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Dead Can Dance


Ninth studio album of avant-garde goth rock from Australian duo Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, six years after their last

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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    With Dionysus, Dead Can Dance have shown that not only are they one of the most original acts ever, but also that they are continuing to break new ground and reinventing the rule book
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  2. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    For existing fans of the group, it should come as a rewarding and affirming release; for those of us new to the group, it should act as a little reminder that there are plenty of ways to tell a story through music
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Mystical world music pioneers turn to classical myth. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There’s a huge range of musical textures here, reflecting the spread of the Dionysus cult throughout the ancient worlds and into our own
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  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Dionysus feels like it was written thousands of years ago
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  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Sounds both ancient and contemporary at the same time, and there are not many groups that can show so much reverence for ancient traditions from a modern music perspective
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    As an unofficial soundtrack for ritual madness, religious ecstasy, sex, winemaking, and song, Dionysus excels
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  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    As Gerrard's voice recedes into the silence, we're left with the sense that the hungers for mystery and transcendence this music explores could be as fundamental to us as it was to those who partied so hard so long ago. Print edition only

  9. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Dead Can Dance have always had a knack for creating engaging, crafty, and atmospheric melodies that are combined with otherworldly rhythms and beats and Dionysus proves that they only get better with age
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  10. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    That the album addresses such lofty concepts is admirable. That it does so in a work of visceral, accessible music that rewards surface listening and prolonged exploration is doubly so
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  11. 7.0 |   The Music

    Quiet for most of this decade, Dionysus nonetheless shows Perry and Gerrard have recharged their batteries and slowly rediscovered their inspiration. As such it’s very much one of those comeback albums which fools you into forgetting they were ever away
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  12. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Satisfies and demonstrates that Dead Can Dance are still alive and recording
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  13. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Each movement offers a unique interpretation of pagan fervor, making for something akin to a modern soundtrack to ancient rites
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  14. 6.4 |   Paste Magazine

    A soundtrack in search of a film
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