By Steven Mirkin
Updated October 28, 1994 at 04:00 AM EDT

Implacably serious and maddeningly eclectic, Dead Can Dance create music as airless and pretentious as only a band that titles a song ”Piece for Solo Flute” can. Lisa Gerrard has a pretty, supple voice, and the band manages to create a listenable Middle Eastern groove, but Toward the Within is mostly a dull, plodding affair. C-