Into The Labyrinth was the sixth album by Dead Can Dance. Released in 1993 it was also one of their most commercially successful outings. The Australian duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard wrote their songs separately highlighting their individuality for the first time. The album is also the first where the pair played all the instruments themselves. Taking influences from world and folk music, the art rock duo make music that is equal parts beautiful and mesmerising.
Vinyl Double LP £18.55 DAD3621
2LP reissue on 4AD with new cover artwork and altered track sequence.
CD £7.99 CAD3621CD
Remastered reissue CD on 4AD.
7/10 Jack 12th May 2016
This isn't my favourite album of theirs, but overall it is still very good. To my ears, Into The Labyrinth has a bit more of an earthy, tribal sound than some of their other albums. Not every track does, but many. I would call "Yulunga" the best thing here, with its beating drums and ancient vibe, and it was a single after all - with an amazing video even. "The Umbiquitous Mr. Lovegrove" is probably the closest thing to a pop song, though not one really, and I very much love the track "The Spiders Stratagem", as it reminds me of old DCD.
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