Spleen and Ideal

Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal
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Based on 70 ratings
1985 Ratings: #11
Liked by 6 people
September 1, 1985 / Release Date
LP / Format
- / Label
Darkwave / Genres
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Moving slowly away from their roots of Gothic Rock to their more well-Known sound of Darkwave (incorporating more Neoclassical elements) with their signature elements of tribal influence and everything rammed to an epic and larger scale. Spleen and Ideal proves itself as a great listen and another the band will greater improve, it is clear they had unlocked something special.

Track Review

De Profundis (Out Of The Depths Of Sorrow) 9.5/10
Ascension 8/10
Circumradiant Dawn 7.5/10.
The Cardinal ... read more
Inspired by the poesie of Charles Baudelaire, the duo sets the hypnotic environment to practise its mystical ceremonie.
Approach slowly!
This was an interesting album, as if someone took moody music, pulled some Indian / Asian music stylings, and recorded it all in a castle or an opera house. There was a large, overblown feel to the music as if everything they did was epic and grand and weighty, but I didn’t get any of that. It was dark and atmospheric, but beyond the second song, I found little to enjoy.
#1 De Profundis (Out Of The Depths Of Sorrow)
#2 Ascension (Remastered)
#6 Enigma Of The Absolute
#7 Advent
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Track List

  1. De Profundis (Out of the Depths of Sorrow)
  2. Ascension
  3. Circumradiant Dawn
  4. The Cardinal Sin
  5. Mesmerism
  6. Enigma of the Absolute
  7. Advent
  8. Avatar
  9. Indoctrination (A Design for Living)
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Added on: April 11, 2016