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On first listen, I was put off by the similarity in the vocal phrasing within the songs, but even by second listen, the differences were becoming apparent. When compared to albums such as Secrets of the Beehive, it's obvious that Sylvians' style has changed and what seems to be lacking in many of his songs are the heart-wrenching melodies he is able to create. Never-the-less there are plenty of moments of brilliance here: Playground Martyrs, World Citizen, Pure Genius as well as all the Nine Horses stuff.
The blurb accompanying this release talks about "a more playful body of work", playful may be a stretch, these songs are still very dark and at times it sounds as though Sylvian has more than his fair share of demons to wrestle.
Sylvian has incorporated these tracks under one roof, and sonically 'tweaked' or remixed the songs so they sound cohesive and flow more like an album rather than a various artists' compilation. His compositions are alternately heart-wrenching, dark and anxious, bleak and world-weary, near-menacing and exquisitely gorgeous simultaneously. His ability to bear his thoughtful, tormented soul within the confinements of a song format is a strength few possess. His voice is an acquired taste, somewhat like that of a 50 year-old scotch, but once you develop a taste for it, you'll find yourself needing a sip more often than you ever expected.
His is not, nor has it ever been, background music; it's something you need to sit quietly and ponder over, letting the lush warmth and unexpected depth sink into every pore of your skin and saturate your mind. He wears his crown of supreme melancholia proudly and deservedly, and the carefully chosen musical accompaniment marinates and resonates deeper within you than most forms of music ever imagined. His is a world few inhabit, and even fewer are invited into.Read more ›
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Sylvian is so smooth and I love the musicians involved. Nothing unexpected but up to the expected quality from a geat voice and style.Published on November 2, 2013 by David
David Sylvian can be found guilty of a number of things - being distant, surrounding himself with talent, avoiding his past - however, predictability is not one of them. Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by E. Brunak