This is Sylvian's most ' Japan ' like standalone album at times, from the initial opening of 'Pulling Punches' there is that punchy poppy brassy short stab japan-esque soundtrack with the wailing silk like sylvian vocals beloved of all japan tracks.. he immediately sounds the same ..the unique voice (that Bryan Ferry always tried to get ha ha..and occasionally succeeded ) - this has that sound, long drawn out obscure semi-atonal notes, and that lovely high/low tone suddent drop in the voice that marks him out as eastern influenced... he does that trick just like Bert Jansch sometimes.
Ink in the Well is brilliant, Danny Thompson double bass intro/backing just like 'Boy with the Gun' on the later 'Secrets of Beehive' CD.. and the smoother voice that Sylvian developed after Japan. 'Nostalgia' is a fine eastern influenced opening track with a lovely memorable tune..like 'Ghosts' and the unmistakeable japan tones..
Again lots of peotry in lyrics, studied moments and then also more Japan-ish on Red Guitar which transports you immediately back to 'Talking Drum' days.. a fine album with a transitional stage where he has emerged from Japan and shows the poetic and intense lyrical composition that emerges ever stronger on "Secrets' and later albums like "Dead Bees on a Cake'
Buy this to enjoy classic Sylvian creativity and style...and wonderfully thought out lyrics sung with smooth style over a background of engaging beats, clicks, drones and strings. Another album for anyone into percussive perfection also. One thing that always stands out is that he just never does the ordinary thing, never follows the same dull western pop scales, what he creates couldn't be anyone else.
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