1. Tribal Dawn
2. Lost Affections in a Room
3. Passion in Moisture
4. Weather the Windmill
5. Savior, Are You With Me?
6. Trust Me
8. Piper Blue
9. Sound of Waves
Japan called it a day in late 1982 after around two years of success which itself followed years of beavering away in almost total obscurity. The reasons behind the split were emotional as well as musical: Sylvian had become involved with Karn's partner
and things became fraught during the recording of their superb final album (as Japan), Tin Drum.
Karn was first to put his head over the parapet. Titles is definitely his baby: it's a different kettle of fish from anything Japan had done together. The first four tracks are all instrumentals, Karn's esoteric and riveting fretless basslines right up front in the mix, it becoming a lead instrument.
Set against precise rhythm programming (on a Movement 'rhythm computer' - a notoriously difficult beast to use, also used on the early Eurythmics material) and featuring some great synth programming, they're challenging but also rewarding.
The second set of four are songs in the traditional sense. Featuring the input of former bandmate Rich Barbieri as 'keyboard consultant' (the only time I've ever seen this phrase used) and Kim Wilde's bro Ricky on the single Sensitive, it's strange that it wasn't a bigger seller. Sensitive is about the final days of Japan. Karn apparently hates his vocals on this album although friend Midge Ure was impressed enough overall to seek to work with him and they co-wrote and released the single After A Fashion as a result. The final instrumental track (on the import version), The Sound Of Waves, is brilliant and was the b-side of Sensitive.