of his piano. His "Paranoid Android" is like Conlon Nancarrow going boogie-woogie one moment and painfully, sweetly rhapsodic the next. I'm not sure how Radiohead fans will respond to this, but piano and classical listeners should rejoice. --John Diliberto ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Brilliant
    Every time I listen to this CD I am awe-struck with its beauty and general clarity of texture.

    On this CD, as opposed to his previous album covering Radiohead, true love waits, he becomes much more adventureous in taking on Radiohead's masterful use of depth and increasing complexity.It seems with the previous album, he just tried to nail down the obvious songs to appeal to the Radiohead faithful and those are great to listen to.But with this one, it's obvious to see he's challenging himself, whether it's the ridiculous 7-beat rhythms of "2+2=5" or the meoldic overtones in a 4 part-piece of "Paranoid Android."

    This CD is a strike of brillance at times."Like Spinning Plates", a song that is appreciated by most Radiohead constituents but actually enjoyed by few, is unmistakeably brilliant in creation.The very beauty of the song comes to life when Christopher O'Riley plays it.We all know the story of the "backwards song" but the cognitive ability that went into the rest of the song itself is not seen until Christopher O'Riley displays it on full view.I've always said "the true musical genius does not just achieve incredible feats... the true musical genius does it when you're not paying attention" and thanks to O'Riley, that's obvious in Radiohead's music.

    The downside(s) of this album:
    1)There's a few too many B-side recordings for my taste."How I Made My Millions" and "Cuttooth" fit here.

    2) There's one or two songs that just are lackluster, overall."Sail to the Moon" doesn't seem too challenging and neither does "How I Made My Millions."

    Those are the only two downsides I see and why I wish I could give this album a 4 1/2 instead of a 5. But giving it a 4 wouldn't do it justice.

    Basically, if you're a Radiohead fan because you appreacite the high complexity of musical theory involved in their music and/or you love the piano, you NEED to buy this CD.

    However, if you're not as much into the musical theory side of Radiohead, True Love Waits would be much more suitable for you.(I personally love both, so no worries)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Paranoid fan-droid
    You have to give Christopher O'Riley credit.

    Even though he's already put out an excellent CD of Radiohead piano compositions, there's enough great material in the band's studio albums that he could have easily filled this second disc with crowd-pleasers. And while he did include "Street Spirit" and "No Surprises," he also threw in some surprises, great B-sides like "Polyethylene Part II" and "Gagging Order." That's not the mark of a hustler looking to cash in on one of the best bands making music today--no, it's the mark of a true fan.

    What's more, O'Riley really understands the band on a primal level, not just as a fan, but as a fellow musician. Radiohead writes unsettling songs, discordant songs about paranoia and dissatisfaction and technophobia, songs about a world that feels wrong on every level. It's no mean feat to play these songs with just a piano instead of a five-man band, but O'Riley pulls it off admirably, playing with passion and verve. His interpretations aren't mechanical tracings of the originals, but they still convey, and even amplify, their feelings--his "Street Spirit" captures the spirit of the original while still sounding new; his "Paranoid Android" sounds even more paranoid than Thom's.

    At times, the songs feel a touch too discordant, but that's a good thing, in a way--this disc requires multiple listens and is well worth owning, as is O'Riley's first Radiohead disc. It would be nice to hear him play "Optimistic" or "How to Disappear Completely" or "My Iron Lung" or "Just," but that's no knock against the second CD--it's a wishlist for the third.

    4-0 out of 5 stars More Complex Than The First
    Although I have not listened to this album all the way through yet, it seems to me that Christopher O'Riley experiments more with the songs on this album than he did on the first, True Love Waits. The songs that he has chosen reflect more of the B-Sides in Radiohead's arsenal of songs, and because of this, O'Riley can afford to leave more of his own mark on them. Overall, it is another great release from O'Riley, but dont expect to sit down and listen to it and know exactly what notes come next because of the original Radiohead songs; expect to sit down and experience new versions of the old Radiohead classics. ... Read more

    9. Celtic Woman, Vol. 2
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not the quality of the first
    I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this CD, it took three weeks between the order and the time it arrived. Was it worth the wait? Yes, but I was still a little disappointed. It wasn't the CD that I was expecting. Celtic Women 1 was an amazing CD. This was still good, but not great.

    Still, the CD features some return visitors from the first and a few great songs amongst them. Aine Furey makes a triumphant return with the song Vanities child, which highlights her haunting voice. I anxiously await the release of her band, Bohinta's new CD.

    Highlights are:
    Rita Connolly - Valparaiso
    Fiona Joyce - Lifting the veil
    Aine Furey - Vanity Child

    If you don't have the first one, buy it first. Followed by the Faire Celts CD which is another tremendous display of the female Celtic voice.

    3-0 out of 5 stars worth the coin
    skip vol. 1 and buy this 2nd volume. It will keep you interested for more than one spin. ... Read more

    10. Earthsongs
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    Earthsongs is a curious title for an album that is unrooted in the firmament and seems far removed from any traditions therein. Instead, the duo of Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian keyboardist Rolf Lovland make music lost in a gauzy haze of nostalgia and sentimentality. On Earthsongs, they move further from the safely exotic, Celtic-meets-New-Age sound in which they forged their early successes and float down an easy-listening path.Celtic flavors do turn up on a pair of sanitized jigs: "Reel" and "Daughters of Erin," but they have the authenticity of a theme restaurant. Bringing in pop-classical tenor Russell Watson for the maudlin ballad "Always There" doesn't help. With this album, Secret Garden takes a seat in the faux-classical lounge, a room occupied by artists like Percy Faith, Bert Kaempfert, 101 Strings, and other forgotten meisters of orchestral pop who were washed aside by the breaking waves of rock in the early '60s. --John Diliberto ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars It grows on you
    This latest release by Secret Garden doesn't grab you like the others did. However, the music grows on you with each listening. Some of the songs sound like their earlier music, with a bit of a twist, but overall, this is a beautiful album by a most talented duo.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Secret Garden's 5th studio album.
    Secret Garden's 5th studio album has recently just been released in Norway. The CD is titled "Earthsongs" and contains 15 new Rolf Lovland songs. This time around they've teamed up with guest artists Brian Kennedy, Ole Edvard Antonsen and Jan Werner Danielsen. While there is definitely an underlying river of new age pretension, the duo rely as much on choirs, folk instrumentation, and orchestral ambience as they do mythical keyboard patches, resulting in an intoxicating blend of Loreena McKennitt-style dramatics and Clannad-esque vocal arrangements.

