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2.32 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc One

1. Small Metal Gods
2. Died In The Wool
3. I Should Not Dare
4. Random Acts Of Senseless Violence
5. A Certain Slant Of Light
6. Anomaly At Taw Head
7. Snow White In Appalachia
8. Emily Dickinson
9. The Greatest Living Englishman (Coda)
10. Anomaly At Taw Head (A Haunting)
11. Manafon
12. The Last Days of December

Disc Two

1. When We Return You Won't Recognise Us


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Line-up / Musicians

David Sylvian: vocal (CD1), sampling (CD1#2, CD1#6, CD1#10), electronics (CD1#2, CD1#6), guitar (CD1#3), keyboards (CD1#4, CD1#7), acoustic guitar (CD1#4, CD1#6);
Jennifer Curtis: violin (CD1#1, CD1#4, CD1#6-7, CD1#9-10, CD1#12);
Erik Carlson: violin (CD1#1, CD1#6-7, CD1#9-10, CD1#12);
Margaret Dyer: viola (CD1#1, CD1#6-7, CD1#9-10, CD1#12);
Chris Gross: cello (CD1#1, CD1#6-7, CD1#9-10, CD1#12);
Dai Fujikara: string composition (CD1#1, CD1#7, CD1#9), clarinet samples, as performed by Kate Romano (CD1#2), string arrangement (CD1#4, CD1#6, CD1#10), string conductor (CD1#1, CD1#6-7, CD1#9, CD1#10), flute arrangement (CD1#10), flute conductor (CD1#10), original string arrangement sample (CD1#11);
Eddie Prévost: percussion (CD1#2, CD2);
Steve Jansen: cymbals (CD1#2), Elysian String Quartet direction (CD2); Toshimaru Nakamura: no-input mixing board (CD1#2, CD1#6, CD2);
Keith Rowe: guitar (CD1#2, CD1#4, CD1#6-7, CD1#11); Jan Bang: additional samples (CD1#2), string arrangement (CD1#3), samples (CD1#3, CD1#5, CD1#8, CD1#11);
Erik Honoré: additional samples (CD1#2), cello treatments (CD1#2), synthesizer (CD1#5), samples (CD1#5, CD1#11);
Hildur Gudnadottir: cello (sampled) (CD1#2);
Christian Fennesz: guitar (CD1#3-4, CD1#7), laptop (CD1#3-4, CD1#7);
Evan Parker: saxophone (CD1#3, CD1#6, CD1#10);
Ståle Storløkken: sampled synthesizer (CD1#3);
John Tilbury: piano (CD1#4, CD1#6-7);
Wener Dafeldecker: acoustic bass (CD1#4, CD1#7);
Michael Moser: cello (CD1#4, CD1#7);
Franz Hautzinger: trumpet (CD1#4, CD1#11);
Michi Wiancho: violin (CD1#4);
Wendy Richman: viola (CD1#4);
Katinka Kleijn: cello (CD1#4);
Arve Henriksen: sampled trumpet (CD1#5), trumpet (CD2);
Helge Sten: sampled guitar (CD1#5);
Sachiko M.: sine wave sampler (CD1#6);
Marcio Mattos: cello (CD1#6);
Christian Wallumrød: sampled piano (CD1#8);
Tetzui Akiyama: electric and acoustic guitar (CD1#9);
Otomo Yoshide: turntables (CD1#9);
Claire Chase: bass flute (CD1#10, CD1#12);
John Butcher: saxophone (CD2);
Günter Müller: iPods (CD2);
Emma Smith: violin (CD2);
Jennymay Logan: violin (CD2);
Vincent Sipprell: viola (CD2);
Laura Moody: cello (CD2);
Ros Stephen: violin (CD2);
Charlie Cross: viola (CD2).

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2CD Samadhisound ss021 (2011)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
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Review by Dobermensch
2 stars A fairly one dimensional and dreary album which, to call 'grey' would be giving porage a bad name. David Sylvian delivers his vocals here as though he's auditioning for the 'speaking clock'.

The addition of strings adds a certain degree of interest, but overall the structure is dreadful - lying scattered like a bag of sugar spilt over your kitchen floor.

The background sounds are excellent in an almost 'musique concrete' manner but the tunes, as such are awful. It's one of those beatless albums, with no drums, bass or guitar which I normally love, but here I'm left scratching my head in bewilderment.

Only the double tracked vocals help Sylvian out of the quicksand of this dirge. It may be a superbly clear and sharp recording, but guaranteed - you'll be left with absolutely nothing worth humming or whistling at the end of this album. And that includes the 'bonus' instrumental cd which could have fitted on to the first CD if it weren't for the usual money making ploys.

Damn!, what's happened to Sylvian? He sounds like he really can't be bothered at all these days.

Review by admireArt
2 stars Tiresome, inches away from boring.

The consequence of self-indulgence. David Sylvian's, self-aquired musical language does not save these "Manafon Variations" or the crumbs of that previous album, of being irrelevant. Even his best "discoveries" work against the music. The usually inviting and mysterious songwriting, is reduced to "raw" emotionless experimentations, that should never have been brought outside his private personal collection.

No attractive melodies, forget whole songs. His usual, charged with emotions, introspective "atmospheres" , sound as empty as repetitive. And the "melancholic" lyrical world it presents, is more exclusive than inclusive, therefore uninteresting for third parties. Go backwards and listen to the original "Manafon", that one is worth the ticket. This one not.

For "die hard fans" only.

Disappointing **2 PA stars.

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