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The Drift
The Drift
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Fugue, 16 May 2006
This review is from: The Drift (Audio CD)
Contemporary critics of the German Jewish Poet, Paul Celan, accused him of veering towards an expression that mirrored an altogether private world. Indeed, Celan set out to refine a "Hermetic language" that only he could unlock and codify, re-translating the tragedies of losing his mother and neighbours in the region of Bukovina, as the engines of extermination gathered momentum.

Just as Celan presented us with a cryptographic geography of the horrors of European Fascism. Walker boldly takes up the challenge and presents his own " Hermetic" world of horrors, without resorting to moralising. Each song is like a deep focus lense of war journalism, of the kind that we don't watch on televison anymore. Our collective eyes de-sensitized to atrocity, while our ears are deaf to the grief of the wandering dead, desperate to relay their stories to the living.

Thank god we have artists that still have private worlds.


The Good Son Vs the Only Daughter
The Good Son Vs the Only Daughter
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blemished Ears (Blemishless music)., 7 Feb 2005
Sylvian has personally commisioned 9 remixes from stars in IDM and electronica, to create one of the most staggering remix albums I've heard for a long while (I usually don't deliver such hyperbole, but in this instance I have to).
Where Bjork's
" Telegram " failed, here sylvian's conception and openness to electronica has been right on the money for the spare electronic narratives to be recontextulised in completely different ways. Sylvian's "Blemish" was released two years to universal critical acclaim, but here, the songs are completely remoulded, as if each piece operates on new melodic rules. Tatsuhiko Asano's remix of " How little we need to be Happy, is in particular mind-blowing, taking in jazzy electronic twists and turns of the voice, while Burnt Friedman scores well with his take on Blemish. Just buy it and view it as an equal companion piece to Sylvian's masterpiece.


World Citizen
World Citizen
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Dorian Gray of the avant garde gets angry and political!, 21 Jun 2004
This review is from: World Citizen (Audio CD)
" World Citizen " is the fourth singles collaboration between two seminal figures in electronic pop - Sylvian and Sakamoto. The lyrical content of both songs marks a departure for Sylvian's usual oblique, poetic style.
There are no references to Tarkovsky, and French left bank existentialism as was the case in his finely crafted solo albums such as "Secrets of the Beehive" and "Brilliant Trees". Instead, he opts for a direct assault on the Bush administration and American multi-national shennanigans; The result of this approach is one of curious nievity and sincere honesty.
The music accompanyment in " World Citizen" is suprisingly pedestrian given his recently successful foray into glitch electronica and Improv experimentalsim with last years' "Blemish". However, " World Citizen (I won't be dissapointed) offers a much more varied pallette of sounds with Sketchshow (Haroumi Hosono and Yuhkiro Takahashi) at the production helm. Overall, a delight to see Sylvian standing up to America (His adopted homeland)and offer more overtly political material in a way that dosen't cynically jump on the artistic bandwagon of " Yankbashing" like Madonna and other artists in the mainstream.


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