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Anastasis

Dead Can DanceAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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On the cover of Anastasis, Dead Can Dance’s first album in 16 years: a field of sunflowers, ripened, and then blackened, by the sun, standing with sad, slightly crowned heads. Less dead than dormant, the heads and stems will one day be chopped, but then via the roots, will return. For Anastasis is the Greek word for ‘resurrection’ and the seemingly dead will dance ... Read more in Amazon's Dead Can Dance Store

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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pias America
  • ASIN: B008FOB124
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Children Of The Sun
2. Anabasis
3. Agape
4. Amnesia
5. Kiko
6. Opium
7. Return Of The She-King
8. All In Good Time

Editorial Reviews

The album is their first since 1996's Spiritchaser. The band, who embark on a world tour in August, have confirmed a show at the Royal Albert Hall on 26th October.

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
By Edel
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dead Can Dance always produced music that was timeless. It therefore strikes as an evidence that they should come back after a 16 years hiatus. Time has mended their differences, and they now appear as a mature musical couple only too happy to forget the bad memories to show that they have much pleasure creating beautiful music together.

The opening track, "Children Of The Sun", sung by Brendan Perry, introduces the general feel of the album. It is deliciously atmospheric. It is Dead Can Dance as a well-aged wine. Less extravagant than in the past but every bit as elaborate, it delivers a very satisfying feeling of plenitude. The tone of the album is given. Follows the slow and very easy to like "Anabasis" sung by Lisa Gerrard, and "Anastasis" slowly unfolds. It is no longer groundbreaking as their first albums were, more a voyage where they take us by the hand for a luxuriant visit into their sophisticated world.

Never production on a Dead Can Dance opus sounded so polished. Not a moment feels cheap or unchallenging to the ear. Both singers have exceptional voices that suit their style perfectly, and they are at their best here. Lisa Gerrard leads four songs (including one, the opulent "The Return Of The She-King" where her partner joins in at the end), as does Brendan Perry. Eight songs may seem on paper like too simple an effort after 16 years, but all songs are in the five to seven minutes range, and most importantly, there is a sense of unity, an "album feel", that is very powerful in this release. Where the old albums were always original, individual songs didn't always flow as strongly into a sense of unity proper to a definite album.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans Can Dance August 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It's been 16 years since the duo's last proper studio album. Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry's influence on music is hard to measure, but Dead Can Dance's treatment of world music can be felt far and wide. I'll admit, I was skeptical about the studio reunion ANASTASIS: after 16 years, how could the group possibly maintain their striking sound? Dead Can Dance's style is easily aped, and I feared of an album that featured the band simply going through the motions. I was wrong. ANASTASIS is a fantastic return to form for the duo.

Gerrard and Perry's vocal deliveries are strikingly different, and I feel the differences have grown wider only with timer. Brendan Perry's croon sounds now like an old worn catcher's mitt -- it's a comfortable fit, and while it might have some rough edges, it feels lived-in and experienced. Lisa Gerrard's voice, on the other hand, has a more traditionally elegaic quality to it; her singing often sounds transcendent. The two vocalists duet only once on this album: the penultimate track "Return of the She-King," which serves as one of the best songs on the album.

The opening "Children of the Sun" serves as a highlight track on the record. This atmospheric, Perry-sun track isn't just a good song for the band's album: it's a good song for the band's career. It also points out what may be a defining characteristic for this record: these songs aren't as textured or layered as some of the band's earlier work. This change, however, sees no real diminishing returns in terms of quality -- instead, it feels like the band is comfortable with their creations. They have nothing to prove. The songs of ANASTASIS sound much less like a band trying to imitate world music and more like a group profoundly inspired by traditional music from around the world.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've Still Got It August 14, 2012
By Billck
Format:MP3 Music
Amazing just like their other albums. Their vocals are still wonderfully surreal. While the music draws you into the mystical stories being told.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Return August 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After about my third listen to this album, I'm finding myself unable to stop.
It is amazing, in fact I would say better than most of their albums as it meets the mark in many aspects, and exceeds in others.

