Brilliant Trees Limited Edition, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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If I should point my finger at something it would have to be the inclusion of "Pulling punches", a great funky track. Not that it isn't good, it just somehow doesn't fit the sensible nature of the rest. But it's easily forgotten and forgiven in the light of the titletrack, my favourite track of all time, I guess. There's always a nostalgic tear on its way when listening to it. Thank you, David. Hope you can top this one day.
Often revered by people who were listening back then (I was six, so I was not), "Brilliant Trees" is a brave and exciting album. Like his work with his previous band, Sylvian is prepared to turn his back on his previous accomplishments-- gone are the pseudo-Eastern trappings of "Tin Drum", replaced with a jazz sensibility. Gone is the slithering bass and wailing sax of Mick Karn, instead an atmospheric swirl, or a funky backdrop (depending on the song), carefully constructed by Sylvian and collaborator Holger Czukay, and brass leads (provided ably by Czukay, Kenny Wheeler, Jon Hassell or Mark Isham) dominate the record. And yet, it feels like the followup to "Tin Drum" in it's own way-- certainly Sylvian's voice, while it has gained a depth to it, maintains its distinctive smokey baritone that he was developing, and the presence of Japan drummer Steve Jansen, whose subtle and tasteful playing so delicately worked on "Tin Drum", works here as well. And with appearances by Japan keyboardist Richard Barbieri, frequent collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto, and producer Steve Nye, there's a sense of continuity.Read more ›
David's voice and songs aren't for everyone. But that's okay, because you, Gentle Buyer, aren't Just Anyone.
You are a listener who has patience to play the whole album at once. You are a listener who doesn't mind flowing instumentals. You like a deep voice of a man who is sensitive and curious.
I love this album because it is relaxing to listen to. I think that it is one of David Sylvian's best of his whole career. "Red Guitar" was a hit in Britain....it's the most "pop"ish song on the whole album. "Nostalgia" is devine. "Wailing Wall" is very soothing. Dim the lights and put the volume up....you will be converted.
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I love this album. It has funky as well as meditative songs on it. It is sophisticated. It's the 1st of many introspective albums David will put out.Published on May 2, 2013 by Carole Bussom
This was David Sylvian's first solo album - and you can kind of tell, because there are still obvious traces of Japan's sound (achingly cool in a very 80's way). Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by Thomas D.
One of the excellent forces behind Japan, one of England's best bands. How many of ex-japan members are assisting I'm not sure. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by TDN
While 'Secrets of the Beehive' is perhaps the better album, 'Brilliant Trees' is the most like Japan, hardly surprising given that it was Sylvian's first solo album following... Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by David Garvin
This album was purchased to replace on old CD that finally died...lol!
I am a drummer you see, and the opening track, 'Pulling Punches', is just one of the funkiest Rock... Read more
Along with "Gone to Earth" and "Secrets of the Beehive," I have to nominate this as one of Sylvian's greatest CDs. Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by Long-Time Listener
First off, the sound on this Japanese release seems great--unlike the Japanese remastered versions of "Gone to Earth" and "Secrets of the Beehive," both of which end up sounding... Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by Long-Time Listener
I have to agree with Durand. David Sylvian created a gorgeous ghost of an album with 'Brilliant Trees'. Check out 'Red Guitar' or 'Ink in the Well'. Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by Scott D. Vankleek