Spleen And Ideal (Remastered) Original recording remastered
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The primarily experimental structure of their second album, Spleen and Ideal, released at the beginning of 1986, dispelled any notion that the band deserved the post-Gothic label slapped on them by the music pres. Spleen and Ideal defined a new richness of unification between voice and music, lyrics and structure, that suggested a concrete sense of the aural ideal the band were striving for. On Spleen and Ideal Brendan noted, ”there are pieces that tend to sort of link historically further back into baroque and medieval periods of music. They are just musical frameworks. The actual lyrical content is obviously personal to ourselves and is what makes contemporary sense of our music. The title of this album was taken form a piece of poetry from the 18th Century romantic poet, Baudelaire, and was chosen for the fact that it evoked the 'conflict between sinning flesh (spleen) and the struggle to realize the ideal.' Brendan summed it up by saying, “By nature of the lyrical sense, the tone, there was a two faceted aspect of a piece of music that celebrated the deal, and also songs about the pain of relationships, and there danger and pitfalls, I felt that interlinked with the cover design, the symbolism and the overall feeling of these two aspects, it was right, because Spleen and Ideal suggests a kind of mechanism, an interplay in human relationships and the world. Spleen being that aspect which robs the ideal of its efficacy and power to achieve that. Tracks: De Profundis (Out Of The Depths Of Sorrow) / Ascension / Circumradiant Dawn / The Cardinal Sin / Mesmerism / Enigma Of The Absolute / Avatar / Indoctrination (A Design For Living)
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"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.
"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.Read more ›
The album opens with three songs centered around Lisa's voice over orchestral instruments, "De Profundis," "Ascension," and "Circumradiant Dawn." Then, Brendan Perry provides the first of his deeply philosophical songs in "The Cardinal Sin." The fifth track, "Mesmerism," features the last English lyrics Lisa ever sang with Dead Can Dance with her yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) accompaniment over a drum machine. "Enigma of the Absolute" is perhaps Perry's most lyrically perfect song. "Advent" is another Perry track, that features the most rock-like structure on the album. "Avatar" is Lisa's final contribution to the album, an Oriental trip through drums and yangqin that climaxes with a frenzy of Lisa's glossolalia. Finally, the album closes with "Indoctrination," which sums up well Perry's world-view during the early part of Dead Can Dance's career.
SPLEEN AND IDEAL is another one of the few albums that I own which is so consistent that I cannot name a bad track. It is one of Dead Can Dance's finest efforts, and definitely should be one of the first albums you pick up by this superbly talented duo.
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