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The David Sylvian that fronted new wave pop band Japan wore luminescent hair and glam make-up; on the cover of his solo debut, 1984's Brilliant Trees, he was stylish and refined, a gentleman popster. But the illustration that introduces 2003's Blemish sends a different message: he's bedraggled and unshaven, his far-off expression turned haunted. The new millennium has seen a more ... Read more in Amazon's David Sylvian Store

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  • Audio CD (23 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B004UA8OQ8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  2. Died In The Wool 6:03£0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. I Should Not Dare 3:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Random Acts Of Senseless Violence 6:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. A Certain Slant Of Light 3:28£0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Anomaly At Taw Head 5:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. Snow White In Appalachia 5:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Emily Dickinson 3:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. The Greatest Living Englishman (Coda) 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
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11. Manafon 4:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
12. The Last Days Of December 6:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
13. When We Return You Won't Recognise Us18:15Album Only

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Wood on 29 Jan. 2014
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I bought Manafon even though it had mixed reviews, and loved it. Admittedly one needs to be in the right mood to enjoy the album, unlike 'Secrets of the beehive' or similar that I could listen to at any time.
After a few years of enjoying Manafon, I finally took the plunge for Died In The Wool. If you like Manafon, my guess is you'll like this. If you don't, you probably won't like this. It builds upon the first album (even remixing some of the same songs) and then goes further into the forest.
Sometimes I get bored of listening to the same old music (guitar, melody, choruses, etc) and then I like to fire up this album.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Appleby on 14 Jun. 2011
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IMO Manafon is like a beautiful sculpture that's been smashed to bits and left in fragments on the floor. At first it appears like an incoherent mess but as you pick among the shards you suddenly begin to discern that something of remarkable beauty has been created - in some places just a collection of intriguing elements, in others alien and yet oddly coherent patterns. For the most part, Manafon is a challenging listen, but I think definitely worth the effort. It's sparse, a bit dark and sometimes austere but for me, there's also a feeling of richness and joy, or perhaps it's simply the exhilaration of stepping into a world that we don't often get to experience. Died in the Wool, as a kind of companion piece to Manafon, opens up different avenues to explore within the Manafon world, here we see/hear more detail, a little bit more colour, a little bit more depth and texture that Manafon left obscured in shadows and silence. To my ears Died in the Wool is a more accessible starting point, it offers a bit more in the way of conventional musical form (useful if, like me, you're not really an aficionado of free improvision) 'I Should not Dare' is especially lovely.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Acme Review Service on 9 Jun. 2011
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It's heartening to see an artist so far into his career, still capable of polarising the listening public with new work. Had Sylvian continued to bang out joyless copies of Secrets of the Beehive, as many seem to wish, he would have become an irrelevant caricature long ago. Instead, he has consistently reinvented himself, with each new album offering a surprise. Each time, he loses some fans and gains some new ones. This album is no different. In fact it's quite funny to see people say "Well, I liked Manafon but this is just a step too far!" Fujikura's strings are sublime: they bob and weave, bringing drama and movement where Manafon was trapped in deathly stasis. Harmonically (though not rhythmically) reminiscent of Steve Reich at times, they underpin Sylvian's vocals, adding a rich tonality to these variations not found on the original. The result is a highly rewarding listen. The two Emily Dickinson poems are beautiful, too, but different to the Fujikura material and seem to want to belong to another collection. And that's my only quibble with this record. I wish it was all just Sylvian singing over Fujikura's strings. Of course, that would complete his epic, career-long journey from pop to contemporary concert music. Should he dare? Is a self-confessed "non-musician" allowed to occupy that rarefied territory? The two Dickinson poems -- with their pleasing Nick Drake melancholia, strummed guitar and familiar atmospherics courtesy of Bang, Honoré and Henriksen -- suggest he's hesitating on the brink, just in case there's no way back.
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78 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE on 25 May 2011
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Fact: David Sylvian has the most beautiful voice in popular music
Fact: Sylvian is prone to frame this voice with discordant unsettling music.

`Blemish' and `Manafon' were not really for me. Maybe my ear is not discerningly avant garde enough for these productions or maybe, and I prefer to believe this more likely, I simply view these albums as wasteful. Sylvian's voice can melt the hardest of hearts but in competition with a cacophony of sound it cannot shine.

I bought this album because the `Blemish' remix offering produced quite a few gems and I was hoping this might be the case with `Died in the wool'. Alas, not so.

Sylvian's voice is very much to the fore here but the music, free form strings and electronica, is consistently clattering incoherently away in the background. Admittedly, the music is far lower in the mix than the vocals but it is nonetheless a constant distraction and ultimately, for me, makes the album unlistenable.

The simplest way to stress my view is to imagine David Sylvian standing in the kitchen of a busy restaurant singing acapella!

I expect many will dismiss this review because they fall into the avant garde category and see traits in the music that I do not. Fair enough! Let it be known however that I do love the man and the greater body of his work. Though I dislike this album I respect his ongoing efforts to test musical boundaries and I can therefore award no less than 3 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gaz syd on 27 Jun. 2011
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Another remix type album that again in most instances improves on the original ideas,the album itself stays well within the mood it sets and demands undivided attention to be really appreciated.The added disc 2 has a instrumental album and is closer to the realms of soundscapes,unfortunately this doesn't appeal to myself.The art work is again different and insinuates a fresh approach one I dont feel is entirely executed in the album itself.Mr Sylvian is always very listenable but I'm not sure how far the improv'improve on ,can be taken.
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