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The Ultimate Most Relaxing New Age Music in the Universe

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With a name like The Ultimate Most Relaxing New Age Music in the Universe, Kin Kou's double-disc 24-track compilation of some of new age music's most serene moments should come with a warning sticker that says "do not play while operating a vehicle." While puffy-shirted legends like David Arkenstone, Kitaro, and Andreas Vollenweider lead the pack on this instrumental tour de force of non-power, it's the subtle work of lesser-known artists of the genre -- like Toshiyuki Watanabe, whose delicate "Falling Snow" is both sweet and sad -- that gives this soundtrack to heavily sanitized waiting rooms everywhere the power of its conviction.

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