Within the Realm of a Dying Sun

Within the Realm of a Dying Sun

by Dead Can Dance
     
 

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With its two sides split between Perry and Gerrard's vocal efforts, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun serves as both a display for the ever more ambitious band and a chance for the two to individually demonstrate their awesome talents. Beginning with the portentous

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With its two sides split between Perry and Gerrard's vocal efforts, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun serves as both a display for the ever more ambitious band and a chance for the two to individually demonstrate their awesome talents. Beginning with the portentous "Anywhere Out of the World," a piece that takes the deep atmospherics of "Enigma of the Absolute" to a higher level with mysterious, chiming bells, simple but effective keyboard bass and a sense of vast space, the album finds Dead Can Dance on a steady roll. Once again a range of assistant musicians provide even more elegance and power to the band's work, with a chamber string quartet plus various performers on horns, woodwind, and percussion. Impressive though the remainder of the first side is, Gerrard's showcase on the second half is even more enveloping and arguably more successful. The martial combination of drums and horns that start "Dawn of the Iconoclast" call to mind everything from Wagner to Laibach, but Gerrard's unearthly alto, at its most compelling here, elevates it even higher. "Cantara" is no less impressive, a swirling, drum-heavy song that sounds equally inspired by gypsy dancing, classical orchestras and any number of Arab musical traditions. "Summoning of the Muse" is perhaps too formal in comparison, though still quite impressive, but "Persephone" is the finer effort and a good way to close.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
Label:
4ad / Ada
UPC:
0652637270822
catalogNumber:
72708
Rank:
58484

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dead Can Dance   Primary Artist
Lisa Gerrard   Vocals,Voices,Multi Instruments,Various
Brendan Perry   Vocals,Voices,Multi Instruments,Various
Andrew Claxton   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Tony Gamage   Cello
Peter Ulrich   Timpani,Snare Drums
Richard Avison   Trombone
Ruth Watson   Oboe
Alison Harling   Violin
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Gus Ferguson   Cello
Piero Gasparini   Viola
John Singleton   Trombone
John Singleton   Trombone
Mark Gerrard   Trumpet
Ruth Watson   Oboe

Technical Credits

Dead Can Dance   Producer
Francisco Cabeza   Engineer
Lisa Gerrard   Composer,Instrumentation
Brendan Perry   Composer,Cover Design,Instrumentation
John A. Rivers   Producer,Engineer
Bernard Oudin   Cover Photo
Francisco Cabeza   Engineer

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