Roman Roads IV-XI - Land Observations
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  • Summary: James Brooks formerly of Appliance releases his debut full-length solo project inspired by the ancient roads created in the United Kingdom during the Roman Empire.
  • Record Label: Mute US
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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  1. Jan 16, 2013
    80
    What James Brooks has accomplished as Land Observations should easily make Roman Roads IV - XI a record anyone in tune with the works of such new school guitar giants as Christian Fennesz and Dustin Wong must hear now.
  2. Jan 16, 2013
    80
    Each of the eight tracks fade into the distance, making for a hypnotic, haunting record, yet a highly individual and accomplished one too. [Oct 2012, p.95]
  3. Jan 16, 2013
    70
    Recorded in Berlin, the eight tracks here pay easy homage to their European forebears, but are unmistakably British in their overall sound and feel, nodding melodically to the traditional folk music of these isles, and existing at a slower pace, on a smaller scale, than the cross-continental constructions of Kraftwerk and company.
  4. Jan 16, 2013
    60
    It's a fine album, but after each listen I find myself wishing a little more had happened, that more of the human behind it all might shine through in unexpected ways.
  5. Jan 16, 2013
    60
    [The album] is a thing of unstated, fragile beauty. [Oct 2012, p.104]