Brilliant Trees

David Sylvian - Brilliant Trees
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1984 Ratings: #32 / 121
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
1984 Ratings: #63
Liked by 3 people
June 25, 1984 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin / Label
Art Pop / Genres
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Sylvian's solo career starts with the '84 release 'Brilliant Trees' and other than the 'almost funky' opener 'Pulling Punches' this album feels like a complete shift from the sound he'd developed in former band Japan.

The only two tracks that had really hinted at this new atmospheric and restrained approach on Japan's final album 'Tin Drum' were the near-ambient 'Sons of Pioneers' and the ballad 'Ghosts'; in particular this second track seemed beamed in from somewhere else entirely, a distant ... read more


This is quite similar to the music Sylvian did in Japan, but it's way more contemplative, atmospheric, and less approached to new wave, synthpop, and new romantic. The compositions are more sophisticated, precise, and the result sounds sort of progressive pop, or, ambient pop, whatever you wanna call it, but artsy above everything, especially on the B-side, because the A-side is more conventionally accessible and animated, I'd say. The problem is that it's quite monotonous. It's a fair album to ... read more


Damn he's so art

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Track List

  1. Pulling Punches
  2. The Ink in the Well
  3. Nostalgia
  4. Red Guitar
  5. Weathered Wall
  6. Backwaters
  7. Brilliant Trees
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Added on: March 25, 2015