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Dead Can Dance


First album in 16 years from the reformed Australian duo, renowned for their combination of neo-classical, new age world music and gothic folk

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  1. 9.0 |   Tone Deaf

    Anastasis is a damn revelation, and well worth the lengthy wait
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  2. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    It’s the rare album meant for longtime fans that is also accessible to new listeners
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  3. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Finds Dead Can Dance firmly in their comfort zone, at a time when neither Gerrard nor Perry should feel they have anything left to prove
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    Surprisingly enjoyable. Print edition only

  5. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Reunions are tricky things, it’s hard to think of an example of many that really work on a creative level, but Dead Can Dance can lay a reasonable claim to one
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  6. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The goth aesthetic that made Dead Can Dance one of 4AD’s quintessential acts in the ‘80s still simmers just beneath the surfaces of its pieces, framing all the worldly elements with a distinctive, consistent perspective
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  7. 7.0 |   Blurt

    The duo's signature blend of worldbeat rhythms and ancient melodies with rich electronic atmospheres is still potent
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  8. 6.0 |   All Music

    Anastasis will more than likely please longtime fans - and to be fair that is who it seems geared to - rather than win many new ones
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  9. 6.0 |   music OMH

    An accomplished record and one that fits well within Dead Can Dance’s output, but it is a hard listen. That’s not because it is at any point sonically abrasive but more because, despite moments of beauty, it’s a little monotonous
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  10. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Their signature sound remains, as ever, a unique combination of world music instrumentation and old music idioms ... but it has not evolved in the intervening decade and half
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  11. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    The material here is more comfortable, constrained and conservative than the truly transporting sounds of their back catalogue
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  12. 6.0 |   State

    They’re back, and they’re the same, unweathered by age or bothered by innovation. Whether or not that’s entirely marvellous depends on where you stood in the first place. A comfortable return
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  13. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    This album could be hypnotic – if only it plodded less and soared more
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  14. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The core sound of the group, namely big, booming percussion and Gerrard’s tinny yangqin (a Chinese variant of the dulcimer), remains at the forefront of Anastasis
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  15. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    They split the vocals approximately 50/50, and Gerrard's habit of singing in ancient tongues maintains her mystique
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  16. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    If a new band had made this album our cultural arbiters would be all over it like a rash
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  17. 6.0 |   Mojo

    It's like they've never been away. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   Uncut

    The duo's artfully woven sonic tapestry is somewhat spoiled by the po-faced new age banalities of their lyrics. Print edition only

  19. 5.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Anastasis demands intense, patient listening, though it rarely rewards it
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  20. 4.0 |

    Anastasis may just represent a triumph of style over substance, a record that is hard to warm to and difficult to fall in love with
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