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Scrambled, Red China-obsessed masterpiece,
By A Customer
This review is from: Tin Drum (Audio CD)
People have mixed feelings about the funk-lite world of early Japan but it's hard to deny that this album is a classic.
David Sylvian had clearly spent too long listening to Bowie's Lodger album and the Blade Runner sound track when he wrote this. He'd also reached serious levels of obsession about Cultural Revolution-era China.
So much of this sounds like a Red Guards recruitment ad set to a new Romantic soundtrack. Don't let that put you off - Sylvian's typically impenetrable lyrics are the perfect compliment to the distorted, rhythm-heavy sound of this album.
On first listen, you may think this album torture to the ears. The tunes are off-kilter and atonal, but Sylvian's strong pop sensibility means that they retain an indefinable catchiness.
If you haven't heard it, it's one of the most ambitious albums of the eighties and Japan's best. And it knocks most modern non-dance music into a cocked hat.