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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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JWP BASS ,

Great album

Turn Japan inside out, and this is what you get.

Give it a few spins.

novemberland1 ,

Gorgeous...

At the time of it's release, "Rain Tree Crow" sounded like neither a Japan record nor a David Sylvian record...it is a delicate, sparse and unique musical landscape...While I see it now as closely related to to Sylvian's later releases (in particular the kind of reunion record, Nine Horses), I love the music and the atmosphere of this release. Each member of Japan is a musical iconoclast...Bravo! as this record holds up extraordinarily well to the passing of time.

ErikDahlin ,

The non-Japan Japan album

The “official” album review above is somewhat inaccurate, as David Sylvian, Mick Karn, Richard Barbieri and Steve Jansen were ALL members of Japan. Apparently when the 4 of them reunited to create this album, the songs of which primarily came from improvisations, all but Sylvian actually wanted it to be released as another Japan album. However, Sylvian’s ego notwithstanding, I think perhaps he was correct in pushing for this to come out under a different moniker. The overall mood of this album is quite far removed from that of Japan’s output. Some of the tracks are indeed quite challenging, while others are more accessible. Personal highlights for me are ‘Blackwater’ and ‘Every Colour You Are,’ which both fall into the latter category, and should please Sylvian fans (especially given the fact that he continues to perform them in recent solo tours). Some of the instrumental “challenging” tracks might also appeal to Bill Nelson fans, as they certainly channel some of his musical ideas. Overall, though, if you come in to this thinking it will pick up where the Tin Drum left off, you may be disappointed…or at least caught off guard.