    <<< Also Recommended: Instrumentals By Mehdi...A True Gem...Full Samples At SoothingMusic.Com...Just Listen !!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wait til you here it live!
    Just saw the Secret Garden live in Washington, DC on April 26th.They were absoluetley awesome.There is NOTHING faux about these extremely talented musicians. This is NOT wall paper music. A quartet: violin, piano, flutes and whistles from Norway and Ireland, and a harpist singer, brought this evocative music-and many of the Earthsongs to our ears and our souls.Secret Garden is the keeper of New Age and this album is a testament to the power of a quiet storm.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Relexing
    This CD can be very relexing for the mine.I like pretty much all of the songs.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Prententious, empty, jejune, music-by-numbers
    I have been subjected to this "product" for several weeks in my workplace and I am finding it to be a little like Chinese water torture.

    Secret Garden make music that is essentially faux. They do faux-Celtic music, faux-Classical music, faux-Andrew Lloyd Webber, faux-New Age music, et cetera. There are no hard edges or challenges in their music and very little creativity. As someone has already said, you could use this music in the background of a soap commercial! I guess that those New Age shops that sell crystals and angel therapy books could play this in the background?

    Background music - that is what Secret Garden make. You hear this sort of stuff all the time in TV commercials and in travelogues, but why would you bother buying an album's worth of it? Beats me!?

    If you have an ageing mother or granny, then Secret Garden might be the sort of music they would like for a birthday, Christmas or mother's day? (If they already have all Amici, Il Divo, Russell Watson, Josh Groban, "Flipper" Giordano, Sarah Brightman, Bond, Andrea Bocelli and Vanessa Mae CDs)

    No one under the age of fifty should own this CD! (Growing old scares the pants off me - will I have to listen to schlock like this in an old folk's home?)

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    11. The Richest Man in Babylon
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    Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza have always treated the line between acoustic and electronic music as a drunken sailor might, unpredictably falling on one side or the other with equal frequency. By this measure, The Richest Man in Babylon is their soberest effort to date, striding confidently into jazz, soul, world beat, and other styles with a direct, reverential approach. The band's last record, Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi, featured a set of classic jazz tunes unadorned with remixes or reinterpretation. But the songs on Babylon are originals, incorporating not just jazz but Afro-beat, Brazilian dance, Persian and Indian music, reggae, and psychedelia, all while making expert use of new and old collaborators like Sleepy Wonder, Lou Lou, and Shinehead. Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini makes an instant impression on the first track, "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes," her voice freeing the song's melody and structure with just a few hypnotic bars. It's hard to call this an electronic record at all; even their dub-influenced tracks miss a certain studio sheen, as if Hilton and Garza simply waded into a sweltering Jamaican beach party and hit record. But while it misses the ambient, ethereal edge that made The Mirror Conspiracy a downtempo classic, Babylon satisfies with organic energy and tasteful eclecticism. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Records of 2002.
    Eric Hilton and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation are two undisputed masters of cool who have released one of the richest and most engaging albums of the year: "The Richest Man in Babylon." To call these guys mere chillout gurus is to do this duo a disservice. On this album, they've taken cafe lounge to exciting heights, incorporating reggae, Eastern influences, and African styles into their already tightly-woven grooves. "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes" gets things right with its frosty vocals from Emillana Torrini. "Facing East" grooves along thanks to its (surprise) Eastern flavor and its sitar, while the electro-laced "Omid (Hope)" delivers airy vocals, mid-tempo drum loops, and light touches of synth bleepery. Reggae gets tossed into the mix in the form of "Exilo (Exile)," and the stellar title track stands out wonderfully. Using both electronic beats and real instruments, Theivery Corporation weave together a multitextured album that cements the duo's reputation as one of the classiest recording acts around. "The Richest Man in Babylon" is more than just music to listen to. It's also music to live by.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thievery make it their own
    The Richest Man In Babylon shows Thievery's style crystallised; the influences that have all been prominent on 'Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi' and 'The Mirror Conspiracy' are here made Thievery's own, being incorporated with Thievery's smooth measured breakbeats and synth atmospherics. The production is uniformly excellent and sounds even slicker than 'Mirror', and is more cohesive. Rob Garza and Eric Hiltons unflinching attention to detail is apparent everywhere.

    The presentation has changed from 'Mirror's spying 'n' flying references - the outlook is more earthy, less technical. The CD came with a booklet of excellent black and white photojournalism images on good quality paper. The images feature people from areas which have inspired Thievery's music.

    Their early dub style of 'Sounds' is most apparent in the 'Outernationist', and also appears in 'State of the Union' and the 'Richest Man in Babylon'. The title track is certainly the most commercial track here, featuring some Wailers style horns and a regular song structure.

    The latin/bossa influence which came to the fore in 'Mirror' is represented by 'Meu Destino' and 'Exilo', both featuring male singing (as opposed to MCing) by Patrik De Santos and Verny Varela. The sound is lighter than previous Jazzanova-esque grooves such as 'Samba Tranquille'. 'Meu Destino' features nylon acoustic guitar by Ramon Gonzales.

    Eastern music is represented by 'Facing East', and 'Interlude'. 'Facing East' features santur and tabla, and vocals, which are joined by a breakbeat a minute in.

    However Thievery's strongest developing style is in the ambient-pop-breakbeat style which this album confirms as their trademark. The sublime, Cocteau Twins echoing 'Omid' is the direct descendant of the superb' Shadows Of Ourselves', LouLou singing on both. 'All That We Perceive' is sung by Thievery regular Pam Bricker, and bears resemblance to 'Lebanese Blonde', which she also appeared on.
    'Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes', the first track, was initially a surprise in that it bears resemblance to Air with it's string machine and heavily compressed bass. Thieveryness is restored by a trademark breakbeat 2 minutes in. With repeated listening this sits well as an intro to the album.

    There is a new direction in the form of Liberation Front, a funk track with excellent horns credited to Rick Harris. This is a standout track.

    The only filler is From Creation, and this is not bad, just dull.

    Is this a better album than 'The Mirror Conspiracy'? It is certainly more polished, easier to listen to in one sitting. 'The Richest Man In Babylon' is more able to put Thievery Corporation in the mainstream, and this is music that everyone should hear.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT MUSIC
    In my opinion probably the best CD they made so far.
    I can surely recommend it to people who are also fan of Siddharta, Buscemi, Buddha Bar, etc.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Chillout Masterpiece
    I can't believe how much I love this album. I had heard of Thievery Corporation from Yahoo's Launchcast, so I downloaded a couple of tracks that I thought sounded good. I liked them, but I didn't end up buying this CD for some time. When I got it, I was blown away. This album must be taken as a whole, even though there are standout tracks. As a whole, it is one of the best chillout CDs of all time. Emiliana Torrini's vocals add a unique flavor to the tracks she appears on, but my favorites would have to be the more middle eastern tracks. The beginning of "Facing East" still gives me goosebumps whenever I hear it. And the more reggae influenced tracks are great too, like the title track with a great beat and soulful vocals. Most of all, what I love about this album is the organic feel to it. When listening to this, you forget that it's a CD playing on a stereo, and you can almost see groups of musicians jamming together and taking turns on who sets the tempo and regional influence. It's really amazing to behold. And rarely do I find a good chillout CD that I can put in my car stereo and not feel geeky about rolling down the windows and cranking up the volume. I highly recommend this if you're a fan of eclectic world beats, and even if you're not, buy this anyways. Thievery Corporation will convert you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truely Amazing
    This cd even now is always in my playlist. Thievery Corporation never ceases to amaze me, no where else can you find the musical combinations they create. This cd has a more 3rd world country interpretation to it. Many people said it didn't sound like thievery corp but that is what is so great about this cd, they don't limit themselves to a linear sound, they take a worldly approach. If you haven't heard this cd buy it, turn down the lights and lay back in your house, maybe throw back a bottle or two and listen to this amazing cd. ... Read more

