After two decades at the helm of London's premiere chamber-goth ensemble, Dead Can Dance, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard celebrated the century's end by parting ways and pursuing solo projects. Though less celebrated than his ethereal-voiced cohort, Perry's ability to create catchy musical pastiches from classical, world, and electronic elements is evident here on seductive tracks such as "Voyage of Bran" and "Archangel." A cover of Tim Buckley's "I Must Have Been Blind" suggests the influence behind Perry originals such as "Saturday¹s Child" and "Medusa," while cheerful tracks such as "Death Will Be My Bride" summon up the spirit of Jim Morrison. Although Perry and Gerrard's solo projects have yet to transcend their shared legacy, Eye of the Hunter
is welcome reassurance that the dead still dance. --Bill Forman
UK reissue of the 1999 debut solo album from on-half of longtime Alterna-faves Dead Can Dance. The album's title is found in the lyrics of 'Voyage of Bran', where a character named Brendan says: 'I live by the river where the old gods still dream of inner communion with the open sea. Through the eye of a hunter in search of a prey, neither beast nor human in my philosophy.' The song 'Sloth' had already been sung during concerts with Dead Can Dance and appears on the band's 2001 box set Dead Can Dance (1981-1998). 'I Must Have Been Blind' is a cover of a Tim Buckley song from his 1970 album Blue Afternoon. Music historian Piero Scaruffi summarized Eye of the Hunter as 'an intensely personal statement arranged for (synthesized) orchestra and a plethora of acoustic instruments, but more reminiscent of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen than his old band.' He ranked it among the 'Best Rock Albums of 1999' and the 'Best Rock Albums of the 1990's'. 4AD.