Dead Can Dance albums

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2012

Anastasis – (4.5 / 5)

            Following his 2010 excellent lo-fi self-produced release Ark, Brendan Perry decided to release an album with longtime partner Lisa Gerrard under the DCD moniker for the first time in 15 years as well as do some touring worldwide. By this decade, the group had amassed a following now greater than their heyday in the 1980’s and their brand of world music via gothic and haunting overtones was more fashionable. Their new songs didn’t sound that different than their old songs, and that is a good thing when they are as strong as “Opium” and “Children of the Sun”. “Amnesia” paints a song using instruments like bassoon and tuba to add another layer to a haunting tale questioning the validity and consciousness of memory.
            The middle eastern “Agape” is a timeless chant by Gerrard, her voice a more powerful force than any mere instrument, and “Return of the She King” is another stunner: slow and deliberate but utterly enchanting. The eight-minute “Kiko” could be her ultimate attempt on the Gregorian Chant style of music. Each songwriter on their own can become a bit monotonous at times on solo albums, but Gerrard’s stream of consciousness blends with Perry’s more folk driven stories of loss as well on Anastasis as on their early work, and it’s a welcome return by one of the greatest bands to fall under the moniker of rock n roll, as misleading of a moniker as that can be for a style that has existed for centuries.