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3.84 | 19 ratings | 1 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

01. Sleepwalkers (with Martin Brandlmayr)
02. Money for all (with Nine Horses)
03. Ballad of a deadman feat. Joan Wasser (with Steve Jansen)
04. Angels (with Jan Bang and Erik Honorй aka Punkt)
05. World citizen - I won't be disappointed (with Ryuichi Sakamoto/Chasm mix)
06. Five lines (with Dai Fujikura/ previously unreleased)
07. The day the earth stole heaven (with Nine Horses)
08. Playground martyrs (with Steve Jansen)
09. Exit/delete (with Masakatsu Takagi)
10. Pure genius (with Tweaker)
11. Wonderful world (with Nine Horses)
12. Transit (with Christian Fennesz)
13. The world is everything (with Takuma Watanabe)
14. Thermal (with Arve Henriksen)
15. Sugarfuel (with Readymade FC)
16. Trauma (solo outtake from Blemish)

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DAVID SYLVIAN Sleepwalkers ratings distribution

(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

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Review by snobb
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4 stars After long period of silence ex-Japan musician David Sylvian released his compilation album at the end of September,2010. features his greatest collaborations from the '00s, including World Citizen with Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Nine Horses project, and the new song Five Lines, a collaboration with Dai Fujikura.

Often thinking about new release of one or another crossover prog (read - pop music with prog elements) artist I afraid that it will be another simlified pop album with some pseudo-prog tricks just to make this product more attractive for (pseudo) intellectual listener. (Those lived in Uk some 10 yrs ago I believe remember popular roadster Toyota -MR 2. It was often named as " Ferrary for poor people" at that time). Unhappily, too often x-over prog releases sound as " King Crimson for simple people" these days...

Now about good things - happily there are real artists in that genre as well. David Sylvian is one of them for sure. After he left Japan (band,not country), he recorded many solo releases with almost every known progressive musician as collaborator. His albums are of different quality, but usually his music is true and open to listener.

This compilation includes his best songs from last decade. Almost all of them are remixed, and as a result this album stylistically sounds more like regular album, not compilation. Dark and light, melancholic, minimalist,electronic-based composition with clever lyrics. Tasty and intellectual music. Some great collaborators as usual.

I believe far not everyone listened to David's albums from last decade. This album is a great possibility to refresh his name in your memory, all in one place. If you like elegant,tasteful accessible music,without cheesy moments and pop in intellectual clothes, try this, you wouldn't be disappointed!

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