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Spleen And Ideal (Remastered)

June 2, 2008 | Format: MP3

$8.91
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 2, 2008
  • Release Date: June 2, 2008
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 2007 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 37:51
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00177E1PK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,581 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although they released their self-titled debut album in 1984, it was 1986's SPLEEN AND IDEAL which brought Dead Can Dance, the duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, into their distinctive style. The debut consisted of guitar-heavy 80s-mood pieces, but in SPLEEN AND IDEAL Lisa and Brendan make their first experiment in classical structures and unique songs.
The album opens with three songs centered around Lisa's voice over orchestral instruments, "De Profundis," "Ascension," and "Circumradiant Dawn." Then, Brendan Perry provides the first of his deeply philosophical songs in "The Cardinal Sin." The fifth track, "Mesmerism," features the last English lyrics Lisa ever sang with Dead Can Dance with her yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) accompaniment over a drum machine. "Enigma of the Absolute" is perhaps Perry's most lyrically perfect song. "Advent" is another Perry track, that features the most rock-like structure on the album. "Avatar" is Lisa's final contribution to the album, an Oriental trip through drums and yangqin that climaxes with a frenzy of Lisa's glossolalia. Finally, the album closes with "Indoctrination," which sums up well Perry's world-view during the early part of Dead Can Dance's career.
SPLEEN AND IDEAL is another one of the few albums that I own which is so consistent that I cannot name a bad track. It is one of Dead Can Dance's finest efforts, and definitely should be one of the first albums you pick up by this superbly talented duo.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chet Fakir on June 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Spleen and Ideal was the first DCD album I purchased, on cassette no less. And though I have have most of their recorded output this one, perhaps for sentimental purposes, perhaps not, is still my favorite. The spareness of the instrumentation, the wonderful world weary vocals of Brendan Perry and the strange almost Bulgarian womens choir like vocals of Lisa Gerard combine to make one of the most beautiful and atmospheric albums of the '80s. Exotic in all the right ways, it does what music should do: it takes me out of myself and presents new possibilities I never would have thought of on my own. Beautiful, elegiac and wonderous.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ken on February 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Their debut (which I still love just as much as their others) might have been the record where DCD were given the "gothic" tag with its minimal hunger and its mysterious tribal tendencies, but "Spleen & Ideal" was where DCD became orchestrated, lush... majestic. The word "ethereal" has been around for ages, but it seems custom-fit to describe the Dead Can Dance sound, especially beginning with what they were accomplishing from this LP onward. Mysterious and subtle keyboard-laden passages, laced with Lisa Gerrard's stream-of-consciousness vocals, are juxtaposed with Brendan Perry's confidant, unwavering, and powerful voice on the other, typically orchestrated and brass-and-string driven tracks. I think this was the LP that showed Dead Can Dance's transformation from the primitive to the worldly and sophisticated - a metamorphosis they recreated with every release afterwards.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mianfei on September 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Often acclaimed as their best album, 1985's "Spleen and Ideal" (the title coming from Charles Baudelaire) saw Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry develop one of the most enchanting and unique sounds ever to be put before the modern music world.

Though there are traces of the drum machines found on their debut, otherwise the instrumentation of "Spleen and Ideal" is entirely acoustic and horns have a prominent part, so much so that often "Spleen and Ideal" reminds one of funk slowed down to 10 beats per minute. The key thing is that this slowness, whilst it makes the music have little content at first listen, actually adds to the emotion and makes Brendan Perry's voice - which could easily be used for awful soul-pop in the vein of Joe Cocker - sound really passionate and so deeply melodic that it really hits your heart just as much Lisa's siren-like wail that actually is on "Mesmerism" very close to Liz Fraser.

The real gems that make "Spleen and Ideal" a remarkable album, however, are the first three tracks. "De Profundis" even features Andrew Hutton as Boy soprano and the incomprehensible yet twinkling vocals of Lisa Gerrard really cry despair. "Circumradiant Dawn" shows Lisa singing with even more passion, whilst the mainly instrumental "Ascension" features some of the most powerful, gut-wrenching, soulful horns you will ever hear.

After this, "Spleen and Ideal" become a little less inaccessible, but its slow, soulful passion remains a taste very difficult to acquire.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mike Chadwick on April 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
While Dead can dance's first album was already a magical gothic rock experience their second album brings their music to the heights of artistic perfection.
"de profundis" already shows band's new style - heavy medieval wall of sound,Lisa's etheral vocals and creepy atmosphere."ascension","Cumirant dawn","Mesmerism" are really scary and fascinating at the same time,while Brendan Perry's songs have got more traditional new wave rock feeling."The cardinal sin" is very hipnotising with it's dark lyrics,trumpets,gloomy bass riff and ocasionally played piano. "advent" is the most normal sounding song compared to the rest of album. "Indoctrination" is a great ending to the album.
TO be honest at first i didin't liked "spleen and ideal" as much as their other works.at first i thought it is too much raw and uncertain...but after few listenings i got addicted to it. i think that this is the music that you really love when you will already get into it.
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