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Toward the Within (1994)

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After an excerpt from 'Baraka (1992)', featuring the music of Dead Can Dance, we see them in concert in Santa Monica CA, alternated with interview sequences with the lead members (Lisa ... See full summary »

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After an excerpt from 'Baraka (1992)', featuring the music of Dead Can Dance, we see them in concert in Santa Monica CA, alternated with interview sequences with the lead members (Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry) where they discuss their influences (Asian/Mid-Eastern music and Irish ballads), their instrumentation (Chinese dulcimer, various percussion, synthesizers), and their different approaches to lyrics (he sings words, she doesn't). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Astonishing
19 November 2004 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

I've been a fan of DCD for quite some time, but never viewed this concert video until recently. A flowing and expressive performance that cradles you in the experience, and tries - successfully - to show you how and why it is what it is - via the interview segments between songs.

Ms. Gerard, in an anecdote, speaks of her child singing and how she realized that it was important for song to not be constricted by the prison that is language. Once you've heard that spoken, you realize where DCD comes from artistically.

I recommend this DVD to anyone as it transcends genre, taste, and formula. It is nothing short of an amazing, moving testament to what many today have forgotten about the art of music. Bravo.


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