Hard to believe now but Japan were once a group of terribly serious musicians. Carefully coiffeured and with a worrying affection for foundation their music - an odd mix of art rock, funk and pop - has undeniably aged but there are still edifying glimpses of talent which matched their ambitions. The sparse 'Ghosts' still causes a stir; this is a time at which their minimalist sound and Sylvian's rather affected Bryan Ferry-isms combined to chilly effect. 'Visions Of China' is another outstanding single which revealed that amongst the experimental Oriental percussion they could knock out moments of tuneful clarity with the best of them. Naturally there are moments of pretentious guff amidst the good ideas like 'Talking Drum' which is dominated so much by fretless bass it must be the musical equivalent of breaking wind. Also 'Sons Of Pioneers' is too ponderous to justfy its seven-minute length. Much better is 'Canton', a pleasant instrumental piece that doesn't quite approach the earnest evocation of Chinese culture it aims for but nonetheless has charm to spare. The four members of Japan would go on making music under various guises with mixed results but 'Tin Drum' deserves more than just a dismissive glance.