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Steve emerges from Dave's shadow,
This review is from: Slope (Audio CD)
As a life-long Sylvian fan, I've also followed his brother Steve's career with interest and his mid-eighties album with fellow Japan band member Richard Barbieri (under the name The Dolphin Brothers) remains one of my favourite albums of the period. But this album comes twenty years later so it would be wrong to expect the same pop sensibility that coursed through that album. Instead, Slope is a mature, intelligent, playful and experimental album rich in texture, leftfield vocals and disorientating rhythms. Sow the Salt is mersmerising, Ballad of a Deadman swings beautifully and Playground Martyrs, aired on David Sylvian's recent World is Everything tour, is alone worth the entry price. And you get two different versions! Personally, I would have loved to have heard more of Steve's fine voice on this album but his choice of guest artists more than makes up for that. Yes, in places it's dark, sombre and challenging and that may well scare some people off but it certainly won't disappoint anyone who appreciates the direction of brother David's work of late. As with all Samadisound releases it's also beautifully packaged.