Firstly all of the songs are really well done, and have all the elegant compositional hooks and interesting rhythms you would expect from a Dead Can Dance album, from lush strings to epic horn phrases that seem to lift you as you hear Brandon Perry croon.

My favorite songs (so far) are the "Children of the Sun," an incredible Perry song, "Agape," a hypnotic middle-eastern dance song sung by Lisa Gerrard, and "Amnesia," which I think reminds me of the Brandon Perry of the pre-"Into the Labyrinth," years. Those are just my favorites. The rest of the album is gorgeous.

This album reminds me in many ways of their 1985 released Spleen and Ideal album, and I would even dare say it's better as the sound quality of Anastasis is very good. And yet still the elements that I enjoyed from their later albums in the 90's are apparent such as the complex primal rhythms. "Kiko," in that manner is quite a trip.

All in all an Excellent album! I'm happy they released it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expecting more from old friends December 11, 2012
By herbert
Format:Audio CD
Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard are capable of more in the recording department I think.. I feel this way for a few reasons.

This album has a much more pop-y feel to it than past albums.. at least a couple of the Brendan Perry-led pieces. I guess I understand that he has been more of a song writer in recent years, so that makes sense but it doesn't quite sound like a Dead Can Dance album..

It also seems like the songs are less of a collaborative effort and more of a partially joined collection of solo works.. Also some references to older works that I thought were kind of annoying.. There was the (over)use of the sample (sounds like a whale call or something) from 'Voyage of Bran', the second song on Brendan Perry's album Eye of the Hunter, used frequently in the song 'Agape'.. Is it okay to steal from your former work in this way? Aren't there other sounds that would have worked just as well, or better? In 'Children of the Sun' there is a reference to 'The Carnival is Over' when he says "our carnival's begun" or something.. Again, quoting one's former work is not necessary and a little annoying.. I also have a hard time getting used to Lisa Gerrard singing backup vocals near the end of 'Children of the Sun'.. just doesn't seem to fit somehow.. The song 'Agape' itself also sounds very similar to 'Shadow Magnet' from Lisa Gerrard's Duality..

There has also been a thread of some kind tying former albums together that is less evident here. like a feeling or a state of mind that the band was in during recording/writing. Certain influences can be deduced from listening to each album. Ancient Greece, Medieval, Renaissance, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and Australian aboriginal..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but certainly not what they used to be.
I think I'm a jaded fan from years gone by and I havent' been able to align myself with the paths they've gone down. I found this to be mediocre. Read more
Published 5 days ago by E. Jankowski
5.0 out of 5 stars from the desert
the desert opened up to me when i listened to this music, the vast spaces the widths of the world made clear.
Published 1 month ago by will crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome!!!
Superd CD and recording. Big fan of DCD and Brendan Perry solo as well. This is a spooky and haunting sounding CD and well recorded. Love it.
Published 2 months ago by Jason A. Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond your realm of Understanding
The music is just out of this world, lay in a dark room with just candle and trip off!!!! The sonic quality of this disc is just breathtaking, this is no SLOP JOB!!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Tony D. Piroli
5.0 out of 5 stars Get lost in this...
I read some critic's comment that said this was a hard album to listen to all at once...that the songs were long, etc. WHATEVER.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hair88
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Dead Can Dance is happily still in top form!

This is a great album whether you are a fan or someone new to this great band. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zach Storm
5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE A FINE WINE!
Into the Labyrinth and Spiritchasers WERE DCD's best until Anastasis. Can't believe there are any naysayers to this masterpiece. Must be listening to it on a mid-fi system or Dr. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan S.
5.0 out of 5 stars My second favorite DCD disk
Got this just as DCD went on tour and got to see them perform live. Now I have great memories everytime I hear this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JT, Book fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD
This is one of the best cd's that I have ever bought. It's already been listened to over 100 times. If you are a DCD fan, this is a must for your collection.
Published 6 months ago by Eddie
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay. Very compressed though.
This new DCD album hovers around DR6 the whole time going so far as DR4 which is not right for this type of music at all. The music itself isn't too bad if you know what to expect. Read more
Published 6 months ago by crank
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