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Summoning of the Muse: A Tribute to Dead Can Dance
1. Arcane, The - Arcana
2. Summoning of the Muse - Dark Sanctuary
3. Musica Eternal - Autumn's Grey Solace
4. Chant of the Paladin - Faith & the Muse
5. Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book - Black Tape for a Blue Girl
6. Cantara - Rajna
7. Writing on My Father's Hand, The - Mirabilis
8. In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated - Chandeen
9. Enigma of the Absolute - Arcana
10. Bird - Kobe
11. Ulysses - Athan Maroulis/Surface 10
12. Cantara - Stoa
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 173
Faith and the Muse; Sam Rosenthal; Surface 10; Pete Murray
Summer Bowman; Sam Rosenthal; Pete Murray; William Faith
Performers include: Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Faith & The Muse, Rajna Stoa, Dark Sanctuary, Autumn's Grey Solace, Arcana.
Tributee: Dead Can Dance.
Personnel: Peter Bjrg, Athan Maroulis (vocals); Michael Laird (guitar); Vicki Richards (violin); Lisa Feuer (flute); Fabrice Lefebvre (synthesizer, cymbals, percussion, background vocals); Kevin Dunn (drums, percussion, background vocals); Stefan Eriksson (finger cymbals, background vocals); Jeanne Lefebvre (shaker); Surface 10 (percussion); Sam Rosenthal (electronics); Ia Bjrg, Elysabeth Grant, Ann Mari Thim, Jillian Armenante (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Summer Bowman; Peter Bjrg; Kevin Dunn; Sam Rosenthal; Pete Murray ; William Faith.
Recording information: Atomic Breath Studio, New York, NY (??/1998-05/2005); Home (??/1998-05/2005); Los Angeles, CA (??/1998-05/2005); The Lush Garden, Brooklyn, NY (??/1998-05/2005); Waxy Yellow Build-Up Studio, New York, NY (??/1998-05/2005); Wisperthal, Los Angeles, CA (??/1998-05/2005).
Photographer: Stu Jenks.
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 Bjrg'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. ~ Ned Raggett
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