David Sylvian

Born 23 February 1958.
David Sylvian


David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt, 23 February 1958) is an English singer-songwriter and musician who came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. His subsequent solo work is described by AllMusic critic Jason Ankeny as "a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts." Sylvian's solo work has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, including jazz, avant-garde, ambient, electronic, and progressive rock.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of A Victim of Stars 1982-2012

    A Victim of Stars 1982-2012 2012

    Reviewed by Iain Moffatt
    A timely reminder that the mainstream's been able to accommodate many kinds of magic.
  2. Review of Manafon

    Manafon 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    If only all so-called artists could display this courage.
  3. Review of When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima

    When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Mr Sylvian releases his Japanese art installation collage, prior to his world tour.
  4. Review of Blemish

    Blemish 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Sylvian alone is his most compelling incarnation yet. Prepare to get close...
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