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Ark [CD]

Brendan Perry Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B003H52VI4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Babylon
2. The Bogus Man
3. Wintersun
4. Utopia
5. Inferno
6. This Boy
7. The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
8. Crescent

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE SECOND COMING 9 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
Long awaited, has it been more than a decade already since "Eye Of The Hunter"? In "Ark", Brendan Perry proves all his high level abilities as a composer, musician AND a singer (what a voice!). One man show, yes (he plays and performs almost everything himself) still there is no lack of musicality, inspiration and trance. Less acoustic and more rythym with beautiful and charismatic arrangements - Brendan Perry is a great song writer. (Who can forget the beautifully haunting "Don't Fade Away" - a live only recorded song from the late Dead Can Dance era). He talks about Love and everything that a human being should question, wonder and worry about nowadays, regarding Loneliness, (In)humanity, Isolation, Ignorance, but also politics and universal chaos we have come to (or forced to) live in and find our own way. Straight and simple lyrics with strong melodic lines in melancholy tunes; Brendan is a seeker, a sirious thinker and a poet in his own unique way. Of course this release makes you wanna go back and listen once again to all his previous works (apart Dead Dead Cance, unfortunately not to many). Would like to see how 'Ark' would work in a live concert (hopefully on a forthcoming DVD). Can't really make a pick but, 'Wintersun', 'Utopia' and 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" are really outstanding tracks which carry you away. This album worths a lot of listening and surely grows on the listener. Highly Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AN ARK OF DIGNITY. 8 Jun 2010
By Paul M VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The demise of Dead Can Dance has brought mixed fortunes for Lisa Gerrard, and Brendan Perry. The former using her extraordinary voice on major Hollywood soundtracks whilst the latter has quietly carved out a dignified musical career free of commercial pressures and expectations. On Ark, his second full solo album, Brendan Perry states clearly through both his music and lyrics that this album is ultimately about him and his worldview and that his devoted audience will need to go along with this premise. Ultimately, this is no hardship, as Perry has produced a fine [ if slightly over rhythmic in places] solo statement of intent. Anyone who enjoyed his previous album, Eye of the Hunter will not be disappointed as Brendan moves away from more erthereal lyrical subjects to making oblique points about Television, Politicians and other subjects.

In some ways Ark substitutes atmosphere for modern rhythms, which in the main work well [The Bogus Man], but can lose subtlety in places [ i think that Wintersun and Inferno would have benefitted from a more restrained approach]. This also means that Ark can seem a little one paced as a complete work as the songs unfold. This minor quibble apart, Brendans rich voice sounds as magnificent as ever, and the multi layered arrangements showcase his talent to quite stunning effect on Utopia, where Brendans voice soars in one of Ark's musical highlights.

Ark has justified its long gestation period and a more mature, worldly artist has emerged in its wake. There may be less reliance on accoustic instrumentation and atmospherics this time around, but the core of Brendan Perry and his music is very evident throughout this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ark review 2 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
Brendan is in fine voice on this his first album of new material in over a decade, a suite of dark portraits of the state of the world at this time in history, and moments of bleak introspection that mirror the outer world.

Brendan has incorporated eastern phrasing and motifs throughout the album, along with eerily reverberating brass and sharp, dislocated pizzicato strings, harking back to earlier works with DCD, but here married to pure shimmering electronica and occasional trip-hop beats.

The opening and closing tracks on Ark were performed in slightly different versions on Dead Can Dance's 2005 tour, and these then brand-new compositions were firm highlights of the show, elegant and mysterious. I was eager to hear studio versions of them but actually I find them a little wooden, though the vocals on Crescent are very nice.

Utopia has rightly been receiving a lot of praise, it is one of the stand-out tracks, and likely to become a firm fixture on any future tour, not to mention my stereo.

The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea is my favourite track, to my thinking the most effective use of the electronica medium here, a soundscape that is at once chilling and comforting, a perfectly balanced vision, full of drama and space. And when Brendan wails "forever!" he sounds like Ian McCulloch!

I have been a big fan of Dead Can Dance since the early 90's, but whilst my praise is warmly meant, I am not completely smitten with Ark. Firstly, Brendan made a specific artistic decision to work alone and use libraries of samples rather than actual instruments, and this choice for me casts a subtle shadow over the work as a whole, and a sense of claustrophobia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited but worth the wait 4 Aug 2010
By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I can't add that much to some of the longer and very detailed reviews below but I will say that this second solo album has done what I hoped it would. It's grasped some of the musical developments of the last decade without losing any of the gravitas and atmosphere of 'Hunter' or Dead can Dance material. Brendans voice is just improving with age. Deep, dark and magnificent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Whats not to like
Great, just as expected!! If you love DCD you will love this CD.
As he gets older his voice gets better!!

Kate
Published 10 months ago by kathleen
5.0 out of 5 stars ark review
l really love this cd, brendan perry has an amazing voice and his songs are reaaly good highly reccommend this cd worth buying
Published 13 months ago by despina kourbetis
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who like Dead can dance
Well Brendan Parry should have worked with Lisa Gerard the other way round (Lisa on production ) As they think alike in music on this as they were dead can dance (( But under... Read more
Published 16 months ago by daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Beautiful and unusual music with lyrics equalling poetry. It's pacifist, environmentalist, a-religious and speaks of love. Am also buying his other album Eye of the Hunter.
Published 20 months ago by GB
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Gets Dull
Stunning album. I never really get bored of listening to this. Its sounds more or less liek Dead Can Dance but with a slightly more modern feel.
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by Lordt
5.0 out of 5 stars slaughtered by the critics
This record was slaughtered by reviewers in the popular music magazines. However I read that most listeners here are quite positive. I`m also very happy with this album. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by Oostrijck
5.0 out of 5 stars Brendan just gets better with age
My favourite track on here is the Devil and Deep Blue Sea, it's kind of dreamy, powerful and thoughtful and the beat is amazing, it just really works. Read more
Published on 27 July 2011 by Beavis
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great return!
After so many years we got what we missed so much. The new album of Perry is a true masterpiece with both Dead Can Dance and electronic/folk influences. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by Tamas
3.0 out of 5 stars Banal Lyrics, Tis a shame
I waited a loooong time for this CD. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed in the lyrics--overly simple, to the point of being trite. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by Charles Replogle
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry is Back
Brendan Perry is back with his second album "Ark". A collection of thought provoking, mind stimulating songs shows that he is still on the highest level of songwriting and tune... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2010 by Mr. E. De Vries
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