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  • Audio CD (September 2, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Earth Records
  • ASIN: B0000C2389
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Guaranga Karuna
2. Ar Koto Kal
3. Narada Muni
4. Jaya Radha
5. Panduranga
6. Arunodaya
7. Dainyatmika
8. Vaishnava Vijnapti

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Combining superb musicianship with passionate vocals, RASA creates a sound that is timeless and tranformative, devotional and creative, evocative and soothing - a mystical prayer that taps into an ancient well of spiritual wisdom, touching upon the soul's need for transcendence. With accompaniment from cello, sarangi, nyckelharpa, and sitar.

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Rarely have prayers to Krishna sounded so serene and so sensual at the same time. This is the fourth album from Rasa, the duo of singer Kim Waters and multi-instrumentalist Hans Christian. Overall, there's little to differentiate this disc from the other three. Waters sings Indian chants and prayers in a voice that is soothing and serene, like velvet smoke curling around these adapted melodies. Using sophisticated programming, cello, electric bass, Indian sarangi, and Swedish nyckelharpa, Christian embeds her voice in translucent layers. Each time he touches an instrument, adding it to his textured arrangements, it's like unlocking the key to a serpentine journey. He also brings the rhythms slightly to the fore, reinforcing the tablas of Girish Gambhira with subtle electronica grooves. But there's no thud-thud, four-on-the-floor sell-out to a dance music subset. Waters's voice is so serene and the grooves so relentlessly languid that Shelter becomes like a long bath. Soothing, even enlightening, but the skin gets wrinkled if you stay with it too long. --John Diliberto

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It is so beautiful to listen to and very relaxing for me.
Stacy
This album is a journey into the soul of India and it brings the listener into the quiet realms of inner peace and contentment.
Robert Williams
This is some of the most peaceful and relaxing music I have ever heard.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brianna Neal on January 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This, Rasa's third studio recording, finds them with a new label, more contemporary beats, and a wider range of approaches to their distinctive fusion music. Hans Christian and Girish Gambhira weave exotic instrumental tapestries on cello, sarangi, nyckelharpa, sitara, bass, usu, frame drums, shakers, synthesizers, tablas and mridangam as Kim Waters' light, mellow voice floats above them, singing devotional songs derived from the Indian tradition of Vaishnava. For only three musicians, even with overdubbing on multiple tracks, this incarnation of Rasa has a rich intensity of sound. Some of the tracks on "Shelter" are truly striking, such as the deep and moving "Gauranga Karuna", the ever-developing "Jaya Radha", and "Narada Muni, with its explorations of harmonic complexity and cool duets for strings (I'm betting it's the Indian sarangi and Scandinavian nyckelharpa playing, but they blend so well it's hard to tell!). "Arunodaya" is another interesting one--a bouncy, cheerful piece that seems to reinvent "Jiv Jago", a track from two albums ago, albeit in another key. The other selections, however, seem to revert back to Rasa's debut album in a different way--despite the addition of more contemporary backup techniques, the compositions lack that satisfying sense of harmonic and textural progression developed in the group's second recording, "Union". To be fair, this may be by design, since the music is designed to be a meditational aid, but when listening to songs that are so lushly and interestingly textured, I suppose I find more inspiration in being musically moved than musically lulled. If you like the work of Rasa, you may also enjoy another world fusion group with similar qualities: Vas, with singer/hammered-dulcimer player Azam Ali and percussionist Greg Ellis.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Destin on March 27, 2004
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Once upon a time in the 80's, a series of chants came forward out of Arizona. These were called, "Healing Sounds of the Ancients" and they reflected the successful attempt of devotional musicians to touch into the love of Source via a Master and translate this energy into music. I have not heard (or felt) the effects of such an accomplishment since...until Rasa's Shelter. This album invites the listener to put everything aside and lift off into the energy of absolute love. The album can be examined for its technical merit (which is superb); it can be compared to earlier albums (also excellent) or other artists. For me, it stands alone as a consummate "heart-opener." I just ordered 15 copies for participants at a workshop I'm giving next week......
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Om... on November 6, 2003
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although this is their latest release, it is the first rasa album i've heard. and i adored every lovely second of it. since then i've purchased the 'live in concert' album and immediately fell in love with it as well. rasa has quickly become a personal favorite - i can't wait to see them live!!
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Rasa's Shelter is a profoundly beautiful album. In it Kim Waters and Hans Christian create a synthesis of voice and spitit that elevates the soul to astral plateaus rich with a peaceful sonic delight. The deep flavor of spititual India floats through each and every track bringing a divine sensual pleasure to the senses. The tracks are eight to nine minutes, allowing for a complete immersion of the senses.

Songs by Kim Waters are sung in Bengali and Sanskrit, however, one need not comprehend these ancient languages to enjoy Kim's sweet angelic voice and the flowing rhythums that sweep the listener into a soft sacred devotional mist.

German born Hans Christian plays the cello, sarangi, nyckelarpa, sitara, bass, udu, frame drums, shakers, and textures.

While some songs are strictly Indian in composition and sound, other tracks like 6, Arunodaya have a distinctly celtic flavor. The 2003 release, Shelter is perhaps even more calming and beautiful than their 2001 debut album, Devotion, which was immensely popular and pleasing to me.

This album is a journey into the soul of India and it brings the listener into the quiet realms of inner peace and contentment.
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By Stacy on February 23, 2014
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I love this CD. It is so beautiful to listen to and very relaxing for me. I would recommend this CD to others.
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kIM wATER'S voice is absolutely angelic, and the compositions and arrangements are first class. This is some of the most peaceful and relaxing music I have ever heard. Excellent for meditation.
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