David Lang-You Will Return(Death Speaks)

On his new album, Death Speaks, Lang stops dancing around the subject and invites the implied muse behind his late-period transformation to center stage. As its title makes plain, the five love songs on Speaks are in the voice of Death; the words put in Death’s mouth, meanwhile, are Schubert’s. “Something that has always attracted me to the songs of Franz Schubert is how present death is,” Lang writes in the liner notes. “It isn’t a state of being or a place or a metaphor, but a person, a character in a drama who can tell us in our own language what to expect in the World to Come.” http://pitchfork.com/reviews/