A Victim of Stars (1982 - 2012)
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In the past, I've sometimes used these customer reviews to rail against the greed of record companies (and sometimes artists too) for endlessly repackaging the same material to make an extra buck. That doesn't really apply here, however, even though there have been other previous Sylvian comps, including 2010's Sleepwalkers and 2000's Everything and Nothing. I have both of those, but (a) the 2010 CD focused more narrowly on DS's collaborations, and (b) there are fewer than a dozen songs on Victim (of 29 total) that were also on E&N, and in any case that album has dropped from the catalog now. My only complaints with Victim are that it could have used more detailed credits, and that the final third of the 2nd disc is drawn from Sylvian's more experimental recent work. I understand the reason for that -- otherwise Victim wouldn't be "career-spanning." Yet the newer material, including "Where's Your Gravity?," the album's one previously unreleased track, gives the collection a feeling of drifting away into emptiness at the end.Read more ›
I wouldn't recommend this for people expecting old Japan stuff but a good collection none the less.
David Sylvian-A victim of Stars 1982-2012 weds highlights from an era in the life of a pioneer. Sylvian originally fronted Japan and the 80’s albums Quiet Life, Gentleman take Polaroids and Tin Drum offer fine futuristic fare.
A solo Sylvian seeks creative diversity and improvisers aplenty have helped that cause. Brilliant Trees, Secrets of the Beehive, The First Day (with Robert Fripp) and a Japan reunion for the Rain Tree Crow named project are exceptional records. Ambient landscapes, epic ballads and a musical autonomy feature on A Victim of Stars-and melancholy, melody and majesty triumph across 31 stellar songs.
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The start of Forbidden Colors has been tacked on to the end of the previous track. This disc should not have been released with this quality control error. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by dh
very happy with this compilation have been a fan since Japan, found a couple of cuts I had not heard before and overall a well put together cd.Published on November 24, 2012 by michael wall