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Spiritchaser (Remastered)

Dead Can Dance

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The final album before Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry went their separate ways, Spiritchaser was recorded entirely at Quivvy Church, Perry’s personal studio in Ireland. The album shows just how far the duo had come in their 15 years together. They started out as punks and eventually fashioned their own form of musical mysticism, but Spiritchaser is the first album that abandons any attempts at aggression. These eight songs focused entirely on the potency of grooves, whether in the African rhythms of “Song of the Stars,” the Middle Eastern rhythms of “Indus,” or the Latin rhythms of “Song of the Dispossessed” and “The Snake and the Moon.” It's their most organic-sounding album to date and also their sexiest. It's also, ironically, the album on which Perry and Gerrard appear most entwined. On previous works, they'd traded off as leaders of different songs, but here their personalities—and their voices—are unified throughout. It was a brilliant capstone to an ambitious career. After decades of persistent experimentation, they ended with an album that stripped away all unnecessary elements, leaving only a well-honed concentration of insight and sensitivity.

Customer Reviews

deeply moving

I am not an original DCD fan, having been introduced to their music by a friend who had known them for some years. I have heard all of the albums, many times, and own a few, including Spiritchaser... I find this to be the most ethereal and have made this, however conventional this analysis is, my favorite album...the review is true that it is a fitting capstone on their existence together as a group, and i guess i would add, i don't know what direction they could go after this seminal work of art... my only recommendation for those who are satisfied with Spiritchaser is to get Lisa Gerrard's solo album, "The Silver Tree," which is by my account a very satisfactory follow-up to the end of DCD via Spiritchaser...

Not their best. Somewhat dull.

I found this album to be a disappointment. It is very dull compared to the range of their other albums. I have Aion, Within the realm of a dying sun, Memento and Into the Labyrinth. This one is not as good on many levels. It is more focused on rhythm from the sounds of Indigenous peoples. Believe me -- a little of this goes a long way. I would say the biggest disappointment is the lack of vocal pieces. Lisa utters a few sounds here and there but is mostly background noise. What a waste.

DCD = one of the most influential sounds of our time

Dead Can Dance have spawned an entire generation of artists who'se music can be traced back to their pioneering emotive and atmospheric soundscapes. When you look back over to DCD's incredible body of work, it seems almost too good to be real. They are amongst the most orignal, versitile and innovative musicians in history. I find it difficult to comprehend why they did not have more appeal, but like all other true innovators such as Ramones, Jeff Buckley, Gary Numan, etc., it seems the paler, more immitative and more easily palatable descendents gets the commercial success while the originals get relegated to the dustbin of history without their proper due. It seems innonceivable to be that this GREAT GREAT duo's swansong would only have 2 reviews, and that an artist as great as Lisa Gerrard is best known for her vocals in "Gladiator".

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dead Can Dance combine elements of European folk music — particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance — with ambient pop and worldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and...
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