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Dead Can Dance


Prog Folk

3.35 | 94 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
2 stars DCD's second last studio album is yet another step into their new ethnic directions started with Labyrinth. Gone are most forms of pre-classical music and the album is now fully into ethnic folk music, somewhere between Spanish folk and mid-Eastern/Arabian music, still underlined by Indian percussion, but not just tabla drums anymore. As first seen in the previous Labyrinth album, the music is much less acoustic and definitely more synthesized, but here this trend is even more obvious

The album seems to be lying in spritism, mythology, astrology and whatever else uninitiated shamanism underlying throughout the album and the whole thing is completely unconvincing; there are some didgeridoo on Songs of the Stars (which is normal for the Australian pair of DCD, it's a wonder why they hadn't used it up to now), but to no avail, except for a "batardisation" that sort of cheapens the aesthetics. Not much can be said of this album's depth, so therefore Spiritchaser can only be enjoyed in its shallowness and hollowness, just scratching the surface for the pleasure of a light and pleasant listening.

Sean Trane | 2/5 |


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