    12. A Day Without Rain
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    As each new Enya release has washed over all who have ears to hear, as each heaven-touched work leaves admirers sitting speechless in slack-jawed wonder, questions eventually come to mind: Might her layered, choral-like approach gradually become predictable or stale? Will she ever exhaust her deep reservoir of soul-stirring ideas? Remarkably, A Day Without Rain, Enya's fourth release since her 1988 breakthrough, Watermark, establishes new artistic heights for the gifted Irish vocalist and keyboardist. The project, polished and refined over a five-year period in the company of longtime collaborators Nicky Ryan (producer) and Roma Ryan (lyricist), may qualify as her best yet--a radiant, beatific collection of works that command attention with their cathedral-like resonance as they soothe your spirit with some of Enya's loveliest, most graceful voicings ever. The disc's opening three tracks (including the spellbinding "Only Time") form a gorgeous trilogy that suggest Enya has deepened her focus on the nexus where sophisticated pop and regal mysticism, the twin rivers of her singular sound, form a seamless intersection. The disc's gentle timbre is disturbed only once, and in memorable fashion, with "Tempus Vernum," a marshalling of mythic sonic forces that brings to mind the theme from the De Beers diamond commercial, but with a Celtic/Goth edge. Additional highlights abound. The closing "Lazy Days" will leave your soul dancing in a shower of flower petals and sunshine. A wonderful recording. --Terry Wood ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars A day without Enya
    While I have always been a huge fan of Enya's beautiful music, my long wait for her 2000 release, after a gap of 5 years...ended...dare I say it? disappointment. Was I expecting anything different? Perhaps lovelier melodies, as heard in the timeless "Storms in Africa" or "Faerie Tale", "Orinoco Flow", "Ebudae" "On my way home".....frankly, somehing was missing. I will however mention the one notable exception to my ears: the lovely and enchanting "Lazy Days" , which makes you hum along instantly, in its simplicity and melodic melancholy. While people rave about Enya's "New Age" (I wonder what that is?) music, few people bother to acknowledge the beautiful and mystical lyrics of Roma Ryan, who is, very aptly, half Enya. Her lovely poetic talents shine briefly again in "Lazy Days" and "Wild Child". Perhaps what ruined the mystical experience of enjoying Enya's music was the music itself...or lack of it. Though one could argue that any of these songs could be lifted out of a previous Enya album, to my ears, the music is vibrancy...emotiveness...and the spiritual beckoning that was so blissfully present in her earlier works. Perhaps it is time for Enya to try something different...maybe use some different instruments! Having said such a mouthful, I will also venture to say that I would still buy her new music, which is, after all, infintely better than having to listen to bawling boy bands and untalented puerile pre-teens sing insipid tunes to a generation bred on MTV.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Magician of the Irish Princess
    This CD contais the marvelous Only Time, which was one of the soundtracks of "Sweet November". It's gorgeous.
    Enya continues being my favourist singer of all time. Her voice is amazing and in each of her CDs you have something very special.
    Wild Child is a piece that tell us how to take advantage of every single moment of all our lives. Again the singer and composer tell us to seize the day.
    In Only Time we found roads that leads to love. The song is perfect for the film.
    It is dificult to elicit the best song, because all of them has a peculiar charateristic.
    The CD is wraped up with "Lazy Days", contrasting, in my opinion, hardworking days with the relaxing ones".
    You listen to Enya once and then you'll be completely adicted to her gorgeous voice. You just get very anxious to get her next CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
    The latest from Enya builds from all the basic themes of her almost 15 years of solo albums. (Hard to believe that long a time has passed!) And like all those albums before, or at least from "Watermark" on, the formula stays the same. Highly polished dreamscapes meant to evoke moods, mostly of the relaxed and contented variety. As "Only Time" proved in the aftermath of 9/11, music that aims to calm can still bring beauty to a tragic situation, and peace to troubled hearts.

    The opening three songs of "A Day Without Rain" could easily be the best ten minutes of music Enya has ever performed. And I, for one, will not moan over the disc's brevity. Better to have a half hour of near perfect artwork than to have it marred by extraneous filler. (Example, the wretched "radio mix" of "Only Time" that crowbarred a hip-hop rhythm track in a ploy to make it airwave friendly.) It takes Enya up to five years to craft her records, and almost to a T, they come out fully formed, seamless whole pieces. If I want more, I always have well worn copies of her other CD's to slip into the disc player.

    "A Day Without Rain" does contain one jarring surprise, the dark "Tempus Vernum." It will surprise many who view Enya as little more than the empress of bland, as the breif latin chant breaks the surface calm of the album with something a little more stirring. It caught me off gaurd enough that it has become one of my favorite moments on the album, and one of the few times on an Enya album where she breaks the formula. It still makes me hungry for more albums, but I guess I still will have to wait another five years!

    5-0 out of 5 stars you just are going through a teenage "i am so goth" phase
    I've read reviews saying "This is the most boring music out there" and critizing the New Age music. Let me inform you that maybe 8 out of 10 people who said that are probably teens going through the death/black/goth phase. The thing about New Age? It's inspiring (I'm sure Black Sabbath is *sarcasm). It's beautiful and it takes talent (talking fast in a microphone or groaning is not talent). And it has a way of relaxing you, and even making you feel like you're in a cloud. Enya is no less different. Her purpose is not to get you angry. Her songs are insipiring and beautiful, just like her voice. This CD is great and I especially love "Deora ar mo chloí" and "Flora's Secret" and "Only time". This music is great, and if you want to forget about stresses and preassures, hear this CD for a while.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Day without Rain
    Our first Enya CD. Love it as it is very relaxing. Ordering a copy for or Daughter stationed in Iraq. ... Read more

