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Times [Import]

LesiemAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000BW8B44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prudentia
2. Humilitas
3. Justita
4. Fides
5. Spes
6. Temparantia
7. Caritas
8. Patientia
9. Times
10. Vanitas
11. Invidia
12. Fortitudo
13. Bonitas
14. Enhancement - Fides (5.1 Surround Mix)

Editorial Reviews

Third album from German band Lesiem who combine Gregorian chants with modern electronic sounds. 'Born out of a male voice choir, whose experience is based on a 50 year tradition, Lesiem soars across the heavens with their own brand of mystic-pop. Combining Gregorian chants with worldbeat loops, guitars & dreamlike voices, Lesiem bring their own unique style of ancient tradition to the modern world.' - Lesiem website. EMI. 2004.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Times" seems to be the German-packaged version of Lesiem's third CD, released in the States with different cover art as "Auracle." The songs are the same, although they are presented in a different order, and a bonus DTS repetition of the song "Fides" is included on "Times." Overall, I have to say that I prefer the track order of "Times," which opens with a much more intriguing piece ("Prudentia") than does "Auracle." Neither version of the disc, however, was quite what I'd expected from Alex Wende, Henning Westland, Sven Meisel and company as a follow up to "Mystic Spirit Voices" and "`Illumination." Gone is much of the dark, brooding, almost Wagnerian atmosphere, replaced instead by many pieces in a major key that feature simplistic pop vocals. The glorious, deep-voiced choir drops in and out between the solo verses and voiceovers, but it's not as much the focus that it was in previous albums. I miss that. Granted, the insistent, Celtic-style drumwork that crops up in several pieces is a welcome addition to Lesiem's sound. And the happy, new melodies are nice enough, sticking pleasantly in one's memory after a few listens. But that's not what made Lesiem stand out so strikingly from all the other groups out there. "Times" (and/or "Auracle") is a worthy work in its own right, with high production values, impeccable musicianship and lots of heart. But compared to the group's preceding albums, it's hard not to view it as a bit watered down. For other uplifting Latin chants with modern underpinnings, try "Vision: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen," arranged and enhanced by Richard Souther, and "Libera," the luminous, self-titled debut album of Robert Prizeman and his talented boy choir.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gregorian Meets The 21st Century February 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
From the first few notes of the very first track, I was hooked on LESIEM! The vocal quality, the orchestrations, the mixdowns and the tunes themselves all combine to bring Gregorian-style chant into the 21st century. I am a fan of the artists ERA, E. S. Posthumus, Pilgrimage, Magna Canta, Gregorian and others; LESIEM fits well within that genre I like to call "Classical 21st Century". LESIEM's style is that of power, intensity and movement. The interplay of the chorus with the instrumentation is masterful! Caution: even though there are several CDs of their work, there is some duplication of previous tunes on later CDs. Don't buy a CD just because it has a new name and cover-art. :-) However, you will NOT be disappointed with ANYthing by LESIEM.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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"Times" seems to be the German-packaged version of Lesiem's third CD, released in the States with different cover art as "Auracle." The songs are the same, although they are presented in a different order, and a bonus DTS repetition of the song "Fides" is included on "Times." Overall, I have to say that I prefer the track order of "Times," which opens with a much more intriguing piece ("Prudentia") than does "Auracle." Neither version of the disc, however, was quite what I'd expected from Alex Wende, Henning Westland, Sven Meisel and company as a follow up to "Mystic Spirit Voices" and "`Illumination." Gone is much of the dark, brooding, almost Wagnerian atmosphere, replaced instead by many pieces in a major key that feature simplistic pop vocals. The glorious, deep-voiced choir drops in and out between the solo verses and voiceovers, but it's not as much the focus that it was in previous albums. I miss that. Granted, the insistent, Celtic-style drumwork that crops up in several pieces is a welcome addition to Lesiem's sound. And the happy, new melodies are nice enough, sticking pleasantly in one's memory after a few listens. But that's not what made Lesiem stand out so strikingly from all the other groups out there. "Times" (and/or "Auracle") is a worthy work in its own right, with high production values, impeccable musicianship and lots of heart. But compared to the group's preceding albums, it's hard not to view it as a bit watered down. For other uplifting Latin chants with modern underpinnings, try "Vision: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen," arranged and enhanced by Richard Souther, and "Libera," the luminous, self-titled debut album of Robert Prizeman and his talented boy choir.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Lesiem release March 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Different than Mystic Spirit Voices and Chapter II but in a very good way. Lesiem seems to be moving more towards pop and away from chant, though the chanting is still there and used to good effect. As in the previous releases sonics are excellent and there is some amazing low bass if you have a capable audio system. Great female vocals also thanks to Maggie Reilly. Favorite tracs are Humilitas (3), Caritas (7), and Invidia (11). The latter is really powerful, combining some rather angry sounding chant vocals with awesome bass chords, particularly at the beginning and end of the song. Track 14 is recorded in DTS format, it plays as high level static on players that cannot decode the digital stream!
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