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Rain Tree Crow


Crossover Prog

3.54 | 53 ratings

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3 stars Made BY Japan

Multi-talented David Sylvian leads this apparently one time only project, in which he is reunited with former band mates from JAPAN. The album comes across as primarily a Sylvian solo project, the sound often being sparse. At times there are suggestions of jazz/fusion on other occasions Jeff Buckley comes to mind, perhaps even a bit of the mellower end of Dire Straits.

The opening track, "Big wheels in shanty town" is slightly misleading, as Sylvan is less to the fore than on the remainder of the album. "Pocketful of change" is one of the more accessible tracks, with hints of Nick Cave, and Porcupine Tree (who would later gain Richard Barbieri). "Blackwater" would have made (and may have been) a good single, it is not pop as such, but certainly has more instant appeal than most of the tracks.

I found little true prog here, but the music is undoubtedly atmospheric. Sylvian has always been an acquired taste, and while this album is not simply another JAPAN release, it is still demanding and can be "difficult".

Many will get great pleasure from "Rain tree crow", many others will find it all rather dull.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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