    13. Overcoming Obstacles; A Self-Hypnosis Journey for Unlocking Creativity, Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
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    In this powerful and inspiring CD, Melissa Rose, C.Ht. guides you with her soothing voice through the relaxing experience of guided meditation, self-hypnosis and transformational imagery.Her desire is to help you identify and unlock those obstacles keeping you from attaining your life's potential and give you the tools needed to accomplish your goals. This CD is perfect for those looking to improve their professional and personal lives and is ideal for all areas of self-improvement which include, but are not limited to Motivation, Habit Control, Stress Reduction, Sales & Sports Perfomance, Creativity and Confidence. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Relaxing
    When I listen to Overcoming Obstacles I feel calm and relaxed. Melissa has a very soothing voice that helps put me into a tranquil state. This CD has helped me release my fear of writing creatively. I would highly recommend this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful, Relaxing Gift
    I was given this CD as a gift and it certainly has been one. Living a hectic life in a big city leaves me drained and stressed out. I was looking for a tape that would help me to meditate, though I wasn't quite sure what that meant. Melissa Rose's calm reassuring voice just eases you immediately into this meditation thing. You can really feel yourself relax and your frantic brain calm. I definitely felt calmer and more rejuvented after listening and also more confident about dealing with life's dodgier side. I try to listen to it a couple times a week. If you already meditate or have been wanting too, but like me weren't sure what to expect...try this one!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good for Relaxing, Motivating, and Building Confidence
    I bought this CD about a year ago and recommended it to my friends since. I like the first part because it gives the theory behind the guided imagery and some good things to do to support your goals. I like the second part (the guided imagery) because it is very effective in helping me relax. I listen with earphones as I ride to and from work - someone else is driving, of course. The guided imagery uses allegorical images to remove the effects of self-doubt and to help the listener identify his/her higher self without explicitly saying that. I recommend that a few grammatically incorrect remarks be removed the next time this CD gets mass produced. It doesn't take away from the effect of the CD, but also doesn't reflect well on its professional quality. I recommend this CD to all interested in moving forward toward their goals.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Soothing and Empowering all at once
    Melissa Rose has an incredibly soothing voice... It's actualy very sensual and relaxing. I find myself longing to hear her voice again even days after I listened to the CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best thing since the discovery of chocolate.
    I've tried a number of self-hypnosis and meditative recordings over the years, but none have had the ability to put me under as quickly or as deeply as this one. Ms. Rose has skillfully taken the audio hypnosis genre to a new level. In the introductory track, she immediately puts you at ease with a comfortable, friendly demeanor, speaking in clear, everyday language which allows you to build a sense of safety and trust. Some may be put off by the more familiar tone, but I found it refreshing.

    In the second track, she guides you through a number of visualizations in a calm, low-key tone that seems to bypass much of the transient noise in your mind and speaks directly to your inner consciousness. Here, you are offered new perspectives, some very good imagery for overcoming personal roadblocks, a bit of regression to simpler times before such obstacles existed, and a wealth of positive and believable affirmations. The accompanying music is surprisingly good. Light and meandering, it never gets tiresome.

    At the very least, you'll feel like you've had a long talk with a caring friend who wants to share a more positive perspective on life. I highly recommend this work and I'm not EVER selling mine. :) ... Read more

    14. The Ground
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    The second album by Norwegian pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen is another set of crystalline beauty. Lyrical in both his writing and playing, the music is informed by his Scandinavian homeland's austere landscapes, as well as a wide swath of jazz traditions and gospel influences from his youth (as a teenager Gustavsen was a church organist). The trio's interplay is supple and subtle to the point of the rhythm section sounding like they're actually a part of the piano. The music's gentle propulsion seems to be carried forward equally by all three players. Emotionally resonant, the warmth and clarity of ECM's high production standards captures every nuance -- even lightly struck cymbals resonate with incredible presence. --David Greenberger ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Middle Ground
    It is what it is, and it ain't Bill Evans. Tord & co. are the very embodiment of mediocrity. You won't find much in the way of innovation, nor will you hear astounding feats of improvisation; but it's a pleasant enough soundtrack for relaxing after a long, stressful day. A mellow, dinner jazz type of thing. What did you expect when the tunes have maudlin, new age-y titles like "Tears Transforming", "Colours of Mercy", and "Reach Out and Touch It"? Actual art?

    2-0 out of 5 stars MOOD MUSIC, nothing more....
    This kind of album is what you would put on before your date arrived- setting the mood... I'm not that impressed with the compositions, but that's not the focus here. (MOOD)
    It's funny though to see this kind of Euro Jazz be hailed as the greatest thing since Bill Evans, or Miles- ha ha ha ha- well just put on one of their records and rediscover what the real thing is. I may buy this album some day, but for now it remains a wash with the many other CD's this over rated record company puts out.


    4-0 out of 5 stars Does not transcend "Changing Places"
    If you love Tord Gustavsen's first record, and you hoped his next would be even better, you are in for a slight let down.This record is more "melodic," and while that's not necessarily a bad thing, what makes this trio so mind-blowingly fantastic is the icy cold sparseness of their music, the deafening silences between the notes.When they get all "bouncy" with some of these Norway-sambas, I can't tell them from many other trios.These boys can flat out play, and they are better than nearly every other jazz combo out there, but this sophomore effort moves in the direction of mainstream trios.These guys, however, are--or could be--a whole other beast.

    2-0 out of 5 stars No Bill Evans
    Nice simplistic mood music...but dont metion this guy in the same breath as Bill Evans just yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What makes Tord Gustavsen so popular?
    That's an honest question, and I'll try to give an honest answer.Is it because in English his first name is one vowel removed from naughty scatological bodily excreta?Could be, but I don't think so.Is it because he plays the piano really slow?Again, that's certainly a possibility, but there's got to be more to it than that. After all, haven't there been other jazz pianists who played really slow?Help me out here.None readily comes to mind, so maybe one of you readers can give me a hand.In any case, there's got to be another jazz guy that played really draggily like the Tord-meister.

    Is it because he's a Scandinavian, a denizen of that wonderland of social beneficence, where more than 50 cents on the dollar--way more, if my sources are accurate--goes to marvelous tax programs that give everybody and his uncle free college, and--who knows?--probably free Volvos and Saabs (though who'd want 'em, if you ask me) and allow the average citizen to retire at the age of 27?Perhaps.But somehow I think there's more to it than that.

    Tord, you see, has figured out a new way to play jazz.He's fused, I'm thinking, classical rigor with a way cool cocktail lounge vibe in a manner that no one else in the long and, one must admit, sad, history of the world has done.Yeah, that wacko Ryuichi Sakamoto did something similar years before, but he's from the wrong side of the tracks, so to speak.

    Anyhoo, this Tord guy is the bomb.Two measly discs under his belt and he's the next frickin' Bill Evans.Ten or 50 or a thousand years from now, he'll probably have faded from our collective consciousness.But right now, he's riding high. And jazz, being ephemeral by nature, readily accords him that fame.

    Who am I to complain? ... Read more

    15. Chakra Suite
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Puts me to sleep (but that's a good thing)
    I have trouble staying asleep some nights, and I've recently found that certain types of music or sounds can put me in a relaxed state. Steven Halpern's "Chakra Suite" is one of the best for this purpose.

