Japan – Tin Drum

Published on 4 March 2019 by

      Ned Raggett: ‘Partially growing out of their success in the country they were named after, as well as growing friendship and affiliation with such bands as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Japan, on Tin Drum, made its most unique, challenging, and striking album. It was also the final full studio effort from the group, and what a way to bow out — there was practically no resemblance to the trash glam flailers on Adolescent Sex anymore. Rather than repeat the sheer restraint on Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Tin Drum is an album of energy, Sylvian’s singing still the decadently joyful thing it is, but the arrangements and performances tight, full, and active. The fusion of exquisite funk courtesy of Karn and Jansen’s joined-at-the-hip rhythm section and a range of Asian music influences, from instrumentation to subject matter, combined with an even wider use of technological approaches to create the dramatic, sly songs on offer. Only the Talking Heads showed the same attempt at reach and variety at the time, at least in the Western rock world, but Japan arguably outstripped the New York band with its sheer sense of theatrical style. …. ‘


Japan – Tin Drum Tracklist

1. The Art of Parties (0:00)
2. Talking Drum (4:12)
3. Ghosts (7:46)
4. Canton (12:19)
5. Still Life in Mobile Homes (17:47)
6. Visions of China (23:21)
7. Sons of Pioneers (27:00)
8. Cantonese Boy (34:09)

Japan - Tin Drum

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