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David Sylvian


Crossover Prog

4.14 | 201 ratings

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4 stars While I liked this album well enough, gone was the magic and experimentation of Brilliant Trees and Gone to Earth. There are definitely amazing songs or parts of songs on this album--including one of my Top Five David Sylvian songs of all-time, "Orpheus" (4:51) (10/10), "Let the Happiness in" (5:37) (8/10), and (on some versions of the album/CD) the studio recording of the amazing Ryuichi Sakamoto song, "Forbidden Colours" (6:01) (9/10) which was originally composed for his soundtrack to the film (in which he also starred--an amazing performance!!), "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"--but the rest of the album is pretty much forgettable (as I have done). The tour supporting this album, however, was INCROYABLE! David, his amazing brother Steve JANSEN on drums/percussion, with the extraordinary David TORN on "guitars" (unlike any guitars I'd ever heard) and the one and only Mark ISHAM on trumpets & keys. What a night! A lot of improvisational music, sometimes very heady, sometimes very dreamy-spacey, and yet absolutely mesmerizing.
BrufordFreak | 4/5 |


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