Imperial - Robin Guthrie
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  • Summary: 'Imperial' marks the first-ever solo release for the Cocteau Twins' guitarist (who also runs record label Bella Union, works as a record producer, and is one-half of the band Violet Indiana). This ten-track instrumental disc sounds a lot like his work with that earlier band.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 90
    This music casts a thoughtful spell that deeper enchants the heart the more times it spins.
  2. The weightless drones and light filigrees are as mesmerizing and familiar as ever when folded into each other.
  3. 70
    Enjoy it before it all gets used in bank adverts. [May 2003, p.104]
  4. The tracks give the listener a greater appreciation for RObin's contribution to the Twins. [#5, p.106]
  5. The absence of Liz Fraser's warbling--or indeed vocal distractions of any kind--means it comes and goes without leaving any lasting impression. [May 2003, p.106]
  6. To the familiar, Robin Guthrie has already proven he's better than this; to the uninitiated, Imperial offers a muted exposition of his talents.
  7. 40
    Something of a let-down. [May 2003, p.98]

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