    The chakra suite is supposed to be used to meditate on each of the seven chakras or power centers of the body. I am not one who meditates, on chakras or other things, but if you do meditate, this is supposed to be a good aid to focus one's energy and concentration. The bonus on this CD is the "Spectrum Suite" and another bonus, Sonic Satori thath is supposed to use the power of sonic entrainment. a psycho-acoustic technology with an effect on brainwaves.The music involves notes with 8 cycles per second, which is said to synch the brain to relaxed brain waves, for example:
    Alpha - 8-12 CPS (associated with relaxed, calm, and creative waking state)
    Theta - 5-7 CPS (associated with dreams, suggestive states, hypnagogic states)
    Delta - 1-4 CPS (associated with deep, dreamless sleep)

    Whatever the effect, I find playing one of the suites as I lie in bed, relaxes me to the point where I drop off easily. I also like it for a quick relaxation break during a stressful, long day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Peace
    There is a scientific principle called entrainment. If two items are vibrating side by side at different speeds then the item that vibrates at the lower speed will adjust to vibrate at the same frequency as the other object.

    Examples of this are swings in a playground that are swinging out of sync and adjust. Also, in a clock store you may notice the pendulum clocks of the same size swinging back and forth in unison.

    Applied to sound your different chakras or energy points vibrate at different frequencies and notes vibrating at a specific rate for a prolonged period will cause your energy points to reattune themselves, and bring your chakras back into balance, and promote a sense of well being and peace.

    This cd applies these principles using swirling harmonics and overtones and beautiful instrumental sounds such as chimes and bowls including the rhodes piano to create an atmospheric sound.

    I can feel the musical vibrations resonate thoroughout my body, and I certainly do feel more relaxed even after a short listen.

    This record has been rated as groundbreaking by New Age Voice.

    I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars VERY EFFECTIVE
    I have listened to many different "chakra balancing" CDs, but this is the only recording where I have actually distinctly felt the sounds or appropriate chakras resonating the exact chakra spots - I could feel, without wondering if anything is happening, the sound vibrating in my body right where it's supposed to have an effect - so for that purpose, this is my favorite CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Totally relaxing and Works!
    I love this CD, I listen to it daily to balance my chakras! Even if you don't believe it actually balances your chakras, it is beautiful and relaxing to listen to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
    While healing from a fractured ankle, I played this several times a day. I don't know if it accelerated my healing--I suspect it did. It certainly helped me to relax and deal with the inactivity. I continue to listen to it for sheer pleasure and relaxation and play it in the background much of the time. I would recommend Chakra Suite to almost anyone, regardless of musical preferences. ... Read more

    16. Songs to Make Dogs Happy
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    5-0 out of 5 stars 5 paws
    cheesy, but hysterical, and oddly effective!I was skeptical too.But my dog (4 yo shep mix) Vera seems to genuinely enjoy this cd - some of the tunes like 'squeaky deaky' and 'adventure dog' (the funniest) get her more worked up than others, but even the milder tunes have her leaving my side (a rarity) to be in the room with the stereo - and in bliss when I follow her in to play with her during the songs.If your dog's behavior tends to crack you up anyway then this cd should provide lots of joy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Skeptics mind changed, Dogs Love it!
    I was very skeptical when I bought this CD.I played it for my two dogs and their attention went immediatly to the stereo.I have seen other dogs with similar reactions when I play it for them.They put their nose to the speakers or try to "sing" along with it.It amazed me how helpful it has been.My dogs enjoy listening to the CD when I am away at work. It has helped to ease their separation anxiety and reassures them that they are loved.I am not longer skeptical and highly recommend it to other animal "parents".I also highly recommend her book "Ask the Animals" It is very enlighting and full of wonderful stories she has experianced though her gift of animal communication.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Songs To Make Dogs Happy

    I have had this CD for over a year now. I love it and so does my dog! It is an uplifting, happy and funny CD which made me laugh and smile during the whole time. I play it numerous times, not only for my dog, but for me too. It sings about what dogs like to hear such as; food, toys, I love you from their guardian and many others. I play it so much that I know every word to every song on the CD. My dog always perked up his ears when he heard certain words or noises (such as a squeaky toy or a dog bark)from the CD.I know it made my dog smile on the inside. It has happy songs on it and not hard rock and roll or classical music which can tend to put dogs in a fatigued or depressed mood. I would have to say it is the funniest and happiest CD I own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars We love this CD!
    I have a "problem dog" named Buster, and I know that this CD has been very helpful to him. I think Kim is a miracle worker. I put this CD in and Buster relaxes, seems more at ease, more even-tempered. Plus, my husband and I (as well as our toddler) love to hear it as well. Actually, now that I think about it, our human son seems to benefit from the music, too. We've actually used Kim's services as an animal communicator before, which has helped us and Buster a lot; this CD is great as a supplement to this sort thing or on its own. I recommend it highly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hefty and Robbie think it ROCKS
    I pop this CD in when we travel and my greyhounds settle right down.I can also play it while I'm trying to get stuff done around the house and they pay attention!Try it!You might like it! ... Read more

    17. Book of Secrets (Bonus Dvd)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice!
    I have never heard of Loreena Mckennitt in my whole life. I hardly even listened to newage music before. However, I listened to the preview of the songs to this CD and it opened a door for me. I bought this CD and "the vist". "The Book of Secrets" is definitely the better of the two in my opinion. The instruments were great. Very powerful when played in conjunction with Loreena's voice.

    1. Prologue
    Not bad, but it didn't really hit me like the other songs.

    2. Mummers' Dance
    This song has a great melody playing throughout. Vocals were also good.

    3. Skellig
    Very very soothing string work in this song. Top knotch.

    4. Marco Polo
    This song is a nice change. It's more suited for the percussion fan, but still enjoyable.

    5. Highwayman
    Again, awesome string work at the start. This was the highlight of the song for me.

    6. Serenissima
    What can I say? The strings are again a hit. A very soothing instrumental.

    7. Night Ride Across the Caucasus
    Like most of the songs on this CD, this song has a great intro and the vocals fit in quite nicely. The song has good percussion work here, but it's not as heavy as Marco Polo. The strings too, do a great job.

    8. Dante's Prayer
    No better song could have been used to conclude this CD. The way that Loreena sung this song was by far the best in this piece, especially when the piano and the strings come in. Very moving stuff. Great lyrics.

    This CD had a very good mix between the vocal and instrumental elements, which is why I thought that it was better than "The Visit" which is more vocal orientated. There is nothing wrong with this ofcourse, as it depends on the taste of the person.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Music for the soul, plain and simple.
    There are not words to describe the beauty of Loreena McKennitt's voice, nor the lyrics to her songs--all are simply profound, beautiful, and left me with tears in my eyes on more than one occasion.

    I can't say I've got an average 14-year-old's taste in music, for my likings run in that of Enya and and more "soulful" music, for lack of a better word.

