WAKE - THE BEST OF
DOUBLE COMPILATION 4AD, PLAYGROUND
RELEASE: MAY 5, 2003 REVIEW: JUNE 10, 2003
collection DCD of great D C D songs? When a box already exists? And with
such a high grade? What’s the point - and has the reviewer lost
Well, yes - there really is a point. And no - the reviewer has not lost
his mind. Not more than usual when exposed to sense expanding music, anyway.
You see, Dead Can Dance were revolutionaries, and a reissue of 26 of their
songs is an act of cultural significance, no matter how crass and commercial
the real motives are. To let even more listeners discover the somewhat
pretentious, but mind boggling aural world of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard
is a truly good thing. I mean, just listen to the first of these two discs,
and let yourself be drawn into an ancient world of gloom and beauty beyond
what any contemporary music manages to create. Gerrard and Perry conjure
up images of long lost moors and castles, Boschian tableaux and anything
your heart desires.
yes, there is a box with even more songs - apart from the full-length
albums Dead Can Dance released when they were active. But a box costs
lot of money, and a two-CD compilation let more presumptive listeners
discover this groundbreaking Australian duo. For us who already own most
of their back catalogue there aren’t many goodies in here though.
Just an early demo. That’s it. With more unreleased material, the
grade would’ve been even higher. That's how good this selection
of songs is.