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Snow Borne Sorrow

Nine Horses Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Samadhi Sound
  • ASIN: B000B8GUGO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wonderful World
2. Darkest Birds
3. The Banality Of Evil
4. Atom and Cell
5. A History Of Holes
6. Snow Borne Sorrow
7. The Day The Earth Stole Heaven
8. Serotonin
9. The Librarian

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Probably the most commercial release that David Sylvian has ever been involved with, Nine Horses still manages to sound unlike any other album out there at the moment. Breaking boundaries, fusing styles and yet delivering beautiful pop melodies and stunning vocals on songs that Sylvian fans everywhere are bound to fall in love with. Nine Horses brings together Sylvian, his brother Steve Jansen (ex-Japan), and the well respected Burnt Friedman and they have created a suite of remarkably poignant songs that are part social commentary and part self-analysis. Sylvian and his collaborators have never sounded better nor the material more immediate. Other guest contributors include: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Stina Nordenstam, Arve Henriksen and many more. Samadhi Sound. 2005.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime and beautiful 24 Jan 2006
By Mr. S
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'll keep this short. This album compares extremely favourably with the very best of David Sylvian's work; I know that some will feel that this could even be his best. And they could be right.
Beautiful and haunting, sparkling, dark and pristine, heavenly on the ear; melancholic and uplifting both musically and lyrically. (I wish the lyrics were included in the cd packaging - some of it verges on the poetic). The production is perfect too.
I have already listened to this album many-a-time and I know that this is one Sylvian album that I will continue to revisit. Yes, it's much more immediate than his recent excursions, and I hope that this album could even introduce him and his collaborators to a new audience, but it wont.
It's a small comfort to know that on this planet of philistines there are still a few alchemists out there who still believe in magic.
That's it. What more do you need to know? Oh yeah, it's cheaper than a Coldplay album, God help us.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on form and better than ever. 27 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Having been disappointed by the Good Son remix album and I was worried that this might also be a case of a lot of less talented people trampling over David's talent, I guess I shouldn't have really worried though as he has always been brilliant at picking collaborators in the past like Jon Hassell, Robert Fripp and Holger Czukay and here he does it again. This music is beatiful and deep, there are no stand out songs because they're all classics. I was a bit unsure about the idea of him working with electonica artist at first but the sound perfectly compliments his voice which is on top form and now I am a total convert, in fact I've even started exploring electronica as a result and bought albums by Boards of Canada and Marconi Union among others! Apparently this is intended to be a one-off record which is a terrible shame as it would be great to hear how Nine Horses would develop and unlike the Good Son shows how working with the right collaborators really adds a lot to his music. Snow Borne Sorrow is definitely David's best album since Secrets of the Beehive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow Borne Sorrow - excellent pop. 30 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
A tender album with frontman David Sylvian being a wonderfull lyricist, a bard of the 21st. century.
Good catchy pop songs with touches of jazz, electronica and some soul spices.
It is a very thorough production giving space for many well acclaimed musicians to contribute there skills; R. Sakamoto, Arve Henriksen, Theo Travis, Keith Lowe to just mention some, but all are up to that standard.
The lyrics are content, introspective, beautyfull and stirring, and foremost excellent.
A long anticipated album, that rewards richly for the stretch (huge) of many peoples patience.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intangible Imagery 11 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
David Sylvian never ceases to amaze me with his brilliance in compostion and lyrics.

I have to say Serotonin is the best song on this release, however all of them are great pieces of work.

I was concerned about his first release on his new label, it too me a long time to get use to the improvisational creation, but this is very structured and a job to listen. There are some songs that have a huge jazz influence, but on The Day the Earth Stole Heaven I get a sincere folk perspective.

I love this release.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that drifts through the mist. 20 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm not as ardent a devotee of Sylvian's work as some of the previous commentators, finding much of his work a bit bland and sterile. The only album of his that I've truly adored is 1987's Secrets of the Beehive, which felt like a complete piece of work, and featured some of his strongest songwriting to date. His last solo offering, Blemish, had some great moments, but for the most part, I just couldn't get past Derek Bailey's awful improvised guitar work or that feeling of meandering excess. Fear that Nine Horses, his new project with Steve Jansen and Burnt Friedman, would be more of the same can be laid to rest during that gorgeous opening track, Wonderful World, which effortlessly blends elements of jazz, pop and ambient trip-hop to sublime effect, capturing a hazy and wavering sense of dulled melancholy that will continue throughout the album.
For me, this is really the best thing Sylvian has done since Beehive, managing to push the musical boundaries in terms of production and arrangement, but also remembering to include some sweet melodies and the occasional hook. It's also an album that holds together exceedingly well, with each of the songs building to a collective momentum, with no sign of filler or fodder getting in the way of the greats... which is really the whole album!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some tracks approach or pass his best work 6 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Two of my musical heroes (Sylvian and Kate Bush) both released new albums this past year... In their own ways both speak of loss, themes both have visited before, but what a contrast here... Sylvian (in collaborative mode) virtually wallows in his misery, while Bush rejoices in change throughout a day of life (her outstanding cycle "Sky of Honey").

Nonetheless, I would count this Sylvian's most approachable work for a while. Highlights are "Wonderful life," "the banality of evil," "atom and cell" and the last and best track for me, "the librarian." Do I detect some light at the end of the tunnel in this track? Something about its amazing groove is almost optimistic!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Drift
In essence this is a disc of two intermingled halves, dependent on the composers/producers. For four of the nine tracks these are Sylvian and his brother Steve Jansen; for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas Casley
2.0 out of 5 stars No spirit
All the same tempo and not the usual songs of 'spirit' and 'meaning' that Sylvian is known for. I normally find something to like in his albums.. but not this one. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Johnny D.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, really excellent
I have long been a fan of Sylvian. I adore his songs, dislike the ambient stuff and value that he can attempt both. Nine Horses was the perfect if short lived (? Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by emceepee
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Brilliance
I actually think this is the best of Sylvian's solo albums - I adored every track so they're all stand-out for me. Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars pure genius
first album since gone to earth i have brought by david sylvian etc, i was a massive fan of Japan but lost my way with his solo material, this album is pure genius, his voice is... Read more
Published on 22 May 2011 by Timothy D. Atkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Dignified, sleepy, mature, jazzy...
I respect the considered opinions voiced here by other reviewers, who clearly have a more intimate knowledge of David Sylvian's discography than I do, but I felt I'd like to add a... Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2009 by Pseudonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars A David Sylvian Masterpiece
I have been a David Sylvian fan for many years from his Japan days. My attention was brought to this masterpiece via the film 23. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2009 by Bladerunner 7
5.0 out of 5 stars snow borne sorrow
can't recommend enough. If get Sylvian, Japan or similar you MUST have this. Chilled, yet topical, this is the sort of magic that drives evil Robbie Williams away! Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2006 by jimmy the cat
4.0 out of 5 stars a great offering
no need to repeat what has already been said , the 4 and 5 stars say it all.from the reviews ive read here these are sylvian fans ,so if you are a fan you know you are going to... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2006 by beecee
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I don't agree with some reviews - this may not be an album you will instantly love - I didn't. But that's not a bad thing. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2006 by Andrew
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