    Thus, this album clearly suited my love for those shivers that go up your spine when you listen to something with such meaning, power, and amazing beauty.

    My favorite tracks would have to be "The Mummer's Dance", naturally, because it is also what prompted me and many others to buy the album in the first place. Fun and catchy with beautiful music, I never get tired of this song.

    "Santiago" satisfies my uncontrollable desire to hear the beyond gorgeous sounds of Arabic music. Similar sounding to "Santiago" and the Arabic-sounding tracks of "The Mask and the Mirror", this song makes me feel like running through the desert sands of Egypt... a strange personal fantasy of mine. =D

    And then there is the notorious "The Highwayman", which left me breathless, in tears, and nearly trembling. I can't describe this poem-based song in words. For one, it is written to an old poem, which in itself is amazing--but put to music, the result is stunning. Beautiful vocals, haunting tune, powerful music, period. All I can say is "Wow" with a giant capital W.

    Actually, that's really all I can say for the entire album.


    4-0 out of 5 stars Thanks to Amazon and Snaps for Loreena
    Hi guys and girls, i just want to say a big 'thanks!' to Amazon for showing me the wonderful talented Loreena, i have always liked this kind of stuff, and my favourite has to be Enya, but she hasn't released anything new for a while, and i have all of her CD's. Anyway, Loreena is a wonderful singer and her songs are just magical. I say that if your into Enya or anything like that - give Loreena a go - she will surprise you:)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Relaxing Music
    I recommend Loreena's music to anyone who is stressed out. It is one of the most relaxing CDs that I have ever purchased. It sort takes you to a state of tranquility and focus. I know you will love it if you hear it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect!..A Great Production!
    Every song here is unique, and a very nice addition to the great Celtic tradition. The linear notes are very informative too, in showing the many potential links between Celtic and other cultures, even Greek and Siberian. But the last song "Dante's Prayer" is among the finest I've ever heard anywhere. I was knocked out the first time I heard it, and still play it several times a week! Thankfully the lyrics are printed in the notes, since Loreena does have an accent that can be tough to follow for a state -sider. An album for the ages, with the grand finale (Dante's Prayer) that you'll replay for many years to come! ... Read more

    18. Walls of Akendora [CD & DVD]
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice composition skills
    Walls of Akendora is the latest release from keyboardist Keiko Matsui. It showcases her classical side as well as her jazz sense of flair. "Overture For The City" begins with a trumpet blast followed by a pulsating bass line that drives this opener to the piano of Matsui. This one's put together well and reminds me a lot of some of Mark Portman's work. It's one of the better songs on the disc. "Crystal Shadow" is a syncopated bass line that's laid down with piano and soprano sax casting the shadow. Keiko's playing is superb and plays like fine crystal in a musical setting. "Mountain Shakedown" is a repeat from a previous disc, but bodes well in the mix. "Canvas" is a mid-tempo number that rallies around the same theme and has its best jazz riffs of the whole disc. Matsui slows down the tempo somewhat for "Akendora's Clock." This one beautifully shows off her composition skills as well as her ability at piano. It builds to a near crescendo before softly fading at the end.

    "Walking Through It" will probably be a show stopper on her current tour. It has that unique blend of intrigue and magic that her fans have come to love over the years. "Blue Butterfly" is an insightful look through the eyes of her piano. "Gentle Sands" is another favorite of mine here. It skips along with a nice back beat, and is accompanied by some good soprano sax. The piano doesn't take the main stage here but is instead blended with the others for an uplifting experience. The title track is deep and dark. It's musically fit for a concert hall. With its sweeping suites and rousing orchestral movements, "Walls of Akendora" showcases Matsui's classical sense. The disc finishes with " Bay of Destiny ." This seems much like the second movement to the previous song, and is layered with orchestra movements that showcase her piano. It comes back to a simple theme before closing the disc.

    There's also a bonus DVD of Keiko's November 26, 2004 live performance at Bukamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo , Japan . With both the DVD and CD, this package should really make her fans quite happy.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Akendora...Must Be A Beautiful Place !
    Matsui is always so consistent that it's hard to decide if one album ever tops another, but like most albums in her catalog, Walls of Akendora is irresistible in its execution of incredible dynamics throughout. Each song is unique, yet astounding; you can listen to them when you are sad or are in need of comfort, and the melodies will perfectly match your feelings. Matsui fanatics will no doubt be jumping all over maps of her homeland looking for a place called "Akendora," but it's a place of her own creation, where she runs to spend contemplative moments and find peace.


    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Amazing CD I Have Ever Owned!
    Keiko has won my heart w/ Walls of Akendora. The soothing sounds have really touched me in such a way to say that this is the greatest album I own by far.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A TALE OF 2 CD'S, WELCOME BACK KEIKO!
    For those of you like me that missed the Keiko Matsui from the 90's, with all of those melodies and jazzy funk that would become immediately ingrained in your memorybanks, I have semi-good news: The horns and funky percussions are back. The bad news is maybe with too much of a vengeance. Starting from track #1, the songs are loud. Whistles blowing, drums banging, in one song I swear I evenheard a fax machine going off. It's almost like she said, okay, you want loud, I'll give you loud! On the plus side, the songs are catchy, with my favorite tracks being 1, 4, and 8. Having possessed this CD for only 5 days, I am already humming the melodies- a great sign. Now the best news: cd#2-she has included a dvd that showcases earlier recorded songs. This DVD is better than the BET DVD, but falls short of the "Light Above The Trees" DVD. That is untoppable. Included in CD/DVD #2 is a video movie of Keiko's "What I did on my trip to South Africa, Eastern Europe, USA, and points elsewhere". For her to share this trip with her fans is one reason why she has such a loyal following: she shows a human side and really seems to care about her fanbase (which is smart, why alienate the hands that feed?). I particularly loved the scene when she is leaving a seemingly depressed area of South Africa clad in a full length mink coat due to unusually cool temps. (PETA people disregard this last sentence). To watch Keiko interact with thecitizens of other countries, especially the South Africans, truly endears you to her. It doesn't hurt that she is also extremely attractive in the looks department. Keiko is indeed the best ambassador that Japan has blessed the world with since baseballs' Kaz Matsui. In Summary, this is the best CD/DVD since 2000, before Deep Blue. It deserves heavy FM airplay, and a place in your CD player.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Walls of Akendora
    Keiko's style hasn't changed over time; instead I think it has expounded upon itself.This album is nothing short of fantastic, and it has everything Keiko fans would expect from one of her albums.There are infectious grooves (Canvas, Walking Through It, Blue Butterfly), catchy melodies as always (Gentle Sands, Crystal Shadow, Overture for the City), and dramatic, emotionally charged compoisitons (Akendora's Clock, Bay of Destiny).You have to hear them to believe them.

