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  • Summary: The ninth full-length release for the musical project of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry was inspired by European festivals that began as celebrations for the Greek god Dionysus.
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  1. Uncut
    Nov 5, 2018
    80
    As Gerrard's voice recedes into the silence, we're left with the sense that the hungers for mystery and transcendence this music explores could be as fundamental to us as it was to those who partied so hard so long ago. [Dec 2018, p.32]
  2. Nov 19, 2018
    80
    For existing fans of the group, it should come as a rewarding and affirming release; for those of us new to the group, it should act as a little reminder that there are plenty of ways to tell a story through music.
  3. Q Magazine
    Nov 20, 2018
    80
    The first section--an intoxicating invocation of sea voyages and Bacchanalian rites--is richly instrumental, the second an otherworldly swirl of chants and ecstatic song that couldn't have been made by anyone but them. [Jan 2019, p.106]
  4. Nov 5, 2018
    75
    Dead Can Dance have always had a knack for creating engaging, crafty, and atmospheric melodies that are combined with otherworldly rhythms and beats and Dionysus proves that they only get better with age.
  5. Nov 5, 2018
    73
    Dionysus is an album of radical ambition, a work of scholarly pursuit and musical depth that explores European folk traditions, the boundaries of language, and Latin American bird calls.
  6. Nov 8, 2018
    70
    Each movement offers a unique interpretation of pagan fervor, making for something akin to a modern soundtrack to ancient rites.
  7. Nov 5, 2018
    64
    Dionysus is a great album to play while relaxing, or, even better melting into a deep meditation. It’s short by contemporary standards, coming in at just over 36 minutes total, so don’t expect to plan a whole dinner party around it, but it’s perfectly suited for the main course. Just don’t expect Dionysus to show up when this is played--it’s too cluttered to work as the intended invocation, a showtunes version of ritual celebration.

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  1. Nov 7, 2018
    10
    Amazing and probably their most conceptual album. Divided in 2 acts, the album lives up to its name.
  2. Nov 7, 2018
    9
    Regarding Dionysus: this album is almost as magical and mysterious as Spiritchaser (My personal favorite); but moves in it's own direction asRegarding Dionysus: this album is almost as magical and mysterious as Spiritchaser (My personal favorite); but moves in it's own direction as a concept. This is a whole album: solid, complex, rich and enchanting. Loved it as an evolution that some fans may not like; in my case, my heart smiles.
    PS. The headphones experience is overwhelming, highly recommended!
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