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Died In The Wool

23 May 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 Jun 2011
  • Release Date: 13 Jun 2011
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2011 Samadhisound LLC This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2011 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:14:02
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  • ASIN: B00512ZKN4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,904 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE on 25 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Appleby on 14 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Acme Review Service on 9 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gaz syd on 27 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
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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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Jerome Newton on 15 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
Blemish and then Manafon divided the cult of Sylvian. Those who wanted him to remain their own personal Jesus felt betrayed and those who applauded risk taking, boldness, creativity and a sense of moving forward, held onto his coat tails for the ride. He is a man energised. Like Eno before him, he is a serial collaborator. He has worked with many of the people that Eno did or associated with in the 70s avant garde scene; Fripp, Tilbury, Bailey, Nye and Toop to name but a few. But since Blemish, he (Sylvian) has sought out his own contemporaries and the result has been a sustained burst of creativity in many fields that shows no sign of abating. As with Manafon, for me, this record will take a long time and many, many plays before yielding it's true worth. Stick with it/him. There's a long way to go yet.
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