A Victim of Stars: 1982-2012 Image
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  • Summary: The two-disc compilation of solo work comes from the former lead singer of the new wave group Japan.
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  1. Mar 6, 2012
    100
    This compilation may primarily be valuable for illustrating the full length and breadth of Sylvian's musical progression.
  2. Mar 6, 2012
    82
    A Victim of Stars doesn't offer much to anyone already immersed in that world. For everyone else this is an engaging scratch at the surface of a wide-open mind.
  3. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    Yes, it's a ridiculous, sometimes patchy affair, but that feels entirely apposite.
  4. Mar 6, 2012
    80
    Musically, too, he became far more adventurous than both Roxy Music and the New Romantic legions who echoed the original glam-rock innovations, his work paralleling that of questing artists like Scott Walker and Talk Talk.
  5. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    As a portrait of a great artist who has never stopped progressing and carving a niche that is equal parts challenging, enjoyable and moving, it does a brilliant job.
  6. Jun 5, 2012
    80
    Throughout, Sylvian's songs retain their peculiar emotional coloration, of tension bubbling just under the surface.
  7. Mar 13, 2012
    80
    A Victim Of Stars is the ideal primer to an almost three-decade solo career, with the bait of one impeccable new track. [Mar 2012, p.117]

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