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Quiet Life

Album: Quiet Life
# Song Title   Time
1)    Quiet Life
2)    Fall in Love with Me
3)    Despair
4)    In Vogue
5)    Halloween
6)    All Tomorrow's Parties
7)    Alien
8)    Other Side of Life, The
9)    All Tomorrow's Parties - (12" mix, 1983 remix, bonus track)
10)    All Tomorrow's Parties - (7" mix, bonus track)
11)    Foreign Place, A - (B-Side Of "Quiet Life", bonus track)
12)    Quiet Life - (7" mix, bonus track)
13)    Quiet Life
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Performer Notes
  • Japan: David Sylvian (vocals, guitar); Rob Dean (guitar); Richard Barbieri (keyboards, synthesizer); Mick Karn (bass, saxophone, background vocals); Steve Jansen (drums, percussion).
  • Recorded at Air Studios, London, England.
  • Remaster adds four songs and a video.
  • CD contains 4 bonus tracks.
  • Bonus Video of 'Quiet Life'
  • Personnel: David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Rob Dean (guitar); Mick Karn (saxophone, background vocals); Richard Barbieri (keyboards, synthesizer); Steve Jansen (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: John Punter.
  • Audio Remixer: John Punter.
  • Photographer: Fin Costello.
  • Over their relatively brief recorded career--five studio albums--Japan made a huge about-face. From a glam-rock band with arty pretenses they became the epitome of the "New Romantics," wearing their classical and world-beat influences on their ruffled sleeves. QUIET LIFE, the third of their five albums, is the first fully removed from traditional rock.
  • The title track opens the album with hectic drums and percolating synthesizers offsetting the tremendously controlled guitar and rubbery bass. This song, and indeed album, also introduce the style of vocals that David Sylvian would use for the rest of the band's career--a cross between David Bowie and Bryan Ferry that is much more pleasant to listen to than descriptions would indicate. "Despair," with its piano, saxophone, and swelling synthesizer, is clearly modeled after the second half of Bowie's LOW, as well as being the second of Sylvian's compositions paying overt homage to composer Erik Satie. A cover of the Velvet Underground classic "All Tomorrow's Parties" is completely dominated by Mick Karn's bass playing, though the rest of the band does their best to keep up. QUIET LIFE is an essential road sign in the career of a fascinating band.
Professional Reviews
Q (1/02, p.115) - 3 out of 5 stars - " the time of 1980's Quiet Life Japan had already spent two albums steadily dropping their initial glam-rock sound....longing for otherness...had charm..."
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