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2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

“Don’t call it a comeback” is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr. Dre wasn’t exactly absent during the seven-year stretch between his first and second albums (“California Love,” anybody?), but his 1999 sophomore release 2001 is littered with lines like “Ladies pay… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 31, 2012 - 11:55 am

Album Of The Week: Dead Can Dance Anastasis

My wife, just now: “Are you listening to monk music up there?” Close enough! Among the vampire-pop auteurs who first gave 4AD Records its signature sound, Dead Can Dance were the ones whose music sounded the most ancient and ritualistic, and that was certainly by design. The Australian duo pulled from different ancestral-music traditions from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Dead Can Dance – “Amnesia”

It’s been 16 years since Spiritchaser, the last album from ambient/world-music/goth duo Dead Can Dance. In that time, both halves of the band — Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry — have released solo work, but mostly left DCD dormant, except to release compilations and live recordings. No more. This year will bring us not only… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 25, 2012 - 5:04 pm