The subject matter covered in Carmina stays pretty basic: love, lust, the pleasures of drinking and the heightened moods evoked by springtime. These primitive and persistently relevant themes are nicely camouflaged by the Latin and old German texts, so the listener can actually feign ignorance while listening to virtually X-rated lyrics. (Veni Veni Venias! Come, come come now!)The music itself toggles between huge forces and a single voice, juxtaposing majesty and intimacy with ease...
Irony, some say, is the art of juxtaposing incongruous parts. One needs a knowing distance . Irony presupposes detachment, which, in the case of Animal Rights, we may forgive Doctor Dillamond for being without.