Great...But Buyer Beware...
Kenneth M. Goodman | Cleveland, Ohio United States | 06/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The music on this CD is spectacular...just the sort of bass-driven genius one expects from Mr. Laswell. BUT, if you're like me, and prefer this sort of music to be vocal-free, then you are in for a rude surprise. While the outer packaging gives no clue, there is not one track on the CD that is vocal-free. If you don't mind vocals (or in fact like them) then by all means consider this a 5 star review. But if you don't want vocals with your Bill Laswell music, you may find the vocals on this CD to be extremely annoying. So buyer beware."
Maybee the best of the sceries
yajdubuddah | cheboygan,michigan usa | 03/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"the 4th instalment in the meta collection, again compilled by bill laswell. but unlike all the rest the entire album is written my laswell, karsh kale, ustad sultan khan, & eastern singers. this is more like a full album than a bunch of collected songs by various artists. the first 2 are more cheb i sabbah style, more traditional with laswell dub bass. 3 is a new version of asha from asana 3 but very original. mukti #4 is a completelly new song with a more tabla beat science feel to it with karsh playing acoustic drums & ustad playing the sarangi, best song from laswell in a while. #5 is an all traditional song from another album only 1:23. #6 is another upbeat heavelly eastern indian influinced dub song. balama #7 is heavily electronic influinced, just like eraldo bernocchi & mick harris were on this, straight outa veve. as does the pattern relaese #8 but more oscillations style melding into a version of here comes the sun (vocaless) by the beatles written by harrison, utalizing more eastern sounds & robert musso joining on guitar to play the lead lines, very simmilar to original no dub remix here.
so this is the perfect reason to sit back relaz & enjoy some very soothing sounds for the soul. what ever your relaxation be, yoga, meditation, herbal, drink, martial arts, this will set you free."
Beat driven eastern style bliss trance
Cody S. Drasser | Massachusetts | 01/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is a perfect base to lead or practice yoga by, which is the main reason I purchased it. The addition of vocals to these songs does not in any way detract from the beauty of the music contained on this album.
The uplifting vocals and bass heavy/beat driven songs are the perfect compliment to a moving and engaged practice.
Also,the addition of strange and mezmerizing electronic sounds that are layered ontop and underneath each track makes it stand out amongst the typical yoga/meditation albums being sold today.
This music has a distinct edge to it that I welcome with an open heart into my practice, and it is at times so catchy and moving that I have a hard time imagining any student in a class not feeling moved to open their bodies, minds and hearts to these sounds.
The reason for the 4 star review is the inclusion of "Here comes the sun" instrumental Beatles song at the end. I think it fits and then sometimes I don't. Good song, but maybe they should have rethought the inclusion of this. No matter though, I still dig the song.
Plus, it kicks in the car as your driving! Can also be played at home just for the sheer pleasure of it. Play it loud!"