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Tin Drum - Japan (1981)

New romantic electronica

Most similar to:

Think Spandau Ballet crossed with Marilyn Manson

Best tracks?

Ghosts, Visions of China

Buy it at Amazon!
Buy it at Amazon!

Why did I buy it?

Wanted this album since I was little!


As a child, I wanted this album, but the shopkeeper explained to my mother that the music was a little "inaccessible" and I'd be better with something else. When I finally got my hands on it (at the age of 25) I heard what I'd been missing.

From the first distinctive jarring notes, the wierd syncopated sound and the awkward vocals of David Sylvian, this album screams with Japan's style and electronic edge. It's compelling stuff - not background music. Although it's not a comfortable sound it is far from "inaccessible" - it grabbed me on first listen and made this one of my most played albums for those times when I don't know what I want to hear, but I want something different. It fits more often than you would expect.

The stand out tracks are Ghosts and Visions of China. In Ghosts, Sylvian confronts his past: "Just when I think I'm winning, when I've broken every door, the ghosts of my life blow wilder than before". In Visions of China, he moves to political comment: "We walk backwards, say nothing... We're young and strong in this party..." - a great single which also fits well into this strong album's metallic, oriental overtones.

Would I buy it again?


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