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The Sylvian Stripped Bare,
This review is from: Manafon (Audio CD)
Manafon the sister album to 2003's Blemish is David Sylvian continuing in the vein of stripped down songs.
Essentially he is outputting songs that are without the layers of production of say works like Brilliant Trees, Gone to Earth and more recently Nine Horses. Sylvian refuses to make his songs sound like the Pop Songs of what his fan base expect. Instead he is stubborn and stays true to his artistic journey. What he is delivering are the same songs that he has always produced but without the layers of varnish. If you take Blemish's "The Only Daughter" there are pleny of remixes of this song, and one in particular on a well known website that shows video content, where the final produced mix sounds like something from Brilliant Trees. David Sylvian just wants to present us with the stripped down versions for his own artistic reasons. Maybe he has had to strip his life down after his trauma to get it back together again. I think it is very interesting how he is using music as an art form to do this. Essentially Blemish and Manafon are albums about dealing with emotional pain. He has deconstructed himself and slowly he is putting himself back together. A long and slow process, that has taken these two albums, Blemish and Manafon, to undertake. I think we will see a return to the more melodic Sylvian on the next album. I also think it will be even better than works he has done in the past and these two albums represented here will of been worth it.