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A step too far for me,
This review is from: Manafon (Audio CD)
Anyone who has tracked David Sylvians career will know that he is not an artist who could ever be accused of working to a formula, given the variety of his music (both solo & collaborative) over the years. With 'Manafon' and the previous 'Blemish' its fair to say that David has stepped up the level of adventure & experimentation in his work.
Sadly for me, Manafon is a just a step into experimental music too far for me - the voice is still magnificent as ever, but it sounds like he sings the same 'tune' on a few tracks and not even that glorious voice can sway me. I use the term 'tune' loosely here because the backing instruments seem to grate, scrape & bang (to my ears) in a totally uncoordinated fashion. Other reviewers may appreciate the experimental nature of the instrumentation on Manfon but to me it sounds like a kid let loose in a music store - jumping about from one instrument to the other in a random, tuneless and talentless fashion.
Some say its free form jazz, some say these guys are the best on the planet at what they do - thats as maybe, but I have never liked jazz and this latest Sylvian release is just not my bag.
Thanks for the ride David, we have visited some nice places along the way, but stop the bus, I get off here - youre still my favourite male vocalist but with Blemish & Manafon your just not singing stuff I like anymore.
Thanks for the memories.