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Since going separate ways, Lisa has done quite a bit of work as the now familiar and haunting voice we sometimes hear in various movie soundtracks, including Gladiator. Brendan put out a solo album called "Eye of the Hunter" some years ago. It was a beautiful album, though certainly a departure from what people were used to from the master song writer of Dead Can Dance.
Brendan is back again, this time with a new contract with Cooking Vinyl records to do even more albums in the very near future.
The newest album, Ark, gives us an absolutely amazing soundscape more reminiscent of his work in Dead Can Dance, but with some pleasant new surprises along the way. Playing this album will sweep the listener up into other worlds, while still maintaining firm roots in planet earth. The album is at times dark, sometimes exotic, sometimes pessimistic, yet remaining hopeful.Read more ›
ARK is a dark, slow, brooding landscape of synthesizers and sequencers. All acoustic instruments on the album were played by Brendan alone and fed into a complex computer setup. The result, Perry explains, is meant to represent just how dependent we are on technology in this modern age, with potentially dehumanizing effects.
Perry's voice is in fine form here, just as solid as those early 1990s efforts like INTO THE LABYRINTH and the Tim Buckley covers that gained him a great deal of respect as a singer. Some of the songs here where he sticks to personal themes such as relationships or his fears for the future, have quite an emotional hit, namely "Wintersun", "Utopia" and "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea".
Besides the theme of the overwhelming pace of technological development, Brendan Perry also sings of political and religious disillusionment. Indeed, the first two songs are passionate statements against, respectively, US militarism in the Middle East and the false promises of politicians. The final track, "Crescent", is concered with religious extremism in what was once Mesapotamia, the cradle of civilization. Unfortunately, the album is lyrically something of a disappointment.Read more ›
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this is without a doubt a very beautiful listen. Brendan has the voice of a god or a wizard. a voice that just doesn't seem to come from the dull earth we know today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by km
I am a huge fan of Dead Can Dance, and love the many contributions Brendan Perry made to that collaboration, however, I have not typically been as engrossed in his solo albums. Read morePublished 16 months ago by BookishMommy
This is a review of Amazon's terrible MP3 release of this album. There does not appear to be any way to actually report this to Amazon, other than by writing this review you are... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Julia Wolf
i have seen dead can dance live and to hear his beautiful voice get political is s*** on this cd ...still live him he can have his views but without dead can dance eh
If you are looking for a soulful album that angelically explores the deeper side of the human condition in a world that is plagued by paradigms of corruption, greed, and lust for... Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by Dharmabum
His music transports me to my Utopia...like a fresh stream in the dystopia we all face in life in one way or another.
On so many levels..this music is amazing. Read more
This came right before DCD Anastasis and both are some of the best music they have made individually and as a teamPublished on October 2, 2013 by GEO