Spleen and Ideal

Label
Dead Can Dance
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
44:58

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Cardinal Sin 5:29 31,734
1 De Profundis (Out of the Depths of Sorrow) 3:56 24,069
2 Ascension 3:05 35,246
3 Circumradiant Dawn 3:17 32,389
5 Mesmerism 3:53 35,529
6 Enigma of the Absolute 4:12 68,772
7 Advent 5:19 32,213
8 Avatar 4:32 36,990
9 Indoctrination (A Design for Living) 4:12 24,489
De Profundis 3:58 3,832
Ascention 3:05 27

About this album

Spleen and Ideal is the second album recorded by Dead Can Dance, released in 1986. A rather ethereal form of gothic music, similar to the origins of its debut album, Dead Can Dance, and followed a more world music- and neoclassical-oriented content, with lyrics based on the writings of Charles Baudelaire and Thomas de Quincey. It is considered the group’s best album from a lyrical standpoint.

Track listing

1. “De Profundis (Out of the Depths of Sorrow)” – 4:00
2. “Ascension” – 3:05
3. “Circumradiant Dawn” – 3:17

4. “The Cardinal Sin” – 5:29
5. “Mesmerism” – 3:53
6. “Enigma of the Absolute” – 4:13
7. “Advent” – 5:19
8. “Avatar” – 4:35
9. “Indoctrination (A Design for Living)” – 4:16

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  • IgorDetoni

    Nothing can ever beat Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun. However, this is still bloody brilliant. [4]

    1 May 10:16pm Reply
  • Harkonnenka

    Mysterious vibes...I love this album so much...

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mutinyonark

    love this album. this one is on a whole different level

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TabooEv

    Listening to this album makes me feel like it could have been recorded in a completely different time, perhaps in the 14th century. Within the Realm of a Dying Sun is my favorite DCD album, but this one isn't too far behind.

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • VanDerThomas

    Nothing can ever beat Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun. However, this is still bloody brilliant. [3]

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkMinstrel

    My favourite, Avatar makes me shiver every time I listen to it !!

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Whoa. Excellent album. Had more post-punk edge than I was expecting - which is always a good thing. ; )

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Ehrmann

    How I haven't listened to this album until now remains a mystery. Absolutely entrancing.

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • jojothefoe

    my favorite

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • buriedKing

    This is magic.

    12 Oct 2011 Reply
  • android1985

    (Within... - #2)

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • android1985

    to the comment below: you can never have "too much synthesized instruments" :D (this is my favorite aswell.)

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Enkuturi

    …but this albums has too much synthesized instruments.

    13 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Enkuturi

    Enigma Of the Absolute is one of my favorites since I was a child.

    13 Jan 2011 Reply
  • katsman67

    Nothing can ever beat Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun. However, this is still bloody brilliant. [2]

    4 Jun 2010 Reply
  • BogdanStojakov

    Stunning! Songs on this album are dark, gloomy, hypnotic, but with that goth-dance feel to it. And, Lord_Jord, fuck you, too!

    13 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Lord_Jord

    fuck you all!

    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Blessedheart

    Nothing can ever beat Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun. However, this is still bloody brilliant.

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Zielona88

    The only DCD album that I don't really like. However, songs like "The Cardinal Sin" or "Mesmerism" are great.

    26 Nov 2009 Reply
  • bgranli

    my favorite as well

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
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