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David Sylvian


Crossover Prog

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5 stars The activity of Japan that continued for five years shut the act in 1982. The reason why Japan dissolves has divided into some opinions by people. The purpose that Sylvian requested the self to pursue from Japan also has the opinion made to dissolve the opinion and the band that says achievement and for Sylvian by which the creation of new music is requested to have dissolved the band. Japan dissolves and each member begins to walk on a new road. This album became first Solo Album for Sylvian. The activity of Sylvian at this time was indeed variegated. The tune by competing with Ryuichi Sakamoto is announced and it is worth or the activity such as making the photograph collection and making the documentary video has extended widely.

Sylvian has received the notice from the company of label at time when this album is produced. He had the plan of the album that did not contain the song in this album originally at all., he pursues own music character further since this album. It is guessed that the mind of pursuit to his obstinate a little part and music drove him. The entire impression of the album gives the impression with originality very much with the diffusion of the sound in addition to an aspect sound at the time of cultivating at the latter term of Japan. He was interested in contact with Jazz musician who was active with ECM etc. at this time. Those guests are made to participate a lot when the fact album is produced.

Guests who participated in the recording of this album are two people (Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri). And, it is Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steve Nye in the piano and the synthesizer. It is Jon Hassell in the trumpeter that participates in the album of Talking Heads. He is announcing Solo Album in ECM. And, another trumpeter is Mark Isham. And, Holger Czukay that contributes to this album and did wonderful work. Other Kenny Wheeler and Phil Palmer participate. And, Ronny Drayton of the guitar player who likes Sylvian at this time. And, Wayne Braithwaite and Danny Thompson that takes charge of Bass also participate.

"Pulling Punches" looks like the feeling of the tune performed at the time of Japan. It might have the soundscape and an advanced rhythm be suitable at the beginning of music that shows the pursuit mind and the directionality to his music.

A secret melody of "The Ink In The Well" jogs further with lyrics. The electronic element done with Japan has entered it from another angle with this album though it is possible to listen to an acoustic part even in other tunes. It will be able to be said that the element will succeed to some degree as the entire flow. The work of the guitar is also good each other.

"Nostalgia" gives the listener the impression the floatage the start from an enchantment chorus and the wandering of dark nature that exists no one. His poetry is suitable for the tune and rushes into the deeper world. The usage of the keyboard also arouses the fantasy and impression. And, the activity of the trumpet might be also large.

"Red Guitar" gives the impression that gradually diffuses the melody of the tune to the outside. A piano melody of Sakamoto has been completed and it might have a pop a few elements. However, the melody of this tune advances with the part like the thin glass. The graceful world extends on the edge of the borderline. It might be a famous piece of music in this album.

"Weathered Wall" might be a tune of which the color of Czukay has gone out strongly. This tune with which the anacatesthesia overflows is suitable for the creation of Sylvian at that time. Lyrics of Sylvian that talks about the part and memories that exclude the fashion flow slowly. Melody of the trumpet fantastic, a little as for rhythm uneasiness and an inorganic impression might be given. The tune gradually becomes inorganic and gives the soft light.

The shine of "Brilliant Trees" starts by a sublime melody of the trumpet of Jon Hassell. His trumpet is surely reformative for the performance method. The flow of the tune tossed about secret lyrics and space is a suitable tune for the decoration of the end of the album. The tune drifts as it is and comes in succession with a racial rhythm.

Tunes of the remainder are all tunes of Sylvian though two is work of cooperation with Hassell. And, the music character that Sylvian thinks about gradually establishes the idea and directionality. And, the element of the music of those reformative Sylvian starts from this album everything and derives.

Kazuhiro | 5/5 |


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