The Serpent's Egg

The Serpent's Egg

by Dead Can DanceDead Can Dance

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Perry and Gerrard continued to experiment and improve with The Serpent's Egg, as much a leap forward as Spleen and Ideal was some years previously. As with that album, The Serpent's Egg was heralded by an astounding first track, "The Host of Seraphim." Its use in films some years later was no surprise in the slightest -- one can imagine the potential range of epic images the song could call up -- but on its own it's so jaw-droppingly good that almost the only reaction is sheer awe. Beginning with a soft organ drone and buried, echoed percussion, Gerrard then takes flight with a seemingly wordless invocation of power and worship -- her vocal control and multi-octave range, especially towards the end, has to be heard to be believed. Nothing else achieves such heights, but everything gets pretty darn close, a deserved testament to the band's conceptual reach and abilities. Slow plainsong chants such as "Orbis De Ignis" mix with the harpischord and overlaid vocals of "The Writing on My Father's Hand" and the slow build and sweep of "In the Kingdom of the Blind the One-Eyed Are Kings." Two of Perry's finest vocal moments occur here. The first, "Severance," is a slow, organ/keyboard led number that showcases his rich, warm vocals exquisitely -- it's no wonder that Bauhaus chose to cover it some years later on its reunion tour. "Ullyses," the album's closing track, makes for a fine ending as much as "The Host of Seraphim" did an opening, Perry's delivery almost like a reading from a holy book, the arrangement of strings and percussion rhythmic, addictive and lovely.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2008
Label: 4Ad
UPC: 0652637270921
catalogNumber: 72709
Rank: 36100

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dead Can Dance   Primary Artist
Lisa Gerrard   Vocals,Voices
Brendan Perry   Vocals,Voices,Hurdy-Gurdy
Tony Gamage   Violin,Cello
David Navarro Sust   Vocals,Voices
Rebecca Jackson   Violin
Andrew Bessley   Viola
Alison Harling   Violin
Sarah Buckley   Viola
Rebecca Jackson   Violin
Andrew Beesley   Viola

Technical Credits

Dead Can Dance   Producer,Audio Production
Lisa Gerrard   Composer
Brendan Perry   Composer,Insert
John A. Rivers   Producer,Audio Production
Vaughan Oliver   Insert

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