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  • Summary: The concept album made up of three EPs about three imaginary continents is the first since the singer's 1992 album Astronauts & Heretics.
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  1. Oct 28, 2011
    Dolby takes care to construct whole worlds, making sure there are people to talk to there, and scenery to drink in.
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    For all its stylistic diversity--bluegrass, bossa, jazz and electro all get a look in--and voracious internationalism, Floating City is a work with an identifiable centre.
  3. Oct 28, 2011
    In the end Dolby emerges as one of those rare artists who's managed to grow with the times while retaining his artistic vision, who has taken a prolonged hiatus and yet sounds like he never left.
  4. Dec 22, 2011
    This album is a punchy, lyrical and moving set. [Nov 2011, p. 103]
  5. Nov 11, 2011
    This vaguely "concept" album comeback mostly consists of polished jazz-pop and coffee-table Americana with faint echoes of Steely Dan, Tom Waits and Prefab Sprout. [Nov 2011, p.83]
  6. Dec 15, 2011
    He's turned his back on electro flourishes in favour of a melodic approach... It works. [Dec. 2001 p. 126]
  7. Oct 28, 2011
    After such a lengthy time away, it's admirable that Dolby has returned with such a bold and difficult-to-pigeonhole record, but with its disappointingly flat production, A Map of the Floating City fails to make the most of its abundance of ideas.

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  1. Dec 24, 2011
    An album almost twenty years in the waiting! - but it appears worthwhile. Dolby's art is well-crafted, and his production and arrangement is sleek and balanced. Some songs stick out more than others (Oceanea, Evil Twin Brother and 17 Hills) but this is more about personal taste than quality. Map of the Floating City is a cornucopia of concept, mood and narrative woven from a tapestry-like blend of melody, chord sequence and line - both wistful and heartfelt. The album offers up new gems upon each listening and for this reason is a musician's album. Map of the Floating City's centrepiece is definitely Oceanea; Dolby's voice counterpoints beautifully with Eddi Reader's. if your choice of listening is for an album within which you can immerse yourself in completely - this album is for you Expand