01. Quiet Life
13. Sometimes I Feel So Low (Video)
2004 deluxe DIGIPACK - Originally released in 1979 this is a digitally remastered and repackaged
re-issue with 4 bonus videos, extensive sleevenotes, rare artwork and photos.
The first two Japan albums, Adolescent Sex and Obscure Alternatives are both
not half as bad as the critics say, but whilst those two albums were
made at the wrong time, Quiet Life marked a perfectly timed transition for
Japan, from disco art rock, to sophisticated Euro pop with soaring synths,
haunting atmospherics and spellbinding rhythms. The title track is a classic
New Romantic tune, it sways beautifully and still sounds funky with its twanging
guitars and tight drumming. "Halloween" is as creepy and dramatic as
its title suggests with smoky horns and a catchy chorus. "All Tommorows
Parties", is a superb cover
version of the Velvet
Underground track from the late 60's, beautifully updated by Japan.
They really transform the song whilst not sacrificing its bitter sweet edge.
Like a lot of music being produced around 1979, Quiet Life is very dark, Gothic
in fact. "Despair" is both beautiful and tragic, a typical David
Sylvian number, with the lyrics recited in French for an even weirder, mournful
effect. "The Other Side Of Life" really
is the icing on the cake here. Musically it is spectacular, quite oriental
sounding and the emotive lyrics coupled with
David Sylvian's melancholy vocals will freeze you in your tracks. "Alien",
another great track, and "In
both very haunting pieces of music with lyrics that conjure a series of abstract,
disturbing images of isolated
people and dream like places.
Influences / Similar Artists:
David Sylvian, David Bowie, Roxy Music