Manafon - David Sylvian
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  • Summary: The latest solo album for the ex-Japan band member features work with musicians from the United Kingdom, Austria, and Japan.
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  1. 100
    Here, his luxurious voice, weathered and warm, sits atop intuitive improvations from the likes of Christian Fennesz and Evan Parker. [Nov 2009, p.106]
  2. Manafon is a quiet yet forceful stunner, a recording that, if heard, is literally unforgettable.
  3. 80
    Initially baffling, Manafon richly replays further decktime. [Oct 2009, p.96]
  4. Sylvian is front-and-center on every song, which is good because he provides the only rhythmic and melodic stability, as the instrumentals dart and scratch and feedback around him.
  5. Fans of David Sylvian will doubtless appreciate the elegant compositions and Sylvian's self-indulgent but soulful insights, but there is little to entertain the casual listener who may be better off back cataloguing Tom Waits and Nick Drake and realizing that they are not the same thing.
  6. Think Scott Walker punching a side of beef, and know that here's another who's wandered off the path of teen pop success to find a world that's far more interesting (if far from easy listening).
  7. While no one could accuse Sylvian of playing it safe, the exercises that make up Manafon are neither experimental nor aesthetically pleasing enough for me to recommend this album.

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