Everything & Nothing

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  1. Musically rich throughout, Everything and Nothing is a spotlight for Sylvian's stylish, Brian Ferry-inspired baritone, his fascination with eastern culture and spirituality and the beautiful orchestrations of songs like "God's Monkey", "I Surrender" and "Some Kind of Fool".
  2. 90
    For those new to Sylvian's work or for those who tuned out after Tin Drum, this welcome career cherry-picker serves as a perfect portal to discover some of the most haunting and beautiful music of the last two decades.
  3. That Sylvian has managed to fashion his extensive career into a fulfilling double disc is impressive enough. But the fact he manages to do so while still coming off as a vibrant, vital artist -- some 22 years after making his recorded debut -- is what makes Everything and Nothing especially exquisite.
  4. Another quality installation from an artist who views his entire oeuvre as a work in progress.
  5. 70
    There are a few saccharine missteps, such as "I Surrender," with its smarmy smooth-jazz guitar harmonies. And certainly this isn't the most varied album, especially by compilation standards -- Sylvian's instrumentals are unfairly slighted, and some more energetic tracks were left untapped. But the flipside is that this is a remarkably coherent collection that largely sets a mood and sticks to it, with the lush productions and Sylvian's charmingly tremulous, attractively reedy singing soothing casual listeners, yet revealing greater depths should one choose to listen for them.
  6. The Wire
    What emerges so strongly from this collection is evidence of gradual development over time--stumbling, erratic, silent and brilliant by turns--ultimately leading to a stage of maturity. [#200, p.68]
  7. This is such pretentious toss that I can't help but adore it.

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  1. BrookeO.
    Apr 16, 2008
    While I feel a better collection fo Sylvian's work could have been put together that would better represent his finest momnets and not While I feel a better collection fo Sylvian's work could have been put together that would better represent his finest momnets and not seem so scattered, the fact still remains that Sylvian is a musical guru who knows no peer. No one else creates music as introspective, thoughtful, and beautiful as he. All of his work is true art of the highest order. Those looking to "ROCK", please go elsewhere. For fans of things like Spirit of Eden, Jordan: The Comeback, Black Celebration ...etc you must get to know Sylvian's work immediately. Expand
  2. Junjun
    Nov 14, 2005
    Sporadically brilliant, mostly engaging & inventive.