Memento: The Very Best of Dead Can Dance

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Memento: The Very Best of Dead Can Dance is a condensed version of 2003's double-disc Wake, which was a condensed version of 2001's triple-disc plus DVD 1981-1998. Condensing the catalog of a group with eight good-to-spectacular albums to this extent is conceptually problematic, but Memento works well as an introduction, even if it is limiting, like a CliffsNotes of a CliffsNotes. Thirteen of the 15 tracks can also be heard on Wake, with "Ariadne" surprisingly and "The Song of the Sibyl" less so rounding out the track list. Just about any Dead Can Dance fan would agree with most of the choices, but one key misstep is that the self-titled debut goes unrepresented, and there...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Memento: The Very Best of Dead Can Dance is a condensed version of 2003's double-disc Wake, which was a condensed version of 2001's triple-disc plus DVD 1981-1998. Condensing the catalog of a group with eight good-to-spectacular albums to this extent is conceptually problematic, but Memento works well as an introduction, even if it is limiting, like a CliffsNotes of a CliffsNotes. Thirteen of the 15 tracks can also be heard on Wake, with "Ariadne" surprisingly and "The Song of the Sibyl" less so rounding out the track list. Just about any Dead Can Dance fan would agree with most of the choices, but one key misstep is that the self-titled debut goes unrepresented, and there is a pronounced slant toward 1993's Into the Labyrinth and the following year's Toward the Within. As such, this could be seen as an unacknowledged successor to A Passage in Time, an anthology released by Ryko in 1991. Regardless, Memento is a good way to dip your toes in, but don't be afraid to take a dive.
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  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227326425
  • Catalog Number: 73264

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dead Can Dance Primary Artist
Lisa Gerrard Vocals, Group Member
Brendan Perry Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Lisa Gerrard Arranger, Composer
Brendan Perry Arranger, Composer
Andrew Claxton Composer
Don C. Tyler Remastering
Traditional Composer
Steve Woolord Discographical Annotation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Title - Hasn't left my cd player.

    This is the first Dead Can Dance cd I bought and I am very pleased, to say the least. Every song is beautiful in its own unique way. Songs like "The Carnival Is Over" and "Enigma of The Absolute" are beautiful, using etheral sounds that blend melodically with the lyrics. There are two or three songs with stunning guitar riffs, around four songs sang by the female vocalist (With an amazing, unearthly voice), and many other gothic songs that I truly enjoyed. I listen to this cd at night and it is quite relaxing- you are transported into another world. If you want some interesting, different music, but are unsure what to get, try Dead Can Dance. I am sure you would love its gothic air and otherworldly ambiance.

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