Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg
 
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Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg

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    The fourth Dead Can Dance album, THE SERPENT'S EGG, continues the band's evolution away from tradition rock/pop song structures. The tracks are instead built on sustained chords, vocal harmonizing, and brittle-sounding string instruments. "Orbis de Ign......more

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Artist: Dead Can Dance
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The fourth Dead Can Dance album, THE SERPENT'S EGG, continues the band's evolution away from tradition rock/pop song structures. The tracks are instead built on sustained chords, vocal harmonizing, and brittle-sounding string instruments. "Orbis de Ignis" is almost a cappella, the only music being a bell struck between verses, with the ethereal voice of Lisa Gerrard (and others) skittering over the surface. Along with the insistent tribal drumming of "Mother Tongue," which eventually evolves into a wordless chant by Lisa Gerrard, the best tracks here are two featuring Brendan Perry's vocals, "Severance" and "Ullyses." The first opens on an ominous drone as the song's narrative tells of a fading community (or civilization, even). The second features some of Perry's most interesting work with the hurdy-gurdy, which is echoed by a string section. Also of note is the creepy vocal interplay in "Echolalia." For fans of This Mortal Coil, "Song of Sophia" distinctly recalls that band's "Song to the Siren." This is maybe not the best Dead Can Dance record to begin with--it is certainly the group's most insular--but for fans it is another fascinating trip to the dawn of Western music.
See Also:
Wake, Toward the Within, A Passage in Time, Spleen and Ideal, 1981-1998, Spiritchaser
See Influences:
Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Clannad, The Cure, Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley, Nico, Bertolt Brecht (Poet/Playwright), Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Bauhaus (UK), Joy Division, Planxty, Kate Bush
See Contemporaries:
Coil, Brendan Perry, Opal, This Mortal Coil, Barbara Gogan, Kate Bush, Delerium, The Psychedelic Furs, Bel Canto, Loreena McKennitt, Sheila Chandra, Sinead O'Connor, Peter Murphy, Tori Amos, Deep Forest, Cranes, The Blue Nile, Nick Cave, Virginia Astley, Cocteau Twins, Manic Street Preachers, Peter Gabriel, Enigma, Shelleyan Orphan, Eyeless in Gaza, Hugo Largo, Blackgirls
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Host of Seraphim, The
  2. 2 Orbis de Ignis
  3. 3 Severance
  4. 4 Writing on My Father's Hand, The
  5. 5 In the Kingdom of the Blind the One-Eyed Are Kings
  6. 6 Chant of the Paladin
  7. 7 Song for Sophia
  8. 8 Echolalia
  9. 9 Mother Tongue
  10. 10 Ullyses
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Rock & Pop
Subgenre:
Alternative
Label:
4AD Records
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
36 : 15
UPC:
652637270921
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