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Album Review

Quiet Life is the album that transformed Japan from past-tense glam rockers into futuristic synth popsters, though they'd been leaning in that direction for a while. It's also a solid proto-New Romantic synthesizer record, enhanced by Mick Karn's superb fretless bass work and David Sylvian's smooth, sneering vocals spread over pop hits like the title track and "Fall in Love with Me." [The 2006 reissue includes five bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Quiet Life rocks

This is an unforgettable album. From start to finish it makes you sit up and listen, like so few other albums. Take time out, crank it up and enjoy. 45 minutes of pure 80s spine tingling bliss...

For all times Sake

So if you hark back to the old days, when it was cool to wear make-up as a man, then this will take you back. Although I didn't remember it being this slow. Quiet Life will always have a place in my heart. Back to the warehouse in Leeds, getting changed into your clothes at the bus shelter, smoking on the bus. Ah good for the memories, but I think it needs remixing!!


What a fabulous album. It still sounds fresh and is a brilliant, shining nugget of the 1980s.


Formed: 1974 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Japan's evolution from rather humble glam rock beginnings into stylish synth pop (and beyond) made the British group one of the more intriguing and successful artists of their era. Formed in London in 1974, Japan began its existence as a quintet comprised of singer/songwriter David Sylvian, bassist Mick Karn, keyboardist Richard Barbieri, drummer (and Sylvian's brother) Steve Jansen and guitarist Rob Dean. In their primary incarnation, the group emulated the sound and image of glam rockers like David...
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