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It has an incredible mood similar to David Bowie's album 1.Outside providing wonderfull relaxing images. The finest songs are 'september''Orpheus''let the happiness in''the boy with the gun' and 'Forbidden Colours'
the later being based on sakamoto's own composition but with a wonderfull piano bringing out the melody put together with david's melted velvet chocolate voice
I knew Japan was very good but this album is music of the Gods.
This music penetrates the soul in the most magical way.
I will have to get all of Sylvian's work now...
Sylvian was on a bit of a roll- an unreleased collaboration with Scott Walker; the 'Gone to Earth' double-set (which featured classics 'Laughter & Forgetting' & 'River Man', amongst others) & the brilliant Mick Karn-Steve Jansen single 'Buoy'. Taking the latter as a starting point, the result is this album, which sounds like a jazzy Scott Walker.
'September' is the short opener, "sipping coke & playing games", which captures the passing moment. From the Summer of life to the Autumn of realisation. A happysad melancholia...'The Boy with the Gun' is a guitar & string drenched song- taking instrumentals such as 'Campfire Coyote Country' as a template (& moving towards 'Rain Tree Crow'). 'Maria', with a Turkish sounding female backing vocal (it reminds me of 'Persian Love Song' by Dead Can Dance) & a minor-key synth is a more worldly advance on 'Ghosts'.The gloom is abated for 'Orpheus', one of Sylvian's best songs. One of the best songs ever!.Read more ›
'September' introduces the theme of the album; like a melancholy algebraic equation, resolved quickly but not losing any of its substance or structure.
'The Boy with the Gun'.. teasing strings and daring lyrics, BE WARNED there are many layers!
'Maria' is an introduction to the albums peak .. 'Orpheus', Sylvian at his best, its undulating motion captures maturity and wisdom in every bar, (if you've ever wondered what it's like to sail down a river in Middleearth).. (with a full moon). 'The Devils Own' a suitable precursor to 'When Poets dreamed of Angels'... another peak in this masterpiece. The three last songs bring the listener to a heavy and meditative end enabling one to hear all elements introduced in the earlier tracks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great CD. Memorable, thought provoking lyrics. Orpheus is an absolute Sylvian masterpiece. Received the CD within the seller specified timescales.Published 4 months ago by Mr. K. Mcconnell
From the first moment that you pick up the case of this album and inspect the sleeve, you can't but think this looks like a piece of art. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2002 by Milt M. R. Ingarfield
So much has been said about this piece of david's work that it almost defies further comment - however. Read morePublished on 4 July 2002 by Pearson -Holbrook, Suffolk