Echoes

Echoes

by Lacrimosa
     
 
Don't be fooled by Lacrimosa's goth rock reputation -- after all, how many goth bands would open an album with a 13-minute orchestral overture? Not many. But while it is a bold move, it proves that this long-running Swiss duo (and its audience) is utterly confident in its own vision, which transcends genre conventions. Aside from said opener

Overview

Don't be fooled by Lacrimosa's goth rock reputation -- after all, how many goth bands would open an album with a 13-minute orchestral overture? Not many. But while it is a bold move, it proves that this long-running Swiss duo (and its audience) is utterly confident in its own vision, which transcends genre conventions. Aside from said opener (the entirely orchestral/choral "Kyrie"), the rest of the album successfully marries rock elements with symphonic instrumentation and manages to remain varied and interesting to the end. Mastermind Tilo Wolff and his partner, Anne Nurmi, use subtlety rather than bombast (a regular pitfall for goth bands) to deliver their soaring, emotional epics like the elegant, Cocteau Twins-esque "Apart" (the only track to feature lead vocals by Nurmi) and the delightful "Malina" (sung by Wolff), which combines a pulsing hard rock backbeat with ornate harpsichord arpeggios. Meanwhile, occasional electronic drum programming gives the record a modern edge that offsets its Baroque leanings. One criticism: Nurmi should be given more leads!

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC:
0727361109127
catalogNumber:
1091

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lacrimosa   Primary Artist
Chris Clayton   Conductor
Klaus Bulow   Tenor Saxophone
Stefan Pintev   Violin
Janet P   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Mellotron
Thomas Nack   Drums
Raphaela Mayhaus   Soprano
Tilo Wolff   Vocals
Rodrigo Reichel   Violin
Tina Heltsche   Drum Loop
Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg   Ensemble
Manne Uhlig   Drums
Sebastian Marock   Viola
Catharina Boutari   Soprano
Vytautas Sondeckis   Cello,Gamba

Technical Credits

Jan Peter Genkel   Engineer
Tilo Wolff   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Orchestration,Cover Design
Helge Halvé   Engineer

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