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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. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    Dionysus sounds both ancient and contemporary at the same time, and there are not many groups that can show so much reverence for ancient traditions from a modern music perspective. Their eclectic approach to songwriting goes far beyond contemporary music genres, and that is ultimately the record's biggest asset.
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    80
    As an unofficial soundtrack for ritual madness, religious ecstasy, sex, winemaking, and song, Dionysus excels.
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    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]
  4. 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.
  5. Nov 8, 2018
    70
    Each movement offers a unique interpretation of pagan fervor, making for something akin to a modern soundtrack to ancient rites.
  6. Nov 6, 2018
    70
    Gerrard sings less than on previous albums with vocal credits for just two songs, "The Mountain" and "Psychopomp". Her limited vocals are another reason that the album's brevity is somewhat disappointing. ... Still, Dionysus satisfies and demonstrates that Dead Can Dance are still alive and recording.
  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!