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Kid Loco Presents Jesus Life for Children Under 12
Kid Loco Presents Jesus Life for Children Under 12
Offered by J4G
Price: 14.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm.... Loco, 4 Mar 2005
When people throw around the terms "ambient" or "chill-out" I`m pretty wary. What they`re often referring to is a compilation of anonymous tracks that undulate from the premise that the listener should be unaware of the music and individual tracks. This can lead to pretty inoffensive and forgettable music. Correct me if I`m wrong but music is all about human emotion, at least thats the idea, right??
Having just discovered this album I`m happy to say it definitely occupies other ground and pulses with emotion. "Jesus Life for Children Under" has a starting point and a finish. The music is never overstated and yet never distant. Kid Loco brings something unbelievably personal and familiar to the listener through this album. It`s both sad and sexy, quietly violent while seductively gentle and tender. The opening track "Viaduct" is perfectly placed to capture your attention with its sultry vocal before KL grabs your hand and plunges into a deep and warm pool of music and emotion he has crafted. KL alternates between trip-hop, orchestral tracks overlayed with pianos, and quiet samples and scratching. The vocals are regular but always understated with the highlight definitely being Pulp`s terrific "Little Soul" and Jarvis`s beautifully lazy lyrics. From here we`re on a livelier journey all the way to the end. "Youpi" pops its deranged little head up toward the end to let you know you`ve been listening to something a bit special!
I really love this album and I can only comment on the music I`ve listened to - so if you want to listen to good ambient music try Brian Eno and if you want to chill-out in style pickup the KLF`s "Chill Out". But if you`re looking for something new and you can listen to without effort but be fully engaged by, stick some money in the back pocket of Kid Loco by buying this one. He deserves it!!

Bells of Nagasaki (Japan's Modern Writers)
Bells of Nagasaki (Japan's Modern Writers)
by Takashi Nagai
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!, 26 Jun 2004
The Bells of Nagasaki documents one of the single most important events in human history, the dropping of the second atomic bomb on a Japanese city in August 1945. The ethical, environmental, and humanitarian impact of this momentus action cannot be fathomed, yet through this brief book we gain some appreciation of its consequences and ultimate meaning through the first-hand account of a Japanese physican, the author, who survived the bomb and subsequently worked to save his dying countrymen while his own body withered.
Takashi Nagai, a departmental head of the medical school of the University of Nagasaki and himself a nuclear physicist, walks us through a hellish landscape following the deployment of this new and terrific weapon. The city and people around him are instanteously erased, what has happened? The scenes detailed, the unimaginable human suffering and total desolation of a city that was moments ago thriving with life is beyond explanation, this must indeed be hell. However, Nagai immediately brings himself into reality through an understanding that he has a duty to fulfil. He and his surviving colleagues immerse themselves in aiding the sick, the mutilated, and the helpless with little regard for their own condition. Their devotion to aiding the dying is remarkable as much as his account of their grotesque injuries is harrowing.
Nagai confronts the atomic wilderness through the eyes of a Japanese "soldier" whose country has just surrendered, a nuclear physicist in awe of the perfection of the bomb, a physican treating and documenting illnesses never before witnessed, a humanitarian watching the protracted torture of his people, a widow, and devout Christian coming to terms with inexplicable suffering. Is there any future for humanity?
Ultimately he finds solace if not justification for the dropping of the bomb through his religion. Nagai remained in Nagasaki following the bomb, a violently ill man, to observe its latent effects and continue his meditations. He was increasingly a humanitarian with a message of peace and hope for the world and died in 1951 through his own injuries.
The Bells of Nagasaki should be read by all. It raises more questions than it can possibly answer. Is there hope for a humanity that develops, uses, and proliferates such a sickening device?
As Nagai states, "Grant that Nagasaki may be the last atomic wilderness in the history of the world".

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