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Note to Deborah and Valerie: Leave the singing to the bowls!
on November 21, 2006
The worst thing about this cd is that the women who play the bowls, decided they could write music and sing. So what we end up with are half the tracks ruined by this annoying repetitive "melody" - pretty much the same one, over and over - and vocalizations taht are more annoying than relaxing or uplifting.
There are two good tracks here, track 4, which is almost 16 minutes, and is pure bowls with a running stream sound which is very relaxing. Then there is track 1, which is pure bowls. But Track 2 is not music at all but rather one of the women talking about the bowls. Then, track 3 is a guided meditation. Way too much talking and not enough singing bowls. As a meditation it's okay, I guess, but there are better cd's for guided meditations if that's what you're after. The rest of the tracks are marred by the crappy vocalizations.
On a positive note, I have one of the Crystal Voices other cd's, "Sounds of Light", which is excellent - all bowls, no singing, and no talking.
WARNING: If you are expecting nice bell or chime sounds, like wind chimes, you may not like this. The crystal bowls create a deep resonating sound, sort of a cross between a buzz and a hum with overtones of the sound going on for a long time, where you may see it as a background "noise". Some people are not going to like this. For me it can be annoying at times, but most of the time I find it relaxing. I do believe there is something scientifically relaxing and spiritual about these sounds and I would like to see some research being done on the effects of these sounds, and Tibetan Bowls sounds as well.
Bottom line: Buy "Sounds of Light" instead.