Russian Doll - Violet Indiana
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  • Summary: This is the second disc for the duo of Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and vocalist Siobhan de Mare (Mono).
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Russian Doll is defined by beautiful tones, imprecise boundaries, world-weary subject matter and a Phil Spectorian sheen that obscures as much as it illuminates.
  2. An inventive album whose impact is lessened by Guthrie's illustrious past. [Jun 2004, p.107]
  3. It does seem like a step backward for them, and it doesn't help that there aren't as many memorable songs here as there are on the debut.
  4. 60
    Quietly turn[s] into a rather good record as it goes along. [Jun 2004, p.116]
  5. 40
    Not that there isn't music on Russian Doll that's as lovely as any he's made, but it's brought crashing down to earth by deeply average singer Siobhan de Mare. [Jun 2004, p.86]
  6. The Cocteau Twins-lite feeling persists. [#7]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. fritzs
    Dec 7, 2004
    10
    I love siobhan in violet , but life in Mono is the best .
  2. Anandgyan
    Sep 29, 2005
    7
    Same mold, same old. Hardly any new twist, hardly any progression, the mellow gutar cathedral with the lonely voice gasping achingly still persists. If you could make love to the music of the Cocteau Twins, this is for pillow-talking with much smiling in the end. Expand