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Blemish
Blemish

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intimate journey....., 6 July 2003
This review is from: Blemish (Audio CD)
Proof beyond doubt that Sylvian works better when he works faster and 'looser', Blemish features just eight tracks, none of which include drums, bass, percussion or any traditional instrumentation other than Derek Baileys' fragmented jazz guitar contributions, of which many listeners will find difficult to stomach (think Dobro No1 from DBOAC). The tracks are incredibly sparse, with Sylvian sounding more intimate and exposed than ever before. This seems to be a major step for Sylvian, who now has his own label, and therefore the genuine creative freedom he has always yearned for. This freedom bears a rich fruit in the music here, whose warmth and serenity belies the subject matter of soured relationships and regret. As usual, Sylvian's lyrics are the epitome of ambiguity, although rather than looking skyward to the moon and stars as he has before, this record hits closer to home, quite literally, with frequent references to houses/families/sons & daughters. With a record as instrumentally sparse as this, the lyrics are gently pushed under the spotlight, and Sylvian surprises and delights with much of the content here, where, by his standards at least, he really puts the knife in, as on 'The Only Daughter": 'she was a friend of mine/do us a favour/your one and only warning/please be gone by morning.' Whether this is directed at a real person or another one of Sylvians lyrical metaphors for shedding skins and self-transformation is anybodys guess, only one person knows for sure.
Certainly, there is plenty of mirror-gazing here, as Sylvian seems to show an acute self-awareness of his public image with the title tracks' lyrics: 'don't tell me that love is all there is/I know, don't I?/I know.' He is still on his journey though, preaching 'all is bloated and far from truth' in the same track, then on 'The Heart Knows Better' he appears to turn his attentions to thoughts of a lustful nature... 'every night is wedding night/in my bed/but the heart knows better/and I'm absent from the place I'm meant to be'.
All in all, its a fascinating if slightly shrouded insight into a man who is now apparently free of much of what bound him in recent years, so lets hope, for our own selfish reasons, that his output will increase in the coming years!
"There is always sunshine/above the grey sky/I will try to find it/ Yes I will try"


Blemish
Blemish

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intimate Journey...., 2 July 2003
This review is from: Blemish (Audio CD)
Proof beyond doubt that Sylvian works better when he works faster and 'looser', Blemish features just eight tracks, none of which include drums, bass, percussion or any traditional instrumentation other than Derek Baileys' fragmented jazz guitar contributions, of which many listeners will find difficult to stomach (think Dobro No1 from DBOAC). The tracks are incredibly sparse, with Sylvian sounding more intimate and exposed than ever before. This seems to be a major step for Sylvian, who now has his own label, and therefore the genuine creative freedom he has always yearned for. This freedom bears a rich fruit in the music here, whose warmth and serenity belies the subject matter of soured relationships and regret. As usual, Sylvian's lyrics are the epitome of ambiguity, although rather than looking skyward to the moon and stars as he has before, this record hits closer to home, quite literally, with frequent references to houses/families/sons & daughters. With a record as instrumentally sparse as this, the lyrics are gently pushed under the spotlight, and Sylvian surprises and delights with much of the content here, where, by his standards at least, he really puts the knife in, as on 'The Only Daughter": 'she was a friend of mine/do us a favour/your one and only warning/please be gone by morning.' Whether this is directed at a real person or another one of Sylvians lyrical metaphors for shedding skins and self-transformation is anybodys guess, only one person knows for sure.
Certainly, there is plenty of mirror-gazing here, as Sylvian seems to show an acute self-awareness of his public image with the title tracks' lyrics: 'don't tell me that love is all there is/I know, don't I?/I know.' He is still on his journey though, preaching 'all is bloated and far from truth' in the same track, then on 'The Heart Knows Better' he appears to turn his attentions to thoughts of a lustfull nature... 'every night is wedding night/in my bed/but the heart knows better/and I'm absent from the place I'm meant to be'.
All in all, its a fascinating if slightly shrouded insight into a man who is now apparently free of much of what bound him in recent years, so lets hope, for our own selfish resons, that his output will increase in the coming years!


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