“Gentlemen Take Polaroids” by Japan - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1980Album Chart of the Decade: 1980s

TJR says

Their deal with the German Hansa label at an end, Japan began the decade with a switch to Virgin Records, with the new single “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” (#60) released in October, 1980, just a couple of weeks before the album of the same name (51) was in the shops. They've been getting stronger and more interesting with each release and this LP continues the trend. The biggest highlight is the fantastic “Methods Of Dance” which picks up where “Quiet Life” left off, the wonderfully complex dance rhythms being subtly bolstered with female vocals and brass. A stately-but-haunting piano-based waltz accompanies David Sylvian's sombre-but-cultured croon on “Nightporter”. Just what does that worker see in the dead of night? The album closes with “Taking Islands In Africa”, co-written in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto of the Yellow Magic Orchestra. That ought to shift a few extra units in Japan. Cynical, moi?

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A1 [07:08] 7.0.png Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids (David Sylvian) New Wave
A2 [06:23] 5.6.png Japan - Swing (David Sylvian) New Wave
A3 [05:23] 6.3.png Japan - Burning Bridges (David Sylvian) Electronica
A4 [03:52] 5.3.png Japan - My New Career (David Sylvian) New Wave
B1 [06:53] 8.2.png Japan - Methods Of Dance (David Sylvian) New Wave
B2 [04:40] 4.9.png Japan - Ain’t That Peculiar (Warren Moore, William Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Marvin Tarplin) New Wave
B3 [06:57] 7.9.png Japan - Nightporter (David Sylvian) Songwriter
B4 [05:12] 6.7.png Japan - Taking Islands In Africa (David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto) Electronica

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