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Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance
August 24, 2010, 04:34:40 PM
What album or albums are especially recommended?

Re: Dead Can Dance
August 24, 2010, 04:38:33 PM
The first three are by far the most essential, culminating with "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun". Listen to them chronologically.

Re: Dead Can Dance
August 24, 2010, 06:26:54 PM
I downloaded their first and Serpent's Egg. Serpent's Egg is 10 times better

Re: Dead Can Dance
August 24, 2010, 09:26:17 PM
Spleen & Ideal, Realm of a Dying Sun, Serpant's Egg, and Aion are all equal in my book, though with different strengths and weaknesses.  Way too watered down with "world music" after that.  The first album was good, and will be enjoyable after hearing their more definitive work, but it plays more like a well done genre-album as opposed to art standing on it's own.

Re: Dead Can Dance
August 25, 2010, 02:33:24 AM
Spleen and Ideal is shifty leading me to believe Gerrard and Perry had their own concept albums in mind; concepts they saw through successfully but too much at odds with one another to even consider an all-encompassing vision they may have once shared. I appreciate Gerrard's contribution on a different level as Perry at times is bordering mainstream.

This could probably be said of all their albums.

Re: Dead Can Dance
August 25, 2010, 03:16:26 AM
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun - strongest, most consistent, development from one song to the next follows a seamless path, transforming individual songs that might otherwise be considered boring into a singular masterpiece. Easily their most dramatic album, as well as their best paced; the music swings between marked senses of bliss and desperation, and unfolds gradually enough to have you take notice of everything yet readily enough that you don't switch to something else.

Garden of the Arcane Delights EP - short but sweet, very direct with no extra trimmings to distract from the core essence, their most successful capturing of sonic mysticism.

Spleen and Ideal - powerfully built summoning of an otherworldly magnificience and a long-dead spirit, becomes so embroiled in this pursuit it showcases its own inadequacy in comparison to what it pursues - but this may be to the album's benefit by allowing the weakness/short-sightedness of being a human to emphasize the grandiosity and perfection of inhuman things, and if so, this is probably their best.

Dead Can Dance - although heavily mainstream compared to most of their other work, this is by no means weak. It would be their best, and could have itself created a legacy for the band, if not for the fact that they followed it with several albums that were even better. Uncompromisingly expressive, suffocatingly atmospheric, very direct yet somehow still manages to leave a desire for knowledge of vague things.

The Serpent's Egg - although opening with the most astonishing song in the band's career, the rest of the album can not live up to it. Good overall, but this is where self-involvement started to become a problem for the band, showing the beginnings of an inability to move beyond themselves, instead of a tool they used to explore inner worlds. Very uneven too.

Toward the Within - although a live album, it is primarily composed of songs that do not have studio versions, and audience presence is virtually nonexistent. Material is strong, but by this point in the band's career, starting to sound standard. Excellent piece, but no longer essential.

Aion - Differences in Gerard's and Perry's working styles had obviously taken their toll by this point. Although the  new attention given to Renaissance music was interesting, and much of the material is still as energetic and impactive as ever, the numinous essence of their earlier works has disappeared entirely. Here the band stopped being a channeler of ultimacy, and started being merely a re-enactor the past. Humanity itself has become the focus

Into the Labyrinth - radio-friendly stylings, much simpler and more straightforward than anything else they've done. Plenty of good material is still present, but overall this is not required listening. Showcases just how much the band changed when compared to the self-titled debut, which was also radio-friendly but managed to retain its vigor uncompromised.

Spiritchaser - little more than tribal rhythms; nothing the band has ever done is bad outright, and in some ways this is more interesting than Into the Labyrinth. However, overall it is the band's weakest as it has little to offer that goes beyond face value. Still well-done compared to the rest of the music in the world, but for DCD this is very bad.

Re: Dead Can Dance
August 28, 2010, 03:16:35 PM
Gentlemen:  thank you.  Istaros:  that was above and beyond the call of duty.  Thank you greatly.

Re: Dead Can Dance
August 29, 2010, 03:30:34 PM
Since we're on the topic, I highly suggest that you check out Akrabu, http://www.myspace.com/akrabu777

Not only do they cover a nice take on a DCD track, this man's music is pretty damn good as well.