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David Sylvian


Crossover Prog

3.78 | 109 ratings

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4 stars A complex record, standing in the fine line in-between prog and true art-rock-avant-garde, a son of the early nineties but without an obvious link to the eighties... i mean a jewel in the sand, large passages, a lot of mood, the magnificent pressence of Mr. Fripp, strange sounds, distorted ideas... phew, a lot of things to be explained but better heard. The record of course has the vocal imprint of his master creator, that strange and solid musical vision, but enlarged by the mind-driven textures of Fripp.

A feast, starting with GOD'S MONKEY a retro-pop/rock approach with mixed harmonies, delightful, followed by the BOWIEish JEAN THE BIRDMAN, with a lot of guitar attack, and what to say about FIREPOWER, wow!!! a great cut of "standards" using some certain jam idea from the middle on... from here, BRIGHTNESS FALLS and 20TH CENTURY DREAMING evokes the previous song structures with magnificent texture work, begging for more, leaving the cherry of the pie to DARSHAN, a 17 plus minute song of rhythm and soul, with some funk approaches and outstanding theatricallity, finishing with the most beautiful ENOish ambient song BRINGING DOWN THE LIGHT. In a few words, a magic journey from start to end, a great excersise of music creation and ego collaboration. peace

arqwave | 4/5 |


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