An Imaginary Country

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  • Summary: The Canadian electronica artist releases his latest album.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. All in all, An Imaginary Country is probably Tim Hecker's most accessible album. In a way, the record bridges together the elements heard on previous albums, only without regurgitating old ideas.
  2. Nowhere is this idea of acceptance clearer than on An Imaginary Country. In a sense the album evokes nothing so much as Hecker himself, diligently and intuitively molding his sounds through synthesizer, guitar and laptop, and as a result may be the most symbiotic album of the year.
  3. Tim Hecker's elegantly inventive way around sound art moved into a full decade of released work with An Imaginary Country, one of his most serene and, from its striking start "100 Years Ago" forward, uplifting albums.
  4. Most impressive, though, is that Hecker has built for us this make-believe area to inhabit, to explore with him. While there's a bit less room in this space than those he's constructed before, it's still very much an achievement, and one to be celebrated.
  5. Hecker's sonics are huge and unrepentant, but they tease the ear; individual sounds are highlighted by their sustained revision.
  6. An Imaginary Country is a solid record, but in the context of Hecker’s discography, it can also be underwhelming at times.
  7. If you've got patience it's a quiet joy; if not, it'll drive you nuts.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. gerryg
    Mar 15, 2009
    It's a solid well done album with a lot of soul.
  2. RobinG
    Mar 15, 2009
    Best ambient electronica ever recorded.
  3. erics
    Jun 22, 2009
    All those reviews under 8 need to get there ears checked.