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Steve JansenAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Samadhi Sound UK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Reissue. 2007 solo album from former Japan/Rain Tree Crow member. On Slope, tension underlies the crisp rhythms and intricate programming, while a collection of distinctive vocalists draw out the sentiment and expression in his songwriting. The album features guest contributions from Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Thomas Feiner, Anja Garbarek, Nina Kinert, David Sylvian, Theo Travis and Joan Wasser (Joan As Policewoman). Features exquisite artwork from Australian artist Dan McPharlin and designed by Chris Bigg. Samadhi Sound.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and subdued February 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I saw Steve Jansen in an Anja Garbarek concert in 2002. Coincidentally she appears in one of the tracks of this release, as does Jansen's brother the fantastic David Sylvian (the record is actually released through his label).
This is an intimate and delicate record, made of small sounds that create a very soothing atmosphere. It reminded me of some of the work that Harold Budd and David Sylvian have done, but it has it's own personality. I really have enjoyed it tremendously and I hope Steve Jansen continues to release more music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Slippery 'Slope'... May 15, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Most people don't realize it's tough being a drummer - your primary function in a band is to keep time for others and keep behind the lead instruments and, if you're a good boy, at the end of the night or recording session, you might just get a chance to express yourself for a few precious seconds.
I have followed Steve Jansen since 1980 with Japan, on his output with Yukihiro Takahashi, his projects with Mick Karn and Richard Barbieri as well as each album his brother David Sylvian released and the recent and brilliant Nine Horses cd's. His drumming is superb, both understated and underappreciated, his drum programming and sequencing equally so. Obviously, I'm a fan, so take the following words with a grain of salt.
This cd is average, unfocused and unmemorable. When finally given a chance to step out from Brother David's coat tails, he avoids the spotlight entirely, instead writing tunes that sound like they were written for David, or worse, throwaways from Sylvian`s cd catalog.
What perturbs me most is his decision not to play live drums on the cd, as the drum programming is weak and lackluster - you'd never know it was a drummer's album if you were unfamiliar with him. Each time a guest vocalist is brought in, you just know the tune was penned with David in mind, which brings me to another point - Steve has remained faithful to his brother for decades and has made huge contributions to Sylvian`s work, so why doesn't his brother do the same for him? He could've written a few tracks, sung a few more, played more, etc. - it`s a strange family dynamic, if you ask me, and this cd`s a slippery 'Slope' for certain...
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This is a wonderful record. Jansen stages his talents as a songwriter, drum programmer and especially arranger. Having experienced Slope in various formats, I appreciate it as uncompressed: I have no transparency into the production process, but from my perspective as a listener, uncompressed makes a difference as far as dynamic range and subtlety. The vocal contributions integrate well but the art is with the arrangements.
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