    I was especially delighted that Keiko, as she has done before, revisited another one of her previous works (Mountain Shakedown).It's great to hear the catchy melody (if you've heard Mountain Shakedown only once before, you'd recall it the moment you heard it again) receive new life on the grand piano, fifteen years after it appeared the first time on "Under Northern Lights" in 1989.

    Then to top it all off, something I didn't even notice until I got it home and opened the package:a 10-track DVD of some of Keiko's most memorable songs performed in concert.And I only paid $17 for this... wow. ... Read more

    19. Watermark
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    Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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    Enya's 1988 recording Watermark achieved landmark success with her groundbreaking use of multi-tracking technology to fuse new age and Celtic themes and instrumentation. The meticulous production defines her sound and achieves continuity even while weaving together tender ballads, piano pieces, massively layered vocal harmonies, and symphonic synthesizer movements. Although Enya's pristine voice isn't especially strong, her lead vocals possess a vulnerability that reflects the lyrics' sense of personal searching. From the ubiquitous, frothy single "Orinoco Flow" (which was used to hawk Crystal Light on TV) to the hard, bold edge of "Cursum Perficio," Enya's style remains fresh and engaging today.--Richard Price ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I Was Torn Between 4 And 5 Stars!
    Although this album of hers was produced in '88, I'd only (shamefully) purchased it a few weeks ago. It's frankly an excellent album, as always, but I got the awkward feeling that Enya had started out..."stiff". The fact that this was only her second new-age album - after an unsuccessful first from '83 to '84 - was accepted willingly by me on why all the tracks on this CD seemed to carry similar atmosphere - almost same tunes and similar rhythm. Honestly, because of this, I wanted to give her 5 stars, but considering the standards she's met up to today, I'd say this is mere second-hand work on her part (hence, a 4-star rating)! Nonetheless, it's definitely a new-age compilation worth listening to, for it's very clear why Enya shot to fame producing this CD! There're of course the three tracks which shortly made her the unprecedented superior diva in the era of new-age music, "Orinoco Flow", "Storms in Africa" and the title track, which is a beautiful piano recital, "Watermark". But not all the other songs and musical pieces are disappointing fillers (nah! You wouldn't expect that from her, would you?); other masterpieces include "The Longships (EXCELLENT instrumentation and voice budding)", "Miss Clare Remembers (a recital as wonderful as the title track)", "Exile (if you liked "Paint the Sky with Stars")", "River (a marvellous instrumental adaptation of "Orinoco Flow")" and "Evening Falls (a mystical lullaby)". This album would reassuringly still give new fans a good impression of this musical queen; as for those who have been avid all this while, you simply CANNOT miss this out in your collection!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The volume? Well, turn it up, turn it up...
    Watermark is a unique album, totally fantastic! It's incredible how a person - just 27 years old at that time - was able to create an album like this. I like the whole album, but I have two favourite tracks; the first is one of Enya's greatest hits... yes, of course it's the spectacular Orinoco Flow! The second is Storms In Africa which was a hit too, though a much smaller one. Other songs which I prefer are Cursum Perficio, River and The Long Ships but, as a mentioned before, the whole album is great. The music is from 1988 but that's impossible to hear, it could well have been the music of today.

    Here comes a short description of the tracks on Watermark:

    1. Watermark - Instrumental; very relaxing
    2. Cursum Perficio - Latin; pretty powerfull, special*
    3. On Your Shore - English; beautiful, relaxing
    4. Storms In Africa - Gaelic; great, wonderful, special*
    5. Exile - English; beautiful, pretty calm
    6. Miss Clare Remembers - Instrumental; relaxing
    7. Orinoco Flow - English; great, powerful, wonderful, special*
    8. Evening Falls - English; beautiful, pretty calm
    9. River - Instrumental; nice, beautiful
    10. The Long Ships - Gaelic; pretty powerful, special*
    11. Na Laetha Geal M'óige - Gaelic; calm and relaxing

    * Hard to say why these songs are special, but perhaps because they don't sound like any other musical stuff. There's only one person that's able to create songs like these and her name is - Enya. You must hear them, but don't forget to try her remaining albums such as Shepherd Moons and The Memory Of Trees.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A New-Age Dynasty has Begun
    Enya, one one the most talented musician I've ever heard, truly gives it all in this single CD. It wasn't new; I've heard songs by Enya in the past but I have never listened to all of them. In Watermark, one of her oldest albums, gently and beautifully expresses the contents of her heart. Her music has become a real inspiration to others and myself. When I first listened to Watermark, the first track, I realized that this is pure gold in music form. Anyone who wishes to explore some of the earliest and beautiful works by Enya must have Watermark. As the Editorial Review states, her first debut of this cd made a huge imapact on its' listeners. This cd personally impacted my outlook on New-Age music. It made me realize that new things can be found in old work. The effect on its' listeners is very calming. The instrumental music in addition with Enya's voice induces relaxation and will alleviate stress. Her heavenly voice, at a gentle pitch, helps sooth and put a smile on ones' face. This is a truly inspirational work by whom I consider the "Diva of New-Age" and listening to her wonderful achievments will have the same effect as it did for me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars WATERMARK: 5 STARS, 4 STARS FOR ENYA
    I enjoyed the cd but Enya has previously made much better cds. watermark is an amazing cd and i highly recommend it if it is your first enya cd but if youve heard enya many times, i would move on to so,thing morelike, Best of Enya.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 CDs of all time
    I was a DJ in high school when I happened upon a used cassette of Watermark. I remember picking it up and thinking "oh, this is that singer who has that strange song Orinoco Flow out on the radio." I had only heard Orinoco Flow a few times, but it was getting tons of airplay. I decided to pick it up (even though my tastes in music were totally inapposite to Enya's style). I took the tape home--and I swear--I had to sit down because I was so overwhelmed by what I was hearing. I recall thinking "this is the single most beautiful voice I've ever heard in my life." From that point on, my taste in music changed dramatically. Funny that it all started with ENYA. I played the album for my parents and my siblings and they were equally stunned by its beauty.

    Watermark's production is immaculate and showcases Enya at her best (although I like everything she's done). I am amused by the bone-head comments made by Enya-haters who say "this music is sooo boring," or "it is so pretentious." It's like hearing a deaf mute gripe that Mozart's Requiem is dull or self-important. SHUT UP, BE SILENT, and take your tone-deaf selves to the local ska shop! Enya's music is only dull to individuals who have tin ears or are so musically disinclined that the don't know a whole note from a hole in their heads.

    I also strongly disagree with people who say that Enya's voice is "weak." She sings in a very traditional style (the style is called sean-nos and is exemplified by aspirated/breathy singing). You'll hear no fake SOUL DIVA sliding (a la Mariah Carey or Crustina Aguilera). That's because the Irish have a traditional singing style that is not influenced by the western classical tradition (or any pseudo-gospel/soul style). Enya's range and almost vibrato-less singing is really incredible. I don't think there are many others who can match her purity of tone (maybe Lisa Gerrard who is almost superhuman).

