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  • Audio CD (Nov. 18 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B001FZ0A6S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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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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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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"Spleen and ideal" is my favorite DCD album; the dynamics of the arrangements and the thrilling performances here are amazing. While the drum machines and the doomy atmosphere of their self-titled debut have remained, DCD's overall sound embraces unfamiliar approaches for an essentially rock-based band: European medieval music, featuring Gregorian chants, Celtic, and neo-Gothic. Lisa Gerrard takes a larger share of the vocal turns here than on DCD's debut. Nearly every song has a particular element or edge to it, making it immediately attractive and fascinating, just listen to the majestic trombones of "Ascension", the pulsating dance beats of "Mesmerism", the booming, primeval bass drums of "Enigma..", or the crystalline synths of "Advent". Always employed with rare skill and grace, the medieval elements of this album evoke a deeply touching, ecstatic mood without ever sounding trashy or unfocused. Maybe "Spleen and ideal" is not DCD's most popular album (many fans prefer the follow-up "Within the realm.." or DCD's commercial breakthrough "Into the labyrinth"), but I think the band hasn't sounded so severe and powerful on other releases.
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Their debut (which I still love just as much as their others) might have been the record where DCD were given the "gothic" tag with its minimal hunger and its mysterious tribal tendencies, but "Spleen & Ideal" was where DCD became orchestrated, lush... majestic. The word "ethereal" has been around for ages, but it seems custom-fit to describe the Dead Can Dance sound, especially beginning with what they were accomplishing from this LP onward. Mysterious and subtle keyboard-laden passages, laced with Lisa Gerrard's stream-of-consciousness vocals, are juxtaposed with Brendan Perry's confidant, unwavering, and powerful voice on the other, typically orchestrated and brass-and-string driven tracks. I think this was the LP that showed Dead Can Dance's transformation from the primitive to the worldly and sophisticated - a metamorphosis they recreated with every release afterwards.
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"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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Although they released their self-titled debut album in 1984, it was 1986's SPLEEN AND IDEAL which brought Dead Can Dance, the duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, into their distinctive style. The debut consisted of guitar-heavy 80s-mood pieces, but in SPLEEN AND IDEAL Lisa and Brendan make their first experiment in classical structures and unique songs.
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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