I've loved David Sylvian throughout his career: he defined my youth with his icy coolness in Japan, I felt I'd matured as his music evolved. Until his recent two albums, that is. I found Manafon and Blemish too abstract and out there for me. I was always a fan, but never a completest, so the majority of these tracks are new to me.
With few exceptions, they're outstanding. They actually follow the trajectory I expected Sylvian's career to take, there is a more accessible structure to the music, and there are sparklings from all his solo albums here. Many here have written far more eloquently than me, so all I will add to the growing number of positive reviews is that this is well and truly worth investigating, it's almost like he's back on track. Perhaps to some extent he's thinking commercially. It might be a complete ploy. Whatever - I've got what I wanted. A decent `new' Sylvian album.