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Dr Dee, a new studio album by Damon Albarn, will be released May 8 by Virgin Records on CD, vinyl, and digital download.
Dr Dee is an 18 track work inspired by the life of John Dee (1527-1608), mathematician, alchemist, philosopher and advisor to Elizabeth I. Dee is a singular enigma: an Englishman so influential that he defined how we measure years, so quintessential that he lives on in Shakespeare's words; yet so shrouded in mystery that he's fallen from the very pages of history itself.
Described by Albarn as "strange pastoral folk," the music of Dr Dee is a fitting companion to the end of another Elizabethan age. The album combines Albarn's voice with early English choral and instrumentation alongside modern, West African and Renaissance sounds. Dr Dee was recorded late last year in Albarn's West London studio and also in Salford with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The album was mixed by Valgeir Sigursson in Reykjavik.
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Dr Dee is not one of them. I love music that is experimental, melodic and beautiful, but above all I love music that doesn't play it safe. Dr Dee is anything but safe. A lot of people will find this a difficult album to enjoy. It doesn't tick any of the standard boxes for mass market consumption and would get no where with a judging panel that normally sits on Idol or any other talent show. If I had to describe the style I guess I could say that if you're at all familiar with the work of Henry Purcell, then you could safely regard Dr Dee as 'Henry Purcell Part 2'. Clearly, Damon was copying Purcell's work, while at the same time adding a modern freedom of expression in its challenging styles and experimentation.
like most people, i LOVE when i'm right. :-)
i find this project to be truly special. there are more than a few goose-bump moments. the man can sing...really sing. the man can write melodies like few others.
i was very late coming to blur. i didn't understand any of it until the "blur" album and didn't really go crazy for them until "13." at that point, i backed up and gave the britpop-era music a fresh listen, and then "think tank" came out. i ended up with a high opinion of damon albarn...a very high opinion indeed. then there was mali music, the good, the bad, and the queen, the soundtrack work, gorillaz, the monkey opera, and rocket juice and the moon,...
i think he's more than proven himself. i was still a bit nervous about this one, though.....but all it took was one listen. it's a total listening experience, and it's beautiful.
it's not blur, so if you're expecting that glorious noise that graham coxon provides, you'll be disappointed. but if you're expecting a beautifully written, beautifully executed song cycle (rather quiet with some operatic flourishes), you'll be thrilled.
i hate this review that i've just written, but i truly do love this piece of work. i see that it only has five reviews, and i was hoping to encourage others to give it a chance. maybe one day i'll look into who this dr. dee man was, but, in the meantime, i've got a new favorite cd.