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But maybe I am assuming too much here? After all Sylvian himself only says that the record is the twin sister of "Blemish" and that they both are contemporary takings on the genre of chamber music.
But there are also differences. Blemish is more of a duo, a duo of Sylvian's voice having a dialog with either Bailey's guitar or with the sparse electronic background. Here the size of the group is bigger, from three participants to combinations of 8 players.
But there is also another difference. As revolutionary as the discovery of Blemish was, there was also problems of loss of intensity within that record, especially at the second half of it. For me the record seems to lose its grip with the listener in "Late Night Shopping" and "How Little We Need to be Happy". In my opinion this is due to the fact there is actually two (wretched?) storylines in that record. One is the dialogue between Sylvian's wry storytelling and Bailey's guitar and the other is the discourse between him and the electronics. The two storylines do not come together and that leads to this loss of intensity at the second part of Blemish.
Nothing like this happens in "Manafon". It is masterfully played and masterfully constructed.Read more ›
With "Manafon", Sylvian takes many more steps into the directions set by immersions in sound and improvisation mapped out by "Blemish" and "Naoshima". His recent collaboration on "Cartography " by Arve Henriksen includes a few pieces that revealed some of these techniques within more conventional musical settings. But "Manafon" goes on to more radical ends, with a heritage that must acknowledge the highly staged "Orpheus, The Lowdown" by Peter Blegvad and Andy Partridge and the remarkable body of work assembled by Bryan Day and his "Shelf Life", "Eloine" and other improvising units.Read more ›
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Ugh. I have been a fan of Sylvian for several decades, but this is garbage. I bought it and then discarded it after one listen.
What was he thinking?
its almost unbelievable how far David has fallen into this dirge ridden despair. Hopefully this is where he bottoms out. I look forward to a return to form. Get happy David.Published on September 5, 2013 by Two AM
I own every album David Sylvian has released from Brilliant Trees onward. I bought "When Loud Weather Buffetted Nooshima" without listening to it because I was sure I would like... Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by Evan from Australia
It's been three years since Sylvian released the brooding "Manafon". Has it matured with age? Has it rewarded the listener who bravely set upon its path and stayed on to see where... Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by DM
This could probably be a double review of both Manafon and Blemish. Oddly, there's more to like on Died in the Wool as it has a denser, richer musical presentation. Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by Chris Murphy
I am a huge fan of the avant garde, so when I hear this album it seems unrelentingly melodic to me... Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Amazon Customer
It sounds to me like David Sylvian has assembled a bunch of those nearly a capella interlude numbers that are on various albums. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by R. L. MILLER
What's more difficult to swallow than this album is how seriously these guys take themselves. Alas, I am a completionist and purchased the deluxe edition for this album. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by Alex Broom
It sad to see the low state that David Sylvain has fallen into. On every level its a very unprofessional effort. Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by TDN