Japan, David Sylvian's band from the 80's, had something individual which attracted my interest many moons ago. In July 2001 I read a very favourable review of Everything and Nothing and it mentioned that David Sylvian, a blast from the past, planned to play in Dublin in October. I bought the CD and it has been a revealation, giving me many hours of pleasure over the last few months. I saw David Sylvian and his band in Dublin and since then I have appreciated the music even more. Magnolia which opens the first disc is a superb track moving along against the back drop of a great drum beat. David Sylvian's voice does it for me - it has soul, passion and sets the mood of the piece. Some of the other tracks are very complex but as I got to know the songs they became my favourites - like all great music. The second song on CD2 has a dark grinding distorted guitar riff which weaves the piece into a complex, moody and torturous web reflective of the mind. I was once told that complex music needs an educated ear and that's the pity. The world prefer's the sing along chorus of Kylie and Robbie and the genius of David Sylvian is not heard. Maybe classical music like Wagner is at the top of the music tree but to me David Sylvian and his ilk - I would include Jeff Buckley in this small group, are the classical musicians of the 21st century. Give it a shot - I hope you like it. The CD includes 3 CD's and I have yet to listen to number 3. I am saving it for a rainy night in. Mark H
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