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Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £2.97

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better as a single album, 24 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (Audio CD)
First things first. I love this album and have done for 25 years. It has some of the Cure's best tracks. But it feels bloated and unnecessary in parts, and I've always felt that it would have worked better as a single album akin to either Head on the Door or Disintegration, running somthing like:

Why Can't I Be You
If Only Tonight...
How Beautiful You Are
All I Want

Hey You!
Just Like Heaven
One More Time
Perfect Girl
Thousand Hours

Just like Heaven and Catch are two of the best and most accessible Cure tracks, while Perfect Girl, How Beautiful You Are and A Thousand Hours follow in a similar vein and offer a core of beautiful pop songs to anchor the album around. Why Can't I Be You? has an iconic quality, even if I wouldn't put it up with their best singles. If Only Tonight ... offers a lazy,drugged out groove inflected with a vague Eastern edge. I'd chuck in Hey You!, All I Want and One More Time as the more interesting of the remaining tracks.

The less interesting in my view are the dirge like throwbacks that offer a pale imitation of the dark masterpieces of Faith and Pornography. Porl Thompson had listened to a bit too much Led Zep when putting together some of the guitar parts and we'd all be better off without The Kiss, Torture and the Snake Pit. Icing Sugar is real filler b-side stuff and though Like Cockatoos is OK, it's really no more than that. Shiver and Shake is interesting once or twice to get a listen of Smith's invective against his former bandmate, but otherwise jars, while Fight feels like an inferior version of Push from HotD. Last of all, I'm not sure if Hot, Hot, Hot existed before pizza adverts or if pizza adverts existed before Hot, Hot, Hot, but I'm thinking melting mozzarella from the first bar, which is unhealthy on a number of levels!
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A Victim of Stars, 1982-2012
A Victim of Stars, 1982-2012
Price: £16.43

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive singles album, 14 April 2012
A Victim of Stars is the 'greatest hits' album that Everything and Nothing never was. The 80s are represented pretty faithfully by the singles of the period - no Buoy which is a shame. The nineties mainly the same - no Godman which is a relief. As Sylvian made less and less impact on the charts, some of the later selections are more subjective. Slightly surprised not to have Damage or The Librarian which were both more accessible than some of the other choices made.

The 21st century work which so divides fans is well contextualised in this retrospective. The more obvious and perhaps best tracks from Blemish, Manafon and Died in the Wool make an appearance. If you don't like these ones, you can forget about the albums themselves.

Where's Your Gravity is a worthy addition, albeit probably a B grade Sylvian track. What the album effectively showcases is how Sylvian has evolved through a clever use of collaborators - the original Japan members, Sakamoto, Nelson, Fripp, Talvin Singh, Ribot, Friedman, Bang, Fujikora to name the key ones - to became an artist of unsurpassed grace and depth. This is a beautiful way to share the journey with the usual fantastic artistic presentation.

Secrets Of The Beehive
Secrets Of The Beehive
Price: £5.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Masterpiece, 6 April 2009
This review is from: Secrets Of The Beehive (Audio CD)
Secrets of the Beehive remains the best album I've ever heard. Its' particular quality lies in the conjuring of mood and atmospehere that is so evocative and memorable it paints pictures that linger long after the music has faded. The album oscillates between the centrepiece tracks (Boy With a Gun, Orpheus, When Poets, Let the Happiness In, Waterfront) and the beautiful vignettes that add layers and richness. For me, these are the real highlights and establish a canon of these sort of works that Sylvian returns to later in 'Cries and Whispers', 'Boats for Burning', 'Dobro No.1', 'She is Not'. The opening and closing tracks offer a particular beauty. If I had to find an improvement, the replacement of 'Let the Happiness In' with 'Ride' of the same era would have been the royal jelly on the honey, but that's heresy to some.

Quiet Life
Quiet Life
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Romantic masterpiece, 6 April 2009
This review is from: Quiet Life (Audio CD)
Was it really 30 years ago. In a short,slick move David Sylvian and his fellow cohorts created New Romantic music from the ashes of glam and the ennui of disco. Commentators often focus on Tin Drum as Japan's masterwork, but it was this album that spawned a 1000 imitators. Other than the innovation, what sets it apart is some clever musicianship - particularly Barbieri's keyboards and Karn's bass - some glorious poetry in the tracks (Despair, Other Side of Life)and some cracking tunes. Quiet Life and Halloween are the dance hall classics, while In-Vogue, Alien and Fall in Love with Me capture and bottle the zeitgeist that was to come. The only disappointment is the unimaginative choice of extra tracks. 7" mixes of Life in Tokyo and European Son would really have enhanced the album (six stars?), instead of which some unnecessary extended versions and an average b-side dissipate the quality.

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