Various Artists

Inner Balance

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Inner Balance is a relaxation and meditation CD featuring contributions from such artists as Terry Oldfield, Lisa Lynne, Deuter, and James Asher. All are part of New Earth Recordings, a prominent new age music label based in New Mexico. As such, each selection shares similar elements, whether that's a contemplative flute (Lynne's "Natural World"), contemplative synth backgrounds ("Earth & Sky," from Oldfield), or playing reminiscent of contemporary instrumental, as on Asher's "Lotus Path." It's all very suitable for activities like yoga or massage, as the overall sound is very soothing, and the ethnic flavors remain interesting. Best might be "Gauranga Karuna" from Rasa, as its Bengali vocal drifts breathily over the subtle beats and melody.

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