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Into the Labyrinth [Import]

Dead Can DanceAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 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 (September 14, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: September 14, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B000002MM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
2. The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove
3. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
4. The Carnival Is Over
5. Ariadne
6. Saldek
7. Towards The Within
8. Tell Me About The Forest (You Once Called Home)
9. The Spider's Stratagem
10. Emmeleia
11. How Fortunate The Man With None

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Dead Can Dance Into The Labyrinth Mexican CD album

Their goth-sounding name and dour visual image aside, the prolific duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard produce wildly eclectic but utterly unique music. Their painstakingly crafted albums encompass numerous arcane genres, from European classical music to ancient Celtic and Middle Eastern folk styles, often employing authentic antique instruments to achieve their ambitious, emotive soundscapes. The 1993 effort Into the Labyrinth found Dead Can Dance mixing their medieval leanings with more exotic Eastern influences on "Saldek" and "Yulunga," while exploring Celtic balladry on the traditional "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" and theatrical songcraft in their interpretation of Bertolt Brecht's "How Fortunate Is the Man with None." --Scott Schinder

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Dead Can Dance Album November 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
About the Band:

Dead Can Dance is considered the seminal example of the ethereal or heavenly voices genre. In fact, the name of the label, 4AD, which carried many of the 1990s DCD releases, is sometimes also used to describe this genre of music, which is a fusion of subtle electronics, vocals, drums, world music, and a near limitless count of instruments. Brendan Perry sometimes has been described as a gothic Frank Sinatra. Lisa Gerrard's enchanting vocals are often sung in a language only known to Lisa. I count myself among the many that hold these two musicians in the highest esteem.

About the Album:

Compared to more recent albums that are loaded with bonus tracks, the 50-minutes of Into the Labyrinth would seem short, if it weren't for the fact that I like to listen to this album over and over again. I count this album as one of my all time favorites, and certainly my most prized Dead Can Dance CD.

One of the nicest things about this album is that it features nearly equal amounts of both Lisa's and Brendan's ghostly vocals. On some tracks they accompany each other, while others feature only one of the artist's chilling or mystical sounding vocals. Simply put, this is beautiful music to relax to. I honestly give this album my highest recommendations!

Two tracks I'd recommend sampling: "Towards the Within" (featuring Lisa's vox w/ Brendan backing) and "Tell Me About the Forest" (featuring Brendan's vox). I believe they best represent the range of songs you can expect with this album. Please note that while all the tracks feature vocals, the lyrics for only those sung in English are included in the liner notes.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Dead Can Dance fans. August 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There are a few artists today that you can plug in to and fully appreciate a composer's marriage of lyrics against musical arrangements. Tori gets it, Trent Reznor will bathe you in it and Chris Martin is the most authentic about what it all means. Yet Dead Can Dance is the most creative and risky, with it's unpredictable presentation and delivery. It does not stick to one predictive rhythm or precussion beat; it takes risks with different languages, draws passage from hymnals and reinassiance literature and retells it or adds a musical arrangement that is unyielding and unapologetic with the antagonist and protagonist in their story telling and conclusions in their music. "Into the Labyrinth" and "The Spirit Chaser" are must haves for any Dead Can Dance fan.

For those that are not familiar with DCD, doing a search for them, you will find reviews under "goth" "metal" "new word" "Neochristian" "alternative." The reasoning is that defining their music is indicative of the title of their second track "ubiquitous" (ala "The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove"). I first became acquainted with Dead Can Dance when a boyfriend played it for me, when I wanted a backdrop to camoflague any noise that a roommate might hear upstairs. "The ubitquitous mr. lovegrove" was the selection he selected. I got lost in the sound of it, and it wasn't until later that giving it another listen, that I understand the double-entrende in it and forshadowed the end of our relationship. Yet in that moment, I kind of got lost with it. The sound is intense and it ushers georgian chants (reminiscent of Benectdine monks) against an oboe, strings and percussion drum arrangements while Brendan talks about getting deceived and confronting his truths against lingering residual regret.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An altogether excellent release. December 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It is interesting that opinions on this release are so polarised between either highly congratulatory or greatly disappointed. As with any music that exhibits such an individual character, the ingrained likes and dislikes of the individual listener are a larger deciding factor than usual. Many 'rock attuned' listeners prefer the more 'singular' focus of Aion or The Serpents Egg, The Goth/Dark wave set (predicably) err in favour of Dying Sun etc.
This is a very eclectic album, when measured against the earlier records. 'Ambitious' is a label that comes to mind, and this can be a dangerous road for a musical artist to tread. On one hand is the possibility of a groundbreaking achievement, on the other extreme, a self-indulgent, flatulent output bogged down in cliché' despite it's lofty aspirations. (And the middle, the 'interesting failure'- a rather flat-footed achievement.)
My opinion, I consider this to be an EXCELLENT album, although this CD took a long time to really grow on me, as it has doubtless done for many others. Ironic that another reviewer voiced a dislike of the 'pop structure' of some of the songs, because this music does not function in the same manner as pop song writing despite that influence. This stuff really needs to be listened to a lot more than once or twice and digested slowly. Like all 'serious' art (an interpretive category, admittedly) the listener only walks away with what they make the effort to invest in the experience. Anyway, lets say SOMETHING about the music.....
'Yulunga' - A longish work that creates a somewhat lysergic quality, a slow moving but forceful mood-setter for the album.
'Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove' - 'love song' in a way, though not in the conventional sense. The signature wind melody recalls something of 'Aeon'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extraordinary record.
Published 2 months ago by Durval da Rocha Carvalho
5.0 out of 5 stars Add To Your Music Collection Right Now!
Terrific album from a band I have been following for years but never owned any of their music. They transport you out of your own world and into a realm of haunting beauty and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amy Z.
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Well done and has a few selections that I use for my dancers. Typical of what the group did but worth it.
Published 10 months ago by horsedancer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic melodies
The gifted singer featured on this CD seems to be channeling Jim Morrison of the Doors. I didn't believe in reincarnation until now.
Published 14 months ago by Suzanne C Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
When asked to describe Dead Can Dance's sound I have trouble. I love that it's so different. You can either sit and chill sipping wine or go buckwild listening to this.
Published 18 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing experience
I don't know how I managed to miss Dead Can Dance for so many years. Really amazing. I am now collecting each of their albums, and enjoying each very much.
Published 22 months ago by John Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars album you must hear !!
Dead Can Dance - Into The Labrynth , 1993 SACD

Over the past 10 years I have been slowly re-building my Dead Can Dance discography but after reading all the stunning... Read more
Published 23 months ago by James W. Unger
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Labyrinth by Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance's Into the Labyrinth is a unique blend of what I call world music, as each piece seems to be taken from several sections of the world, giving homage to those areas... Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by Daners
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dead Can Dance Album
This is one of my favorite Dead Can Dance albums. Its a mix of goth and world music. Most of the songs have a strong middle eastern influence and sound and Lisa's singing is... Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Chad Radford
5.0 out of 5 stars dead can dance
A haunting album that I listened to over and over.
Not sure why the two voices and unique sensibility creates such magic but it does.
Published on April 21, 2012 by staats
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