Dr. Dee

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Officially, Dr. Dee is Damon Albarn's first solo album but that's the tiniest misnomer. Ever since Graham Coxon left Blur during the recording of Think Tank, Albarn has been the unquestioned director of his projects, his authoritative stamp evident on Think Tank, all three Gorillaz albums, Mali Music, the Good, the Bad & the Queen, and Rocket Juice & the Moon, so Dr. Dee doesn't exactly have the shock of the new even though it's certainly willfully odd. An opera -- not a rock opera, or the first opera Albarn has written, as he has 2007's Monkey: Journey to the West under his belt -- Dr. Dee concerns itself with the story of John Dee, the 16th century ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Officially, Dr. Dee is Damon Albarn's first solo album but that's the tiniest misnomer. Ever since Graham Coxon left Blur during the recording of Think Tank, Albarn has been the unquestioned director of his projects, his authoritative stamp evident on Think Tank, all three Gorillaz albums, Mali Music, the Good, the Bad & the Queen, and Rocket Juice & the Moon, so Dr. Dee doesn't exactly have the shock of the new even though it's certainly willfully odd. An opera -- not a rock opera, or the first opera Albarn has written, as he has 2007's Monkey: Journey to the West under his belt -- Dr. Dee concerns itself with the story of John Dee, the 16th century mathematician and occultist who was an advisor to Elizabeth I and is said to be the inspiration for Marlowe's Faustus and Shakespeare's Prospero. Rich material for an opera, in other words, and Dr. Dee is certainly thick with ideas, Albarn not running away from his signature tropes so much as using them as a launching pad for a stately, lugubrious collection of minor-key instrumentals, skeletal pop songs, plainsongs, and madrigals. Much of this is intriguing, yet as an album if not a production, Dr. Dee stays just this side of compelling, always threatening to veer into surprising, dangerous territory yet never quite succumbing to the risk. And that is where Dr. Dee's roots in the stage show: perhaps it is a bit stuffy and hidebound for art rock, but taken as a theatrical production, it's adventurously cerebral, an album to ponder if not quite embrace.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2012
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099995389325
  • Catalog Number: 53893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Golden Dawn (3:55)
  2. 2 Apple Carts (2:36)
  3. 3 O Spirit, Animate Us (3:48)
  4. 4 The Moon Exalted (5:42)
  5. 5 A Man of England (3:17)
  6. 6 Saturn (2:05)
  7. 7 Coronation (1:10)
  8. 8 The Marvelous Dream (2:23)
  9. 9 A Prayer (1:33)
  10. 10 Edward Kelley (3:29)
  11. 11 Preparation (3:01)
  12. 12 9 Point Star (1:32)
  13. 13 Temptation Comes in the Afternoon (2:05)
  14. 14 Watching the Fire That Waltzed Away (2:37)
  15. 15 Moon (Interlude) (0:28)
  16. 16 Cathedrals (3:00)
  17. 17 Tree of Beauty (2:00)
  18. 18 The Dancing King (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Damon Albarn Primary Artist, Vocals
Tony Allen Drums
Melanie Pappenheim Vocals
Simon Wall Tenor (Vocal)
Simon Tong Guitar
Madou Diabate Kora
Anna Dennis Vocals
BBC Philharmonic Performing Ensemble
Christopher Robson Vocals
Ashley Catling Tenor (Vocal)
Edward Grint Bass
Bill Lyons Woodwind
Victoria Couper Vocals
Emma Smith Soprano
Philip Tebb Bass
David Hatcher Woodwind
Andrew Walters Tenor (Vocal)
Alastair Merry Bass
André de Ridder Conductor
Bertie Carvel Vocals
Belina Evans Soprano
Elinor Moran Soprano
Ruth Gibbins Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Benedict Quirke Tenor (Vocal)
Amy Payne Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Leanie Lodge Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Palace Voices Vocals
Lian Byrne Viol
Anne Allen Woodwind
Stephen Page Vocals
Mike Smith Organ
Russell Matthews Bass
Nicola Wydenbach Soprano
Claire Barnett-Jones Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Damon Albarn Composer, Producer
Stephen Rinker Engineer
Stephen Sedgwick Engineer
Tim Young Mastering
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