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Sylvian at his best,
This review is from: Manafon (Audio CD)
I didnt expect to like this album after Sylvian's last solo release Blemish. "bold" and "uncompromising" is how his record label described it pre release. Yes its not particularly commercial but that's now what Sylvian is about. On Manafon he worked with a number of leading experimental musicians to create a backdrop of sounds, moods and atmospheres to which he responded with his gorgeous vocals. Surprisingly its a lot more melodic than many would think. The opening Small Metal Gods is almost folk like in its delivery, the lyric describing Sylvian's loss of faith in the Hindu gods he once worshipped. I can't pinpoint a highlight on this record as it's all so damn good but if I had to nominate it would be the stunning Emily Dickinson with Evan Parker's beautiful solo at the end of the song. I'm glad Sylvian is still writing songs and he is prepared to take chances. There are very few artists today who have his focus and integrity. Manafon is the record of 2009...easily.
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2010 22:27:10 BDT
Posted on 16 Apr 2013 00:30:09 BDT
Mr. T. R. L. Stordy says:
Manafon's powerful moods remind me very strongly of Richard Jobson's sadly underrated The Ballad of Etiquette. I'd go so far as to say that Jobson's work is in my opinion the more effective; take the India Song and Orphee for example. Richard Jobson of course collaborated with Bill Nelson, which completes the circle.
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