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Sleepwalkers by David Sylvian
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8/10 Clinton 24 September 2010

Probably only Talk Talk and Scott Walker have more interesting career paths than David Sylvian. From teenage hear-throb to introspective, difficult and experimental solo artist he probably went too far with last years 'Manafon' which although brave was ultimately unrewarding with its Fennesz assisted scrapes and noises..just a note of music here and there would have helped. Here we have a compilation of Sylvian's collaborations over the years with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Burnt Friedman and his brother Steve Jansen. For the uninitiated, Sylvian has a wonderful deep brown, treacly voice, initially Bowie fixated but less so with age. He could sing a fast food menu and still make it sound profound. Opener 'Sleepwalkers' is the most 'Manafon' -alike but he was at his best writing melancholic classically influenced pop during the 90's on albums such as 'Beehive' and there are tracks here that recall this era such as 'World Citizen - I won't be disappointed' which is a lot better than its title suggests. Sylvian sometimes comes across like a male Bjork, toying with various left field styles of music, equally inspiring, brilliant, pretentious, absurd, idiotic. Like Bjork he's also an aquired taste as the bleatings in the office prove when I choose to put on another track.


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