ARTIST:

DEAD CAN DANCE

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

WITHIN THE REALM OF A DYING SUN

(1987)
LABEL:

4AD

GENRE:

OTHERS

TAGS:
Female vocals
"This record is a masterpiece... Of those who leave a lasting mark on their time and those who follow them, of those who become a true reference."
TONYB (13.05.2011)  
5/5
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Two years after the UFO 'Spleen And Ideal', Dead Can Dance is back with 'Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun', a true extension of the previous work, this time with the seal of maturity. Some bands self-plagiarize from one album to another? Here, Dead Can Dance continues to develop its Darko-symphonic style, but by perfecting the recipe used two years earlier.

More and more synthesizers, samplers, presence of a string quartet, woodwinds (oboe) to complement a brass section reinforced by a tuba, percussions: the traditional rock instruments, bass, guitar, drums, have totally disappeared from Dead Can Dance's music, which still distills these disturbing, messianic atmospheres, with sumptuous melodies and arrangements as dark as they are magnificent.

The voices of the two protagonists are wonderful, both in the timbre and in the dramatic intensity they bring, and that's how we come to kneel in front of the beauty of titles like 'Xavier', 'Summoning The Muse', or in front of 'the majesty of Persephone' who closes an album that we would like endlessly. And what about In 'The Wake Of Adversity'? Don't you hear there a certain similarity with a well known title of a certain Alain Bashung? Wouldn't he have taken back these superb aerial arpeggios for his famous Mrs. Dream?

And to return to the theme mentioned at the beginning of this column, Dead Can Dance already proposes a transition to its next musical evolution. Cantara thus sees the band opening up to world sounds, with a slight Bulgarian taste (!), gateways to other harmonies and rhythms that will be much more present in the rest of their discography.

As I listen to this album again to write its review, only one word comes to mind to conclude: masterpiece... Of those who leave a lasting mark on their time and those who follow them, of those who become a true reference. To be discovered urgently for neophytes, to be listened to endlessly for others.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Anywhere Out Of The World (5:08)
02. Windfall (3:30)
03. In The Wake Of Adversity (4:14)
04. Xavier (6:16)
05. Dawn Of The Iconoclast (2:06)
06. Cantara (5:58)
07. Summoning Of The Muse (4:55)
08. Persephone (the Gathering Of Flowers) (6:36)

LINEUP:
Emlyn Singleton: Violon
John Singleton: Trombone
Tony Gamage: Violoncelle
Alison Harling: Violon
Andrew Claxton: Trombone, Tuba
Brendan Perry: Chant / Guitares / Tous instruments
Gus Ferguson: Violoncelle
Lisa Gerrard: Chant / Basse / Tous instruments
Peter Ulrich : Timbales
Piero Gasparini: Alto
Richard Avison: Trombone
Ruth Watson: Hautbois
   
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