Soulsavers & Dave Gahan «The Light the Dead See» [2012] (eng)

Dave Gahan unexpectedly (as for me) found a new incarnation for his ultimately beautiful voice in the 4th album of Soulsavers «The Light the Dead See». Without any doubt, both he and the band have benefited from this collaborative piece of music. Definitely, all of the Soulsaver’s songs shine with individual everlasting light of Dave’s talent. As for Dave, this record was a good possibility to try himself in a slightly different image which is not quite the one he has been performing with a great success for more than 30 years as a vocalist of already legendary known band «Depeche Mode».
Everything starts right in the first instrumental composition «La Ribera» that shows the essence of Soulsavers and what to expect from them. As a unique camertone it gives a feeling of emotions and the mood which will run the show through the whole album. This song is full of disturbingly somber and classically light feeling of anticipation of something deep, genuine, monumental, complex and heavy but surely aesthetic. Album which has, and more importantly starts, with such composition like «La Ribera» definitely deserves the closest attention and implies that this album contains much more diamonds to be discovered. It seems like Dave is not here in this composition, he’s invisible, but it’s he who plays these heart-piercing sounds on harmonica. It talks directly to each soul and disturbs it with its wistfulness. As a matter of fact, Dave appears here in a little bit different image, as if to show the other side of him — neither the one of his solo-album nor the one from Depeche Mode. It’s the same terrific Dave, yet slightly different. And this his other side sounds as a seamless whole with Soulsavers as if he has been a vocalist for 30 years in this particular band and not in the other one. His voice shines ever so brightly accompanied by the violins, cellos, acoustic guitars, winds and of course together with the classically «black» voices of back-vocal that are already the standard of quality and style. In the midst of all this beauty his voice is like a perfect solo instrument which irresistibly attracts and appeals, conquers you with its rich, crisp and sensual sound. This is really a perfectly harmonic combination — the voice, lyrics, music — that creates a very special atmosphere. «Presence of God» all alone could be reason enough for Dave Gahan and Soulsavers to meet and work together. I’d call this song a revelation song. But apart from it there are more revelations — «I can’t stay», «Bitterman», «Take»… no point in listing them all because the whole album itself is a revelation.. or rather confession.
Without regard to all said above you should bear in mind that this album will not blind you with its light like the Sun, nor take you far away on its wings like vehement love, nor overwhelm you with new sensations and experimental sounds. It won’t give you anything like that. Because it’s more like a steady narration and the first impression is that it is even monotonous or boring. I didn’t manage to listen to all of the compositions from the first try. But those «La Ribera», «In the morning», «Presence of God» clung to me, brought me back and made me want to give it another try. That’s what gave me the chance to understand that this sluggish story-telling hides something as deep as the sea, something with perfections of the soul lit up with the light of wisdom.. the soul covered in distinguished scars after all of the trials and tribulations it’s been through. And I was convinced once again that it takes time (not just a fleet glance) to get to know the beauty and depth of significant things in this life. The fact that Dave wrote the lyrics of each song in this album adds a lot of credibility to every word that he sings, every sound that he produces. For almost 44 minutes you listen to this man, who seems to have learnt wisdom of this life, lived through the sufferings, losses and pain. Knowing that every word comes from the bottom of his heart makes his songs that much intimate and trustworthy.. and now he is telling you about it in a very calm and deliberate manner. You can’t help listening to these words which flow so naturally as one stream, transforming from one song into another, building an indissoluble chain.. so indissoluble as life itself… which always goes on and never stops.. until it becomes non-life. His story is dark, disturbing and depressing. It promises you no happy love, no castles in the air, no breathtaking success. Yet, it has the touch of enlightment, the knowledge of life which is so simple and so complicated in understanding. In all this darkness you can feel romance. Romance of every deep breath you take, when no matter the pain you’ve been through you appreciate every moment spent on the Earth with all its complications and disappointments.
Dave Gahan doesn’t dance here his seductive dances, doesn’t strip to the waist. He’s decently elegant and stylish in the white buttoned down shirt and black vest, yet still so frank, intimate and full of energy that take a source in the wisdom and the depth of his heart. His seduction here is of a different nature – you want to hang on his every phrase, agree with him and implement his instructive words into your life (something like “Take all you can from the life you’ve been given and stop making plans”) or reconsider your life from the very beginning (“Life is so short and you’re going to get caught being bought”). You trust him, respect him and honor him. And you take great enjoyment in everything he does.
Sure enough the job done by Soulsavers in instruments, music and arrangements is outstanding. But Dave Gahan is almost the only hero through all of the 12 compositions narration. I can’t say whether it was intentional or unintentional, caused only by the nature of his talent and charisma, but music is just a frame (though of ultimate beauty and harmony) to Dave’s story-telling. Music never leads, never takes advantage. The footlight is always on Dave. The only time when music shines itself and doesn’t require anything else is in instrumental compositions 1 and 7 (“La Ribera” and “Point Sur Pt. 1). Soulsavers definitely know how to touch the very nerve of the audience. These 2 compositions are the very best decoration for a perfect picture as it is. They are like a jewel.. among 10 others.
This album is for dark sadness of grey joyless days, for weariness that follows torrent of emotions. This album is for calm attempts to figure out who you are and what this world is. This album is for days when we have to learn our lessons while they are becoming a part of us, changing our future selves and our outlook.
And every time you listen to this album it makes you think that Dave’s voice is the most beautiful voice in the Universe and nothing compares to it.
If you’re sad and dark enough but past the stage of the pain and ready to transform your sadness and darkness into philosophy with healing light, and if you want to chose something assonant with its beauty then “The Light the Dead See” is your best choice.

1. La Ribera
2. In The Morning
3. Longest Day
4. Presence of God
5. Just Try
6. Gone Too Far
7. Point Sur Pt.1
8. Take Me Back Home
9. Bitterman
10. I Can’t Stay
11. Take
12. Tonight


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