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Dead Can Dance is considered the seminal example of the ethereal or heavenly voices genre. In fact, the name of the label, 4AD, which carried many of the 1990s DCD releases, is sometimes also used to describe this genre of music, which is a fusion of subtle electronics, vocals, drums, world music, and a near limitless count of instruments. Brendan Perry sometimes has been described as a gothic Frank Sinatra. Lisa Gerrard's enchanting vocals are often sung in a language only known to Lisa. I count myself among the many that hold these two musicians in the highest esteem.
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Compared to more recent albums that are loaded with bonus tracks, the 50-minutes of Into the Labyrinth would seem short, if it weren't for the fact that I like to listen to this album over and over again. I count this album as one of my all time favorites, and certainly my most prized Dead Can Dance CD.
One of the nicest things about this album is that it features nearly equal amounts of both Lisa's and Brendan's ghostly vocals. On some tracks they accompany each other, while others feature only one of the artist's chilling or mystical sounding vocals. Simply put, this is beautiful music to relax to. I honestly give this album my highest recommendations!
Two tracks I'd recommend sampling: "Towards the Within" (featuring Lisa's vox w/ Brendan backing) and "Tell Me About the Forest" (featuring Brendan's vox). I believe they best represent the range of songs you can expect with this album. Please note that while all the tracks feature vocals, the lyrics for only those sung in English are included in the liner notes.Read more ›
For those that are not familiar with DCD, doing a search for them, you will find reviews under "goth" "metal" "new word" "Neochristian" "alternative." The reasoning is that defining their music is indicative of the title of their second track "ubiquitous" (ala "The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove"). I first became acquainted with Dead Can Dance when a boyfriend played it for me, when I wanted a backdrop to camoflague any noise that a roommate might hear upstairs. "The ubitquitous mr. lovegrove" was the selection he selected. I got lost in the sound of it, and it wasn't until later that giving it another listen, that I understand the double-entrende in it and forshadowed the end of our relationship. Yet in that moment, I kind of got lost with it. The sound is intense and it ushers georgian chants (reminiscent of Benectdine monks) against an oboe, strings and percussion drum arrangements while Brendan talks about getting deceived and confronting his truths against lingering residual regret.Read more ›
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Terrific album from a band I have been following for years but never owned any of their music. They transport you out of your own world and into a realm of haunting beauty and... Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Amy Z.
Well done and has a few selections that I use for my dancers. Typical of what the group did but worth it.Published on December 18, 2013 by horsedancer