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Uncommon Deities

David Sylvian Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B008VJWFAU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The God of Single Cell Organisms (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
2. The God of Sleeplessness (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
3. The God of Silence (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
4. The God of Smaller Gods (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
5. The God of Small Caresses (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
6. The God of Black Holes (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
7. The God of Adverbs (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
8. The Ruminative Gap (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
9. The God of Crossroads (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
10. The God of Tiny Islands (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
11. The God of Gradual Abdication (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)
12. I Swallowed Earth for This (feat. Sidsel Endresen & Arve Henriksen)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommonly Good 11 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
David Sylvian continues his journey ,distancing himself from his more commercial work like never before.
This is really a spoken word project,rather than a selection of songs.
However its very musical,lovely trumpet work from Arve Henriksen,over a charming 'found sound' landscape of samples.
Its the easiest of listens, especially when considered to previous releases.
I know this won't be to most tastes,and Sylvian has tested my ear ,but i find this his most accessible work in quite a time.
In short its simply beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 8 Mar 2013
By K. Pack
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of David Sylvian since the 1980s and I've followed his work ever since. As his music has become more and more experimental and improvised his work has become more and more inaccessible, especially to those uninitiated with his work. I think that this is one of his most accessible works since Dead Bees. Uncommon Deities, to which Sylvian lends his voice is sublime. The imaginative poems by Paal-Helge Haugen and Nils Christian Moe-Repstad are recited with the chocolate tones I have loved since those 80s days of Nightporter, Ghosts and Forbidden Colours. Each poem, a journey into the minds and behaviors of Gods which we have not considered but are clearly aware of humans and the impact we have on them and their responsibilities.
I love this work. It's thought provoking, incredibly creative, relaxing and beautiful. The delivery, imagination, humour and diction make me smile.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and rewarding 25 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is not a very commercial work and David Sylvian seems to get more avant garde with each year that passes, but it's very rewarding and a great listen that will grown on you the more you ,listen to it. Very atmospheric with great instrumentation.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DEAR GOD.....THE BEAUTY OF SOUND. 4 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I seem to be saying this a lot recently,but in six weeks w.why has the price of this CD ballooned to over eleven pounds,when i bought it for under £9.
When music of this quality is availiable,surely prices should be lower to encourage the more inquiative listener to buy it and expierience the ethos of the sound without going bankrupt.
1.....THE GOD OF SINGLE CELL ORGANISMS....Spoken as are many of the tracks on this album,with various avant garde effects,Sidsel eddresson is excellent as usual.
2.....THE GOD OFF SLEEPLESSNESS,,,,,running at 4m29s this is wonderfully evocative.
3.....THE GOD OF SILENCE..... The one thig that strikes you about these tracks is the quality of the sound.
4......THE GOD OF SMALLER GODS.....Tuned eelctric piano underpins Sylvians words.
5.....THE GOD OF SMALL CARESSESS.....Includes the sounds of Philip Jeck whose solo album i recently discoveredAn Ark for the Listener
6.....THE GOD OF BLACK HOLES.....this is a slighly shorrter soundscape.
7.....THE GOD OF ADVERBS......the slightly worrying Sidsell returns on this eerie soundscape.
8.....THE RUMANATIVE GAP......Sigur ros is bought to mind with a smattering of Bjork.
9.....THE GOD OF CROSSROADS......a three minute adventure into sound.
10....THE GOD OF TINY ISLANDS.....again absolutely extraordinary soundss
11....THE GOD OF GRADUAL ABDICATION......absolutely beautuful
12....I SWALLOWED EARTH FOR THIS....
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite male singer-songwriter 24 Jun 2013
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An unusual but beautiful body of work, from arguably the most creative artist of his generation. A collective of songs and story telling, enriched with atmospheric, ethereal, beautiful music. The hallmark of the David Sylvian sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i do like... 6 Mar 2013
By musicus
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This mix of David Sylvian with some of the best contemporay Norwegian jazz musicians is for me nice, very nice...
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