Dead Can Dance
Spleen and Ideal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chortles USER (18 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2013 | 82 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist


Formed in 1981, Australian band Dead Can Dance is one that saw fascinating artistic progression early on in its existence. Their self-titled debut, though an admittedly great album, lacked the imagination and experimentation displayed in their masterpiece, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, which was released only three years later. Spleen and Ideal sees itself in the center of these two works, serving as a platform for the band’s creative gains and stylistic changes.

Through this progression, Spleen and Ideal ends up being the band’s transition from gothic music to the darkwave style that would define the rest of their career. Its incorporation of ideas from both styles is perhaps the album’s greatest success, namely in that it provides Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard (the band’s core members and primary songwriters) with room for the experimentation that was previously lacking. Perry’s songs still resemble more conventional post punk, with the dominant bass lines and depressive vocals that the genre is known for, but makes heavy use of horns and strings to fill out the sound. It’s this simple fusion that makes Perry’s compositions brilliant; his heavy reliance on instrumentation lends its hand in creating a unique, engrossing atmosphere. Gerrard reciprocates the same ideas as her partner in these components, but her songs prove that she is more willing to go off the beaten path in that she wholly embraces the group’s new direction. Her songs never feel inaccessible in any way though, as her penchant for experimentation is augmented by sensational vocal performances and a knack for great melodies. Despite obvious differences, the duo’s songs fit well enough to provide for a cohesive listen; nothing ever feels out of place throughout the album.

To think this was a band just getting their feet wet makes Spleen and Ideal all the more intriguing, as it’s not only a pivotal point for Dead Can Dance but also a fantastic album in its own right. Perry and Gerrard would dive into the more ambitious territory they hinted at, but they would never sound quite like they did here.



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Chortles
June 3rd 2013


21376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

idk

JamieTwort
June 3rd 2013


26988 Comments


a Chortles review; insta-pos.

ViperAces
June 3rd 2013


12593 Comments


how can they dance
i mean theyre dead

Chortles
June 3rd 2013


21376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

viper raising the important questions



and thanks jamie, what a kind gesture

Titan
June 3rd 2013


19244 Comments


never heard this yet I enjoyed your review Chortles.....i'll have to check it out......pos'd


doesn't seem like a sheepish album ;)

ViperAces
June 3rd 2013


12593 Comments


band is pretty good btw

Keyblade
June 3rd 2013


26868 Comments


best band

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laughingman22
June 3rd 2013


2808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn I was going to review this album...



Eventually



Pos

Chortles
June 3rd 2013


21376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol thx titan

TMobotron
June 3rd 2013


7236 Comments


Haha nice to see you actually did this. Nice work bra, pos.

Chortles
June 3rd 2013


21376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha thanks man, last night made me feel guilty for not reviewing this when i was supposed to so i at

least wrote a lil bit up

YoYoMancuso
June 10th 2013


12742 Comments


never saw this, awesome review.

Chortles
June 11th 2013


21376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx m80

DrHouseSchuldiner
June 16th 2013


5643 Comments


Amazing and beautiful at the same time

DrHouseSchuldiner
June 16th 2013


5643 Comments


Sweet rev,pos'd

tommygun
June 17th 2013


26847 Comments


great read mate easy pos

really dig your style it's concise as fuck

Chortles
June 17th 2013


21376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks pals, and tommy that's more of just that i'm too lazy to write more than this lol

tommygun
June 17th 2013


26847 Comments


yeah but you didn't need to that's why i used the word 'concise' :]

Keyblade
May 23rd 2014


26868 Comments


best band [2]

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2016


13078 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bestbestbest

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