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Obscure Alternatives

9 Sept. 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Release Date: 9 Sept. 2006
  • Label: Sony BMG Music UK
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  • Total Length: 1:00:29
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  • ASIN: B001GSFK7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,249 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Also from 1978 - and feels like there are more fillers on this than on the excellent first album, 'Japan'. Still, there are some major tracks here that lead me to give it four stars -'Automatic Gun', 'Rhodesia', the title track and 'Suburban Berlin' are all great. Pounding rhythms, tension, wailing guitars, driving bass - coupled to some excellent lyrics and imagery. 'Obscure alternatives' itself is less rocky but still has that tension, the tight instrumentals, coupled to a cynical singing that may not be timeless, but works for me almost thirty years later. This is seriously good music!
'The Tenant' is much more like the later albums - pensive pianos, spaced spare electronics, the feeling of a slow afternoon in the French countryside while everyone is having their siesta... I am not very keen on this stuff, preferring the tight energy of the earlier style. Several other tracks are kind of in-betweenish, but is the fast numbers that have aged well and can still outplay much of the current music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 15 July 2006
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`Obscure Alternatives' came swiftly on the back of debut LP `Adolescent Sex' , both of which disowned by David Sylvian (who viewed 1980 as a Year Zero), but showcase a band who were the missing link between New York Dolls and John Foxx-era Ultravox! The Ariola-Hansa years were viewed negatively, though live-sets by Japan once they left for Virgin did include tracks like `Automatic Gun' & `Sometimes I Feel So Low.' There is an argument that an expanded `Assemblage' would give us all we need to know about Ariola-Japan, but the generally excellent (if a bit too Roxy) `Quiet Life' and this certainly warrant investigation.

This is the tight five-piece Japan that featured Rob Dean alongside the more familiar Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, Mick Karn & Sylvian. `Automatic Gun' and `Deviation' continue the mannered Dolls-style of `Adolescent Sex' & `Communist China' - Sylvian's Yankee-drawl is miles away from his later work. `Suburban Berlin' advances on the earlier `Suburban Love' and sketches out a European, Bowie-inflected direction. The title track and `...Rhodesia' come in at just under seven-minutes and show the band developing, though here it is a sort of angular reggae not miles away from Ultravox's `Dangerous Rhythm' . `...Rhodesia' has dated well, sounding like a sleazy glam act veering off dubwards - I suppose it's not far from pub rocking punks The Stranglers' early work, notably `Peaches.' The most interesting track, and a sign of what was to come, remains `The Tenant' - the sole track Sylvian really had responsibility for during the band's tenure at the label of Boney M and (briefly) The Cure (see `Do the Hansa'). Taking its title from a European film by Roman Polanski, it's a minimal instrumental work showcasing an interest in Eric Satie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2009
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I totally agree with Sid99 - after the first two albums Japan started going south, becoming all sweet and dreamy. It is these first two (Adolescent sex is the other) that have all the raw energy, the tension, and the excellent songwriting that comes together in two stunning classics - much under-rated. And still highly playable, too.

The high points for me are Rhodesia, Obscure alternatives and Suburban Berlin, with Sylvian's voice soaring ina and out of the guitars and the funk-driven bass and drums, but all the eight first tracks on this record (which formed the record, the rest are bonus fillers) go together very well and are a seventies high point. The final one, "the tenant" indicates their later direction: dreamy, melancholy, slow. But it is the punk-funk energy of the other tracks that still stands up well, after all those years.
A great album.
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Like its predecessor, this is a classic and shamefully neglected record. It is, however, a bit different to 'Adolescent Sex' and less homogenous in its sound: some tracks (Automatic gun) are rather heavy; others explore new directions like reggae (Rhodesia) or a more adventurous electronic/funk-lite feel (Suburban Berlin), or indeed ambient electronica (The Tenant), whereby the latter two point the way a little towards Japan's future. In fact, The Tenant rather leads me to drop this from a 5 star classic to the 4 stars I nominate: it feels out of place in the overall listening experience. Otherwise, a brilliant album.
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By TGK on 19 Mar. 2014
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I'd not listened to this album since I was 16 - some 30 years on I'd forgotten just how good it is. Its eclectic, it doesn't know where it's going (as far as style is concerned) but if you take each song on its own merits there really isn't a duff track. Because of its eccentricity it's not the easiest piece of work to get into but worth persisting with. For me Automatic Gun & Suburban Berlin are stand out tracks with an Early Roxy Music feel to them. If like me you haven't listened to this in years - pick it up and give it a play. You won't regret it
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By Gagalicious on 7 Oct. 2011
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This is a classic album that really has stood the test of time in spite of it being a very "fashion-conscious" creation.
I bought "Obscure Alternatives" when I was a teenager, (I'm 48 now), and for various reasons I completely forgot about it. When I finally caught up with it again on MP3 I was staggered at how up-to-date the musical content is. This is is not a case of nostalgic rose-tinted glasses... the album really IS a classic!
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