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First album in 16 years! Dead Can Dance (sometimes referred to as DCD) is a world fusion music band that formed in Melbourne, Australia, in August 1981, by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. The band relocated to London in May 1982 and disbanded in 1998. Their 1996 album Spiritchaser reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top World Music Albums Chart. Australian music historian Ian McFarlane described Dead Can Dance as having an ambient style of world music that "constructed soundscapes of mesmerising grandeur and solemn beauty.
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i know everything is subjective but I must say if you just listen to pop music then sure, you may not relate to this incredible collection of originality. Just put the music on and get lost in it! I hear something different everytime I listen to this album.
I hear the loving committment Brendan and Lisa shower each vocal note with..making each word and note count as if it were the only in existence. Their respect and reverence of the cultures they've so aptly studied shines through in the percussion...so precise but so soulful! They are experts..and wrote the book..on blending ancient riffs and landscape with their unique modern groove. NO ONE else makes music like this. Anabasis is my favorite..Kiko is nothing short of amazing..and Brendan on Amnesia makes me just stop whatever I'm doing and absorb his message..as I guess I do with all of his songs.
They are a blessing to all of us who are smart enough to let music transport our hearts, souls and minds.
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. There was sometimes a feeling that each song had its determined personality, and contrast between each song was looked after as much as album cohesion. With "Anastasis", there is a more definite sense of musical entity, and while ethnic flavors are very present (Middle Eastern in "Agape" or Irish in "The Return Of The She-King"), it all blends majestically together into a consistent and coherent mood - and a sumptuous album.
Repeat auditions of Dead Can Dance's long-awaited reunion album have only managed to reinforce my spontaneous conviction that indeed it was worth waiting sixteen years.
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. This album transports listeners to Egypt, Turkey, Ireland, Russia, and beyond. The orchestration of "Opium" is sweeping and hard to not get lost in. The final track features one of Perry's best performances on the album in "All in Good Time."
While I don't feel like it quite reaches the heights of the group's earlier work, ANASTASIS is a phenomenal reunion album. Long-time fans of Dead Can Dance should absolutely love this album; newcomers to the band would also do well to start listening here. Much of what made Dead Can Dance so powerful is representative on this record. Essential tracks to sample/download: "Return of the She-King," "All in Good Time," and "Children of the Sun."