Saturday, April 13, 2013
Why Brilliant Trees?
Why is David Sylvian's 1984 release Brilliant Trees my seventh favorite album of all-time?
The moods and melodies of post rock maestro David Sylvian. Free of his band, JAPAN, (and its glam image) for the first time, David is writing and performing the experimental music he wants to write.
The amazing, incomparable voice of David Sylvian.
The unique drumming/percussion contributions of David's brother, Steve Jansen.
The presence of trumpeters extraordinaire Kenny Wheeler, Mark Isham and John Hassell.
The unique contribution of synthesizer/keyboard master, Ryuichi Sakamoto.
The presence and ingenius contributions of former Can member and radio-head, Holger Czukay.
The diversity of Side One.
The beauty and emotion of "Nostalgia." Kenny Wheeler's horn play is amazing--as is David's vocal.
The incredible flow and perfection of Side Two--one of those all-too rare "perfect sides."
The drop dead beauty of "Weathered Wall." The genius of the collaboration of Jon Hassell and David Sylvian is first unleashed.
The incredible innovativeness of "Backwaters." The genius of the match of Holger Czukay and David Sylvian is first unleashed.
The of the album's finale, its title song, "Brilliant Trees." The genius of the collaboration between Jon Hassell and David Sylvian is repeated with breathtaking effect.
My review from ProgArchives: