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On the cover of Anastasis, Dead Can Dance’s first album in 16 years: a field of sunflowers, ripened, and then blackened, by the sun, standing with sad, slightly crowned heads. Less dead than dormant, the heads and stems will one day be chopped, but then via the roots, will return. For Anastasis is the Greek word for ‘resurrection’ and the seemingly dead will dance ... Read more in Amazon's Dead Can Dance Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: [PIAS] Recordings
  • ASIN: B008DNNX6O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Children Of The Sun
2. Anabasis
3. Agape
4. Amnesia
5. Kiko
6. Opium
7. Return Of The She - King
8. All In Good Time

Product Description

anastasisdead can dance (artista) | formato: audio cddescrizionecanzoni1. "children of the sun" 7:332. "anabasis" 6:503. "agape" 6:544. "amnesia" 6:365. "kiko" 8:016. "opium" 5:447. "return of the she-king" 7:518. "all in good time" 6:37

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Simon Hall on 13 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
First up, let me say that I have been a devoted fan of DCD since the early 1980s, and I have all their solo recordings (although not all of Gerrard's many film scores) too. So this is a great year for me: a new album and a world tour.

I was tempted to say that the title of the review is enough: if you know the band, you will know what you're getting. However, that's not enough, for two reasons. Firstly, which DCD is this? The goth orchestral group of Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun (Remastered), the medieval group of Aion or the world music mashup group of Spiritchaser (Answer, it's the latter)? Secondly, it's been so long since the last album that a whole generation has grown up without the band that it's worth writing a more extensive review in the hope that others will discover a truly unique band.

Dead Can Dance are Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. Gerrard is a singer with an almost supernatural voice - her range and ability to change tone make her virtually incomparable in 'popular' music - only Elizabeth Fraser comes close. She is also now an accomplished composer and collaborator, her work on the Gladiator soundtrack being her big breakthrough.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Oostrijck on 5 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is music for the soul and it is just as good as anything they have released before. Almost a masterpiece and a very welcome return to form. But then again, they have never let me down and they have never released a bad album, so this was to be expected. If you like Dead Can Dance, there really is no reason to hesitate and not buy this cd. It's great and moving.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vitamino on 26 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
They're back. Big majestic sound - check! Portentous doomy chords - check! Ultra-lush production values with reverb set to 'large galaxy' - check! Self-deprecating sense of humour - what?

What else can explain the truly bonkers lyrics? After all this time Brendan must have had a chance to observe DCD from the outside and been granted some form of objectivity. Because straight away with opening track we get these lines:

We are ancients
As ancient as the sun
We came from the ocean
Once our ancestral home
So that one day
We could all return
To our birthright
The great celestial dome

Bloody hilarious. A wonderful, overblown, pompous satire on the DCD of old delivered with his trademark voice which is less Zeus of Mt Olympus and more Graham of Surbiton.

But who cares when it's all this wonderful? Track 3 entitled 'Agape' is a good example of the stately, exotic and gorgeously produced stuff we want from DCD. So what if it's not exactly breaking new ground? Everything's in place and the moonlit ceremonial cauldron is surrounded by dark and hooded figures which chant beneath the great celestial dome and are alight and burning bright in the crisp midnight air amidst the stark winter trees that crack the star encrusted heavens which formed the mother cradle from which we burst full-bloomed but blinking in the light of eternity etc etc etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2012
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All the elementals are there, so in places it soars, but at first it appeared a cache of soul had gone for a wonder.

However repeated listenings brings out all the multiple textures especially on a decent system. It is an album of layers sung into a masculine and feminine timbre half, anima and animus, masc and fem, light and day.

Perry's voice takes on the cadences of Ian Curtis and then lets them drift into the hollow space. Lisa dips and soars with the majesty of a sprite, whilst he skims across the surface. Great delivery, great sounds when blasted through the speakers to bring out the full orchestral panoply.

Within the background the music shines, glistens lilts and brings constant surprises. Far from being background music, this plays the theme tunes to a silent night between the silk sheets, as the opium pipe, left to languish burns itself at two ends. Meanwhile the bed creaks in time to the silent slithers of Anastasis.

Well we can all dream and this assists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jansilla on 19 Feb. 2013
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A new album by DCD! After only 16 years wait! Brilliant!

Actually, it was with some trepidation that I picked this one up since I wasn't that keen on Spiritchaser (the last one). The good news, to my ear at least, is that this is more like the style of DCD of old - Lisa Gerrard is magnificent and ethereal, particularly on 'Return of the She-King' and even Brendan Perry (whose vocals I am less keen on) turns in a good performance.

I remember listening to them as a student back in the 1980s and it's the same sort of sound, if only more layered and sure of itself. Give it a try. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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