Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ghosts

The release of the landmark album Tin drum marked the artistic peak as well as the untimely end of the band Japan. They managed to finally create a soundscape totally their own, with no distinguishable influences from other artists. The most important song on the album is Ghosts, a superb ballad and a strong contender for the title of best single ever - and definitely in my top 5 songs. Right from the first out-of-this-world sounds, this songs weaves a spell like no other. A surprise UK top 10 hit, it is notable for its utterly minimal arrangement, almost entirely eschewing beats for Barbieri's textures and Jansens work on marimba. David Sylvian has never sounded better in his life - and that is quite a statement giving my admiration for his work.
Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant masterpiece, one of 200 best songs of all time)

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