Peter Ulrich


Pathways And Dawns

Peter Ulrich - Pathways And Dawns ©1999 Projekt
1. Taqaharu's Leaving
2. Always Dancing
3. Life Amongst The Black Sheep
4. Journey Of Discovery
5. Nocturne
6. Evocation
7. The Spring Of Hope
8. Time And A Word

Peter Ulrich is associated with Dead Can Dance so one can astutely expect his own solo work to be flavored with that worldly, rich and exotic feel of that band. Pathways and Dawns is in fact a wide spanning record that takes root in, for lack of a better term, world music. Even in my limited knowledge of non-rock formats, I can sense there is influence from several different continents on this record, much the same way Peter Gabriel would seamlessly blend exotic flavorings. Ulrich is able to create stirring tracks such as "Evocation" to pensive moody pieces like the album opener "Taqaharu's Leaving". The fact that he is able to weave a variety of moods and styles throughout greatly improves its overall listenability. Fans of Dead Can Dance need to immediately rush out to buy this record and fans of Peter Gabriel or any other of exotic music should take a chance on this as well.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 10/1999

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Enter The Mysterium

Peter Ulrich - Enter The Mysterium ©2005 City Canyon Records
1. At Mortlake
2. The Scryer And The Shewstone
3. Across The Bridge
4. Nothing But The Way
5. The Witchbottle Of Suffolk
6. The True Cross
7. Kakatak Tamai
8. Another Day
9. Through Those Eyes
10. Flesh To Flame

Peter Ulrich, one-time percussionist for the seminal Dead Can Dance and contributor to supergroup This Mortal Coil, has been hitting it solo for over half a decade, albeit with a rather sporadic release schedule. Enter the Mysterium, unlike its more worldly predecessor, takes its roots from, among other genres, the olden British folk of yesteryear. Indeed, while listening to this new record I cannot help but imagine myself carousing away at the local Renaissance festival, arm in arm with a barmy wench (or trollop) doing some odd little step-dance thing. But in all seriousness, despite its innate cheesiness, Enter the Mysterium is a decent but not original foray into neo-folk, ambient, and medieval (and yes, even some world music. A DCD alumnus album would not be complete without the occasional synthesized marimba flourish) music that contains many moving moments throughout its fifty-five minute duration.

If I were to fault Peter for anything it would be that his singing voice, while not offkey perse, leaves very much to be desired as more often than not he comes off as a poor man's Tony Wakeford (who doesn't have that great of a singing voice himself). Also, a lot of the keyboard arrangements sound very cheesy and would be much better suited to live instrumentation.

I'd imagine fans of latter Sol Invictus finding something to like within at least one of these ten tracks, and while I know that in all likelihood I probably won't be pulling this album out too often, I can give the utmost in kudos to Ulrich for continuing down the path of honest musical creativity.

Review by Alec A. Head

Review date: 05/2005

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