Brilliant work from a modest artist. A humane architect as concerned with the intricate details of his work as for its wholeness. Very well balanced electronic soundscapes, rarely matched by other artists. This is a human consciously using electronics, not electronics subjugating a human. Sylvian has a true artist feel and respect, his work carries no haze and head over heels to it, which exactly are the factors that makes the work of so many artist superficial. This work glows and has beauty and is quite humorous and bright (even the cacaphonic parts; but keep focused on the vocal tale, otherwise you might get a headache). This is gentle cascades of minimal exact soundpainting to backup the vocal center of the work. Quite naked songs bravely about the deeper and often pushed away aspects of life and its more intricate personal confrontational aspects and ensuing feelings. Worth hearing just for the degree of illustrious soundscapes matching lyrical content. David Sylvian sounds having taken one step back, rather wondering, sad, seeking. A life interim with introspection.
This is brilliancy as brilliancy stands out of the cover artwork itself.