Summoning of the Muse: A Tribute to Dead Can Dance

Summoning of the Muse: A Tribute to Dead Can Dance


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Released as the reunited duo carried out its first American tour in years, Summoning of the Muse, much like the previous year's double-CD tribute The Lotus Eaters, is an enjoyable enough collection of reinterpretations of the work of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard that can (understandably enough) never fully capture the beauty of the originals. It's still a fine collection in its own right, serving as a bit of a sampler for the Projekt label along the way -- Projekt head Sam Rosenthal's band Black Tape for a Blue Girl contributes to the collection, bemusingly enough with the very same track they did for The Lotus Eaters, "Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book." The other songs are a mix of previously recorded and released efforts and newer work, beginning with Arcana's appropriate choice, "The Arcane" -- as Peter Bjärgö's arrangements always clearly took inspiration from Dead Can Dance, it's a fine start. (As seems appropriate, Arcana are the only band to appear on the album twice, returning with a majestic though admittedly straightforward take on "Enigma of the Absolute"). As is often the case with tributes, the strongest songs are the most original interpretations, often the ones where the group's own personality reframes the core song. Thus, Autumn's Grey Solace's post-Cocteaus wash of guitar and singing provides a new spin on "Musica Eternal," while Chandeen's "In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated" gives a surprisingly modern, almost mainstream twist to the song. Stoa's downcast version of "Cantara" is also noteworthy, piano-led and darkly serene. In contrast, efforts like Rajna's own take on "Cantara," Athan Maroulis and Surface 10's "Ulysses," and Mirabilis' admittedly beautiful "The Writing on My Father's Hand" are enjoyable but not revelatory, appreciative but contributing little to Dead Can Dance's remarkable legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2005
Label: Projekt Records
UPC: 0617026017327
catalogNumber: 173
Rank: 65504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Dunn   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Vicki Richards   Violin
Michael Laird   Guitar
Jillian Armenante   Background Vocals
Athan Maroulis   Vocals
Surface 10   Percussion
William Faith   Voices
Sam Rosenthal   electronics
Dan Allen   Track Performer
Monica Richards   Voices
Summer Bowman   Track Performer
Stefan Eriksson   Background Vocals,Darbouka,finger cymbals
Lisa Feuer   Flute
Elysabeth Grant   Background Vocals
Ann Mari Thim   Background Vocals
Peter Bjärgö   Vocals
Fabrice Lefebvre   Synthesizer,Percussion,Cymbals,Background Vocals,Santoor
Jeanne Lefebvre   Voices,Shaker
Ia Bjärgö   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lisa Gerrard   Composer
Brendan Perry   Composer
Surface 10   Producer
Faith & the Muse   Producer
William Faith   Engineer,Instrumentation
Sam Rosenthal   Producer,Engineer,Song Selection
Monica Richards   Instrumentation
Summer Bowman   Engineer
Pete Murray   Producer,Engineer
Peter Bjärgö   Instrumentation
Scott Ferrell   Instrumentation

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