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Dead Can Dance

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2.97 | 49 ratings | 7 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nierika (5:44)
2. Song of the Stars (10:13)
3. Indus (9:23)
4. Song of the Dispossessed (4:55)
5. Dedicacé Outō (1:14)
6. The Snake and the Moon (6:11)
7. Song of the Nile (8:00)
8. Devorzhum (6:13)

Total Time 51:57

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Line-up / Musicians

- Lisa Gerrard / vocal, assorted instruments
- Brendan Perry / vocal, assorted instruments
with guest musicians:
- Renaud Pion / Turkish clarinet
- Peter Ulrich / percussions
- Lance Hogan / percussions
- Ronan O'Snodaigh / percussions
- Robert Perry / percussions

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CD 4AD Records CAD 6008 CD (1996 UK)

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2.97
(49 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
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Review by 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.

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Posted Thursday, December 27, 2007

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
3 stars Even on their last album, DCD continued to search new musical forms to deliver their atmospherics to their audience. I must admit that this has been the hardest DCD album for me to get into. As is often the case with experienced bands the tempo has gotten slower, the music is stuffed to the brim with multiple textures of sound and the songs take a lot longer to get to the point. This takes away much of the immediate intensity that we loved DCD for. But if you are patient and play the album a few times as a late-night chill-out before bedtime, it slowly starts revealing its intricate layers of unobtrusive melodies and emotions. 3.5 stars

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Spiritchaser" is the 7th full-length studio album by Australian/UK world music act Dead Can Dance. The album was released in June 1996.

The music on the album has moved even more towards ethnic world music than was the case on any of the predecessors. Middle eastern, Indian and African ethnic influences are dominant on the album while the groupīs goth rock past is not that dominant on this album. Lisa Gerrardīs strong vocal performance is the focal point on the album while Brendan Perryīs contributions are a bit more subtle. Itīs only in "Song of the Dispossessed" that he gets to show what he can really do. The rest of the vocal parts he delivers on "Spiritchaser" are much more ethnic tinged than usual. As was the case on "Into The Labyrinth (1993)" there is an extensive use of various percussion instruments on the album. The combination of organic ethnic instruments and synth used for creating atmosphere are a trademark in the groupīs sound and that trademark is as present on "Spiritchaser" as on most other album by the group. One feature which is a bit different compared to other Dead Can Dance albums is that the tracks are a bit longer than usual. Both "Song of the Stars" (where Brendan Perry reads poetry in Jim Morrison style for the first couple of minutes) and "Indus" are each about 10 minutes long. The tracks are generally a bit more repetitive/hypnotic in nature and many of them use layer building for effect.

The production is wonderful. Warm organic and pleasant. "Spiritchaser" is overall another quality album release by Dead Can Dance and if you can appreciate the more dominant ethnic influences on the album this one might be right down your alley. Personally I find some of the tracks a bit too longdrawn for their own good and the I miss the gothic atmosphere of some of the earlier releases, but a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still deserved.

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Posted Saturday, October 10, 2009

Review by kenethlevine
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog-Folk Team
2 stars Given my penchant for mellow prog, it might surprise you to know that, aurally speaking, I can be distracted to the point of distraction. Sure, once, twice, three times that can be excused, but when I have in all sincerity approached a recording umpteen times with a blank slate and glimpsed the same blank slate in the rear view mirror an odd hour later, I really need to move on.

From "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" through to "in the Labyrinth", DEAD CAN DANCE set trends at least as much as they followed them, thanks to their willingness to take chances. This entrepreneurial spirit remains intact on "Spiritchaser", but they are now in the realm already occupied by a variety of ambient world music groups who, quite frankly, were a little better at this. I am thinking of DEEP FOREST, BAKA BEYOND, and B-TRIBE, all of whom wed western rock with Aboriginal traditions with varying successes. But the one thing they did do, which seems sadly missing on "Spiritchaser", is produce at least a few stunning pieces on even the most moribund disks. Here I really can't find a highlight, acknowledge though I may that DCD has found a groove and played it well, it just isn't quite deep or heartfelt enough for my needs. THe best I can muster is that "Snake and the Moon" sounds like something JULUKA might have done if for a few minutes they were not quite so politically riled up. Or perhaps like an ok tune by TOURE KUNDA.

Maybe I'm off base but there isn't much to chase after here in the material or the spirit world. Not bad, but easily surpassed by contemporaries.

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Review by Warthur
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2 stars Dead Can Dance's final album sees the band steering in a heavily world music direction, and they seem particularly keen on appropriating Australian aboriginal music and fusing them with elements of Western rock music. The end results, I fear, are unconvincing - Song of the Stars mixes a repetitive drum rhythm with some rather uninspired guitar noodling and backing singing which wouldn't be out of place on any New Agey world music album out there. The distinctive sound of the band had, by this point, well and truly vanished, and what replaces it is a fumbling attempt at a sound which had already been explored to far greater success by other artists.

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5 stars This is the third album in the DCD series of albums that I like to refer to as "The Amazing Trilogy", the first one being "Into the Labyrinth" and the 2nd "Toward the Within". This particular album concentrates completely on World music, but done on an epic scale. It is also largely driven by ... (read more)

Report this review (#1002258) | Posted by TCat | Saturday, July 20, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Spiritchaser starts off with a wishwashi sounding synth followed by some native sounds, very soothing, extremely good production, throught the entire album. The vocal arragments are fantastic, along with the percussions. The synthesizer is not used in a "electronic" way, but in a way that sounds ... (read more)

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