Tin Drum was the band's one and only masterpiece. This is not pop, this is cutting edge stuff, merging world music influences with modern technology to create a blend of music that has never quite been replicated.In other words, this band was unique. African rhythms, oriental melodies,pulsing synths, and Mick Karn's elastic basslines, cohere with Sylvian's effeminate crooning, to form an album that is simultaneously arresting,primal,and hypnotic.'Talking drum' exhibits a bouncy, quirky, addictive bass, 'Still life in mobile homes' is soaring fast paced opener, and 'Visions of China' is possibly 'Tin drum's most accessible song, hypnotic drumming emebellished by Karn's compelling bass.
There's danceability,ambience,and eerie atmospherics aplenty here.There's poetry in 'Ghosts', for me the most distinctive song to break into the top ten, and Sylvian's best lyric. And 'Sons of Pioneers', a spartan litany of Burundi drums and chunky but fluid bass, marks itself out as the best song, alongside 'Canton', the most overtly 'oriental' song of the album and a definite classic.Mesmerising..The marimba laden Cantonese Boy is probably the most beautiful and unique 'dance' song of the era, and another unlikely hit. No doubt about it, the band's glam image detracted from their music's seriousness but they were purveyors of art, make no mistake.