The First Day CD
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Many of the tracks here open as brash, syncopated rockers, with guitars like rhythmic static. But then often the mood over time subtlety changes and new vistas open out. For here we have music hidden within an outer shell. The shell is the hard rock edge, whose lyrics no longer possess as much the literary or aesthetic merit of Sylvian's previous works; instead he sings now of more direct and down-to-earth matters, less suggestive of deeper realities. Those inner realities instead are made manifest - as far as they can be made manifest - within the track's inner instrumental workings, the composition of which develop in a fully-confident way the collaborative work learned by Sylvian from his mentor, Holger Czukay.
Take track three, `Firepower': After its initial warm-up, Fripp leads with a lyrical and warping guitar line. A sudden by subtle break commences a creative weave of immense beauty, gaining depth and power through incessant rhythm and by the sustained lines of Fripp's inspired guitar work. It's a complex weft, like a silken Turkish carpet, a recognisable work of art in its own right but containing within itself a million different universes.
Or take the track five, `20th Century Dreaming': Sylvian intones, "As the river runs, tumbles and turns, you know you shouldn't stay or play the game again. But it could be different this time. You may win", words exhibiting the yearning of millions.Read more ›
Fripp wanted Sylvian to be part of a re-envisaged King Crimson but the latter was not keen to step into those shoes so this became and improvisation based band with fantastic results.
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I chose this rating because David Sylvian's Music is always ACE to me. I would recommend this Album to everyone I know.Published on 15 Sept. 2013 by Mr. Mark Deacon.
Love this cd! play it loud & you'll love it too.
Jean the birdman - great guitar work!
When I got this CD I was very disappointed, I couldn't get to like it even though I'm a fan of King crimnson/Fripp and Sylvian. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2003 by machokrap