    Anyway, this music changed my entire musical perspective and still moves me to this day. It will always be the most important musical revelation in my life.
    If you don't own it, you need to go drop the $2.99 and pick it up :-) ... Read more

    20. Visit (Bonus Dvd)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Traditional Values
    "The Visit," recorded in 1992, has demonstrated, by its longevity and popularity, how important a position it holds in Loreena McKennitt's body of work. Based strongly in her Celtic roots McKennitt is as comfortable with traditional tunes as she is mixing old casks with new wine to make statements that are a pertinent today as they might have been 100's of years ago. The 'old religion' is mixed adroitly with modern spirituality to add a mystical texture that will haunt the listener long after the songs have ended.

    Loreena's musicality is unimpeachable. I love her voice, which is capable of a rich variety of intonation and emotional content. Much of her work uses old dance rhythms based on fine drumwork by Al Cross and Rick Lazar. Indeed, all of her musicians are first class, and recording qualities are superb. Whether you are a Celtic music addict, a New Ager, or an old Folkie you will find much to enjoy here.

    'All Soul's Night' is a striking combination of Japanese imagery and Celtic ritual with a dancing, percussive rhythm. In 'Bonny Portsmore' McKennitt sings a lamentation for the great oaks of Ireland, cut down for lumber by British military and shipbuilding interests. 'Between the Shadows shows off the singer's unique ability to write crossover tunes that combine Middle and Far Eastern influences with Celtic rhythms and instrumentation.

    'Lady of Shallot' is one of my very favorite McKennitt songs. It is a pure, folk-like capturing of Tennyson's poem of an elven woman who is cursed to die if ever she let's herself love. It is a showcase for the singer's voice, which moves over her entire tonal range. 'Greensleeves' is a complete surprise. Emulating Tim Waits, McKennett produces an eerie, bluesy version that could almost have been written yesterday. 'Tango in Evora' is exactly that, combining Brian Hughes Balalaika, Hugh Marsh's fiddle and McKennit's voice in a lilting performance.

    In the 'Courtyard Lullaby' pre-Christian symbolism is used to evoke the flavor of old Europe's deepest spirituality. A thematic structure which is evoked again in 'The Old Ways,' but at a far faster pace. For her final piece, McKennitt chooses the mourning song from Shakespeare's Cymbeline, a play about the conflict between Roman and Celt. It is a fine setting, evoking both the tragedy and nobility of human mortality, and serves as a perfect ending.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A lady to reckon with
    I'm not a big fan of McKennitt's, but I've always liked "All Souls' Night," so I bought the album for that. I enjoyed it in general, but was unexpectedly blown away by "The Lady of Shalott." I've loved the poem ever since I first read it in my pre-teens, but I couldn't imagine how it could be set to music effectively: the language isn't particularly difficult and the story is told in a linear fashion, but Tennyson's verbal picture-painting is sometimes complex, even on the printed page (e.g., "Willows whiten, aspens quiver,/Little breezes dusk and shiver ..."). McKennitt handled this gracefully by creating a ballad-like tune, with a flowing accompaniment that mimics the motion of the river; aside from an occasional cello or violin flourish, and some moments of vocal harmony, she presents the poem simply and straightforwardly. The result is that the music enhances the poem but never gets in the way of the language, and I think this song is brilliant. (As for her Tom Waits-ish version of "Greensleeves," however, I give her credit for a nice try, but it just doesn't work for me.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
    While you can get all the songs on the live CD, the studio versions of the songs are by far more beautiful and haunting. She has a way in this cd, just like the others, of taking you away into another world. I highly recommend getting this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Loreena McKennitt - "The Visit"
    I became familiar with McKennitt some years ago when the haunting purity of her voice captivated me...and I have been hooked ever since. While I am not totally mad about "all" of her selections, her voice more than makes up for that. What I find most marvelous is her ability to put music to wonderful poetry that I have read and been enthralled by since I was a child.
    I am now a Professor of Art at a New England College. When I'm teaching about the Pre-Raphaelites or paintings of Dante's Inferno, I often play her music "The Lady of Shallott" or "Dante's Prayer." The students are often blown away by the beauty of the music flowing through the seminar hall while I'm flashing scenes of different paintings of the Lady of Shallott. They often come up after the class to ask who the singer was and how they can get the music. So through the last 5 years, mulitplying 3 classes a semester times the number of college students per seminar, I feel I am priviledged to have been instrumental in spreading the beauty of this artist's voice to people who would otherwise never have heard it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All Bow to the Goddess Loreena!
    I have been a fan of Loreena's since I first heard "The Mummer's Dance" in 1997. This is one of the most beautiful albums I own; it's haunting and atmospheric. I only wish it was longer!

    ALL SOUL'S NIGHT: A great open to this set, this one of Loreena's most well-known songs, and for good reason! A woman known for having lots of international influence in her music, this is one of the more obviously Celtic songs on the album. I am reminded very much of the novel "The Mists of Avalon" as she sings of the pagan rites.

    BONNY PORTMORE: The liner notes tell us this is a traditional song, and it's hard to believe. It's very environmental, and sends a good and timely message. It's heartbreaking, and Loreena sings like an angel.

    BETWEEN THE SHADOWS: This instrumental piece is one of my favorites. It would be wonderful on a soundtrack. If you like this, also check out the album "Maidens of the Celtic Harp-" it's lovely.

    THE LADY OF SHALLOT: I'm obsessed with all things Arthurian, and this twelve-minute epic is no exception. Loreena McKennitt is a genius- who else would have the daring to put Tennyson's famous, albiet lengthy, poem to music? Thankfully she did, and the world is better because of it!

    GREENSLEEVES: The most "different" song here, Loreena sings this song as Tom Waits would have, and it's rather jarring at first listen. But it will grow on you as it has grown on me. This dry old traditional comes to life when Loreena gets ahold of it!

    TANGO TO EVORA: Another instrumental piece, very Spanish in flavor (of course!). Loreena has said that most of her songs are written as she travels, and in this case I am not surprised. "Tango to Evora" adds some variety to this album. Cool.

    COURTYARD LULLABY: Quintessential mood music. When people think of Celtic music, this is the type of song they think of. Cliche in that since, but cliches become cliches for a reason, don't they?

    THE OLD WAYS: Magnificent. My favorite song on the album. Worth buying the CD for. It begins and ends with an enegetic jig, and the centerpiece of the song is the first chorus. It is trancelike and very melodic. It will find its way into your head and stay there for days, and you will not mind.

    CYMBELINR: Here, Loreena puts some of Shakespeare's words to music, and the result is a flawless, fitting end to the album. It is quiet and breathy, leaving you time to mull over the songs you have just heard.

    In short- listen to this and come away a different person.

    Buy it and you will not be disappointed. ... Read more

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