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Dr Dee

7 May 2012

4.99 (VAT included if applicable)
New music from Damon Albarn
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Song Title
The Golden Dawn
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O Spirit, Animate Us
The Moon Exalted
A Man of England
The Marvelous Dream
A Prayer
Edward Kelley
9 Point Star
Temptation Comes in the Afternoon
Watching the Fire That Waltzed Away
Moon (Interlude)
Tree of Beauty
The Dancing King

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2012 Thirteen Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 48:02
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  • ASIN: B007OC0JXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,163 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, beautiful and absorbing! 13 May 2012
By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a completely different approach to music from Damon Albarn. This is not pop or rock, but more like Elizabethan madrigal. It's a rather mystical record harking back to the spirit of old England and the days of magick, mystery, and spirits in the water. The production is excellent and the songs feature an interesting selection of musical instruments and voice. The one issue I do have with this is Damon's voice. At times it's plaintive and beautiful, but I would say this music requires a clearer, purer voice than he has. It's a fairly solid performance, but at times it just does not fit the mood or atmosphere being created. Having said that, this is a wonderful set of well-crafted and delicate songs. I wonder what younger listeners will make of it, particularly if they are expecting pop! This is a special and unusual record and Damon is to be congratulated for having the spirit and adventurousness in putting this together. I gather this music will support a stage production and, if that is the case, then I'd love to see it. This music would be a wonderful experience live. Interesting, different, not too challenging, atmospheric, beautiful and absorbing. How many albums released these day can deliver that in one sitting? Buyers will be taking a chance buying this album, but it's a chance well worth taking. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best LP of 2012 12 Dec 2012
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This only took three listens to become my LP of 2012. I have listened obsessively to it since I bought it and I still can't get over how utterly brilliant it is. Damon Albarn's muse is a thing of wonder as is his genius for combining seemingly unconnected musical ideas into a coherent whole.

The composer this most reminds me of is Benjamin Britten; the sparing accompaniment, rich wordplay, daring soundscapes and ethereal steely melodies.

Albarn could easily have turned in a 'Merrie Englande' exercise in mock folk and Morris tunes but it he resists and finds something entirely new, fusing gentle harp, piano, recorder and acoustic guitar.

'Cathedrals' is exquisitely poised and beautiful, 'Edward Kelley' is as unhinged as the character the song is about. '9 Point Star' is chilling and 'O Spirit, Animate Us' is modern classical music at its best. Lyrically it flashes between the 16th century and modern day mixing in alchemy, two Elizabeths and WWII fighters, and it works.

It's not Blur, Gorillaz, or any other Albarn project - it's a stand alone and simply brilliant, a totally immersive world all of its own.

The man is clearly a genius.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully recorded and performed 10 May 2012
By John W. Edelman VINE VOICE
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In a way a natural successor to 2007's, The Good, The Bad and The Queen, in fact this feels like its ancestor. This is a largely acoustic, and in many places orchestral, suite of wonderful tunes and songs. The preview track, Apple Carts- until recently available free on Amazon- is a one of the standout, stand alone songs, but this a piece designed to be listened to in its entirety and if you can bring yourself to commit to the hour or so required you will be rewarded in spades. There are choral pieces, apparent samples lifted from ancient records and even more ancient musical instruments at times and then suddenly on Preparation and 9 Point Star there are what appear to be African drums. Although rooted in the Elizabethan era of the Doctor of the title there are a number of tunes that could have been included on The Good, The Bad, minus the thumping bass lines of course(not that they were at all unwelcome on that wonderful album).
Damon's beautifully melancholic voice is the cement of this album, of course, but the voices on display here are many, varied and at all times wonderful.
I love this recording, it's fascinating and different. This is music to immerse yourself in. I'm writing this review during my first listen but I already know this is going to be one I will return to again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mes-meric 17 Aug 2012
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Who would have thought it could have got better than Gorillaz? Well it did... has... - via opera! Dr Dee... "animatum". Who needs Bowie. I am living at a time of genius... revised... revisited... returned... animatum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply brilliant 12 July 2012
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If you're expecting to hear a continuation of Blur or Gorillaz think again. If you are looking for instant gratification you will not find it here. However, delve deeper and you will discover a magnificent curve ball, a folk opera that is arcane, melancholy and exceptionally well written. You can sense the wistful gaze into the past right through the album. It is magnificently atmospheric. Respect is mandatory. Damon Albarn is a musical genius.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the crunk cup to the sigil 14 May 2012
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A very interesting record from Damon Albarn, this. It's got a gothic greyness throughout, as if it had been produced from beyond the grave by Havergal Brian. Never during listening to Plastic Beach did I think that Albarn also had stuff like this running through his mind: neolithic mounds in Wiltshire, esoteric 19th Century magical practices, and lutes.

Song-wise, this as you'd probably expect is a mixed bag. The choral tracks are very well done indeed - avoiding any kind of neo-classical vibe while also managing not to be cheesy. Some of the record is just plain odd, out of all this darkness and John Webster ambience appears The Marvellous Dream, which is just voice and electric guitar chords. And some killer lyrics: "The looters of your heart/ will prove that you are not quite dead".

Dr Dee is all brilliantly arranged and recorded, and if it catches you in the right mood, you'll be floored by it. And all the more remarkable for appearing at a time in the artist's career when you'd expect him to be prancing around to decades old hits for the fans. Who knows, that's probably on the cards too.

As an Oasis fan of 19 years standing, it pains me to say this, right, but Damon Albarn is a ****ing genius.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Dee, by Damon Albarn.
Hearing this album, which is heavily influenced by the period in which Dr. Dee lived, made me want to look up the life and works of Dr. Dee, and subsequently, Edward Kelley. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs.Mary King
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Best record, totally another different world taking different sounds, as the opera did.
The product was in good conditions and arrived fast.
Published 10 months ago by Carmen Quezada
4.0 out of 5 stars What the?
Intriguing mixture of sounds, vaguely Elizabethan (or what I think Elizabethan music would sound like having watched films, etc set in the period), classical and jazzy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. A. P. Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Now't like a bit of madrigal!
sad, poignant, melancholic. A panoramic view of damon's apt portrayal of britain now and then. Evocative and lush. Expansive. Divine...........
Published 16 months ago by Corinna Loughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Dee
Beautiful music, soaring voices, dramatic and emotional. I'm glad I bought it. Damon puts his talent into every project and Dr Dee is a winner.
Published 21 months ago by Carol Daub
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, evocative, thought provoking, original music.
I simply do not understand the number of negative reviews for this project.
Indeed it is not Gorillaz, it is effectively a soundtrack album & still very Damon Albarn,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by gb
1.0 out of 5 stars Straight into my trash folder
I listened to this with an open mind, however despite my best efforts I could not find any enjoyable aspect of the concept. Read more
Published 22 months ago by RL81
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Dee cd
I saw this guy performing on Later with Jules Holland and loved the piece he performed from this album.I would describe this music as 'folky' with a modern touch. Read more
Published 22 months ago by S. A. Short
1.0 out of 5 stars tosh
I bought as a pre-order having enjoyed most of his other stuff. I can only suggest you listen to the sample tracks that are now on the site before buying.
Published 23 months ago by Sting
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