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David Sylvian


Crossover Prog

3.75 | 95 ratings

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3 stars This album was my introduction to David Sylvian's solo works. I happen to have the 2 LP album and the shortened CD, but I'll review the full version here.

The album is quite obviously two distinct pieces. The first record is the better of the two, with actual songs. It starts out sounding very much like Japan, with Ian Maidman taking the place of Mick Karn on fretless bass. And it's the guest musicians that really make this album. Aside from Japan-mates Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri, there's Bill Nelson, Kenny Wheeler, Mel Collins and St. Robert of Fripp.

The guests are necessary, as Sylvian has this tendency to sound like his vocal melodies are made up on the spot over the instrumental tracks, giving all of his songs a sameness that can get tedious without the nice guitars, horns, etc.

The second LP is very pastoral, almost ambient music, similar to some of Eno's work before he went completely narcoleptic. I suppose the album is okay as background noise when reading, but if you are attempting to listen to this for fun, good luck.

LP1: 3.5 stars LP2: 2.5 stars

Evolver | 3/5 |


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