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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ark 21
  • ASIN: B000068TMR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shantell Powell on July 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Zen & the Art of Chilling Vol. 2 is vastly superior to Vol. 1. In my opinion, the first CD was mostly boring, with a few standout tracks. This time around, it's mostly excellent tracks with only a couple boring ones.
Middle Eastern and North African rhythms and instrumentation dominate, this time around. Turkish, Algerian, and Egyptian music seem to be the new trend, usurping the electronic tinged bhangra and qawwali of India and Pakistan.
The CD opens with the gorgeous vocals of Natacha Atlas. "Ana" is a slow piece by Transglobal Underground, and it's a beautiful song. It is ideal for the taxim section of a raqs sharqi routine, or for just chilling.
Balthazar's "Gypsy Tears" follows, and although it isn't one of my favourite tracks, it is good. Sad Rom violins pair with worldbeat keyboards and percussion to make pleasant background music.
"Un Ange en Paix" is next, by Amina featuring Zohar. Although I didn't care much for either Amina or Zohar's solo albums, I do like the work they do together. This track sounds much like Algeria meets Paris. The music (and lyrics) are very French cafe, but the singing scale is Arabic.
Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell follow up with "Radio Axiom (Alsema Dub)" which has a happy, African sound to it with heavy background bass.
The next few songs are triphop tinged with various world music. "Paths" by Robert Miles is triphop with a Gypsy feel. This is an interesting pairing of sounds, and the vocalist reminds me a little bit of Bjork. FJ Rehmi's "Invisible Rain" also has a triphop sound. This time, it's paired with Indian tablas and sampled voices. Although it's not a bad song, I find it less interesting than "Paths". Boyb Holroyd's "The Spaces In-Between" also uses a triphop rhythm with Chinese music and jazz.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on December 12, 2002
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This is a compilation that will take you on a magical musical journey without leaving the confines of your cozy habitat. It is full of Middle Eastern music and other world music adventures . All the songs are obviously on the mellow side, made clear by the title and puntuated by the backbeats, jazzy riffs, bleeps and dropouts manipulated electronically as the non-Western instruments and vocals dart in and out for a relaxing effect. If you like dub and electro-jazz mixed with your exotic sitars and tablas than you are going to like this magic carpet ride. The disc has a flow and continuity to it rarely found in compilations. Beginning with the vocals of Natasha Atlas and the Transglobal Underground, the album begins like a morning prayer, slowly cascading into a droning echoing trance that is sudenly the beginning of the third track! The transition between songs is barely noticeable and the result is a cohesive soundtrack to your zen moments. The flow and continuity are one of the strengths of this disc along with the choice of music. One complaint I have for this beautiful bit of artistry is that there is very little information about the featured artists. There is credit given to the writers of the songs and sometimes a mention of where the song was taken from but there just isn't enough background information. For example on "Ana" no mention is made of who sings but in this case I fortunatley knew it was Natasha Atlas; sometimes a mention of the group is given only without who is actually singing. Maybe in the collective spirit of things it just isn't important.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arlo Vortex on November 8, 2004
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I've had this CD for a few months and listened to it a few times as background music when people were over. Even though everyone asks me who it is and tell me how much they love it, I haven't yet distinguished it from the Trance Planet compilations which are sporatic and others. Until last night when I listened to it by myself. Wow. Every track is absolutely excellent. Except the Bill Laswell tune which is truly obnoxious. Great flow, worldly, electronic with a traditional indigenous feel. Definitely get it. I've just ordered Zen #1. I hope it fares as well as this.
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By S. grant on July 13, 2008
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Zen...2 has a different vibe from 1. More European more pop. Inverno followed with Sketches of Egypt followed with Deniz is very dramatic. The downtempo of Vol 1 is replaced by a nod to 80's pop. A touch over the top/camp. Even the laswell/wobble selection is pretty upbeat! Nothing Hartlepool. A theatrical sidestep from Vol 1. Nice but don't expect it to take you where the first vol went. This is Zen as in not. Probably why there hasn't been a Vol 3.
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