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Spleen And Ideal (Ltd Ed) [Hybrid SACD, Original recording remastered]

Dead Can Dance Audio CD
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1. De Profundis (Out Of The Depths Of Sorrow)
2. Ascension
3. Circumradiant Dawn
4. The Cardinal Sin
5. Mesmerism
6. Enigma Of The Absolute
7. Advent
8. Avatar
9. Indoctrination (A Design For Living)

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SACD Hybrid Remastered CD of Spleen & Ideal, the second album recorded by Dead Can Dance, released in 1986. A rather etheral form of darkwave music, similar to the origins in their debut album, Dead Can Dance, and followed a more World music and Neoclassical oriented content, with lyrics based on the writings of Charles Baudelaire and Thomas de Quincey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...It's an illusion of life..." April 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
While Dead can dance's first album was already a magical gothic rock experience their second album brings their music to the heights of artistic perfection.
"de profundis" already shows band's new style - heavy medieval wall of sound,Lisa's etheral vocals and creepy atmosphere."ascension","Cumirant dawn","Mesmerism" are really scary and fascinating at the same time,while Brendan Perry's songs have got more traditional new wave rock feeling."The cardinal sin" is very hipnotising with it's dark lyrics,trumpets,gloomy bass riff and ocasionally played piano. "advent" is the most normal sounding song compared to the rest of album. "Indoctrination" is a great ending to the album.
TO be honest at first i didin't liked "spleen and ideal" as much as their other works.at first i thought it is too much raw and uncertain...but after few listenings i got addicted to it. i think that this is the music that you really love when you will already get into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another world April 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
dead can dance puts me in another place, a space outside myself that is very conforting and spatial. Each and every album. I do not own one DCD that I don't love. This one in particular takes me away like meditating. It's very mesmerizing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars .... June 19 2003
By pete
Format:Audio CD
This has been my extra-turbo favourite cd for the past 7 years.Indoctrination is definitely their best ever song!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull DCD May 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first Dead Can Dance song I heard was "Towards the Within", which absolutely mesmerized me. So when I got Spleen and Ideal for Christmas last year, I was thrilled (having previously gotten Aion from the library and enoying that)...until I put it into my CD player. This is so different from the DCD music I enjoy. Personally, I can't get enough of Lisa Gerrad's soaring glossolalia, but this CD mostly contained depressing drones in Brendan Perry's depressing, unemotional voice. It either puts m to sleep or gives me a headache. I highly recommend Spiritchaser (my favourite to date) or Into the Labyrinth.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical DCD April 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have only been into Dead Can Dance for the last few months. I have purchased most of their cds. I can honestly tell you that this was the worst one I have heard. The vocals are too heavy and so is the music. Where is the lightness of Lisa Gerrard? A better choice would be Spirit Chaser. That one is mesmerizing. Plenty of airy vocals and pounding yet soothing instrumental work. An even better choice is Lisa Gerrard's Duality. It takes you to places you have never been before. If you want to really feel the music you are listening to, Duality is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spleen and Ideal Dec 13 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the album were DCD found their sound. This is fantastic just like every album from DCD. I feel that this album is probably their most overlooked and underrated album. This is possibly due to the fact that DCD released some absolutely amazing albums after this. Still, this is great and every DCD fan should own this. The best vocals anywhere, period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Further Information on the Title May 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
The title of this song is the name of a chapter in Charles Baudelaire's book of poetry Les Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil). It's a fabulous book - this guy was Goth before the original Gothic Revival happened.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Majestätisch - bombastisch - düster Nov. 17 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Spleen and Ideal" ist meiner Ansicht nach "Within the Realms of a dying sun" das düsterste Album der Gruppe. Im Unterschied zu "Within, ..." das stiller mit einsamen Streichern und Glocken klingt ist diese CD bombastischer und Wagner-mäßiger. Die erste Sekunde - ein donnernder Paukenschlag - führt perfekt in die Stimmung des gesamten Albums ein
"De Profundis" ist neben seiner Paukenschwere mit ebenso schweren Vocals unterlegt, die von großen Bergwand ins Tal zu dringen scheinen.
"Ascension" ist ähnlich schwer angelegt, hier dominieren die Blasinstrumente
"Circumradiant dawn" klingt leiser und etwas einsam in seinem Harpsichord-Intro. Lisa Gerrards Stimme durchbricht wie eine Walhalla-Sängerin das Stück ins Bombastische.
"The Cardinal Sin" erinnert etwas an die erste Platte von 1984.
"Meszmerism" ist ein auch von anderen Bands gecoverter Track. Er klingt rhytmisch monoton (Drum-Machine?)und orientalisch durch seine Begleitinstrumente. Lisas Vocals sind hier besonders gut.
"Enigma" ist mit dem ersten Track mein Lieblingstitel. Die Pauken scheinen noch schwerer zu klingen und werden zu Cello und anderen Streichinstrumenten von Brendans Stimme begleitet. Der folgende Track wird auch von seiner Stimme begleitet.
"Avatar" hat einen treibenden Harpsichord/Percussion Rhytmus. Lisa Gerrards Stimme rezitiert wieder eine unbekannte Sprache und klingt wie ein weiteres Instrument.
"Spleen and Ideal" war 1986 die erste CD, wo Dead Can Dance zu ihrem typischen Sound fanden, der sie bis heute begehrt und originell macht.
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