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Though Lisa Gerrard has become well known for her recent soundtrack work, it was the coupling of Gerrard and Brendan Perry which created the magic that was Dead Can Dance. Though they started out as a Goth sounding band on their first EP and album, they quickly established their own distinctive style of orchestral based music, encompasing various influences such as early music, European folk and classical, Irish music as well as world music flavourings. The focus of their music has always been Lisa Gerrards remarkable voice. Powerful and evocative, once heard never forgotten. Brendan Perry brought a more contemporary, song-based edge to the band, with his Scott Walker croon and his songs more evocative of the folk tradition of Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. But they were at their best when the duo integrated their talents. At times this would result in something almost transcendent in its power and beauty as on "Cantara" or "Frontier" for instance.
Each album is a thing of wonder and it's recommended to purchase those. For me the best are, "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" and "Toward the Within", though they are all excellent. For the curious, this collection is a good retrospective of one of the most beautiful and original of bands.
Anyway, I think the band incredible and normally would shy away entirely from a genre such as this. One reviewer commented that the sound 'deeply resonates with humaness, is enigmatic and powerful'. I cannot agree more. I listen to electronic music primarily but find this has a timeless and very human sound that defies any contemporary and narrowminded categorisation. The feel transcends intellectualism, which, for me, is a sign of good music!
It is a real pity that so many people have dismissed Dead Can Dance as "Morbid Gothic types" simply because of their name; the music tells an altogether different story, quite different from the music of others on the 4ad label (Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, to name but two). Tracks like "Yulunga" and "The Ubiquitous Mr LoveGrove" really show what Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard are capable of. Gerrard's strange lyrics sit perfectly with Perry's quite considerable instrumental talent. They have lovingly crafted uplifting, modern folk music that will surely endure long after they are gone. Good luck to them in their music beyond Dead Can Dance!
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I won't be shopping with tax cheats like Amazon this christmas or any other time in the future and invite you to do the same.Published on 14 Dec. 2012 by George Maguire
Some people seem to have a problem with Brendan Perry`s songs and vocals. I LOVE Perry`s voice and his songs are superb. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2012 by Oostrijck
If you buy this you should know what to expect. It's not to everyones taste and my wife doesn't like it. Read morePublished on 31 May 2012 by lewis2032