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Shelter ~ Alcest
Shelter ~ Alcest
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The opening moments of Shelter are tremendous. A spacious, reverberating thud of bass drum, the simple vocal melody, soaring into the fully blown ‘Opale’, a glorious breath of fresh air. It’s a positive and joyful experience every time. What makes it even more special, aside from the soulful instrumentation, is the other-language effect: making the voice an instrument that moulds with the music and allows the sound as a whole to be the focal point.

From ‘Opale’, the album continues with a consistent musical approach, a more polished and bright recording than previous releases, leaning heavily toward a ‘wall-of-sound’ production, and herein lies my disappointment with the album… Read more
Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea by Barbara Demick
This is a harrowing, and very human piece of journalism, focusing on the stories of several North Korean defectors. Written by Barbara Demick, the book offers a relentless attack on the Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-un years, and whilst not exactly enjoyable it is certainly a powerful and worthwhile read.

The tone of the book is cemented early on, where Demick paints the picture of a forbidden love between the classes, that can only take place in the pitch-black of the powerless North Korean nights. She writes, ' the middle of this black hole, in this bleak, dark country where millions have died of starvation, there is also love'. This is not a book that relies on detached,… Read more
Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for T&hellip by Sakyong Mipham
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A very enjoyable read; the style is easy to understand and certainly motivates the reader to want to acheive the benefits of running and meditation. It is also a book unarguably about both running and meditation: it wants you to be just as interested in both exercises.
One critisicm I could level at this short book is that, in terms of meditation, it by no means offers depth of instruction. Aside from some simple exercises described at the beginning of the book there is not much here in the sense of guidance, more of what can be achieved should you follow through and seek guidance. However, the book works wonderfully as a motivational tool in the simplest of its ideas; since reading… Read more

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