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  • Summary: Johnny Jewel was working on the Drive soundtrack while recording this album with Nat Walker of Desire as Symmetry.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 8, 2012
    Like the phantom motion you feel laying in bed after long hours in transit, Themes for an Imaginary Film is bound to stick with you, drawing you in deeper with each turn of the ignition.
  2. The only caveat to Themes is that its stark cohesion demands a single two hour sit-through to soak in the weight of its patient, holistic, slowly-unfolding approach.
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    Whether you treat it as background music, incidental listening, or a two-hour magnum opus, Themes for an Imaginary Film is a well-rounded portrait of a key figure in the American electronic music landscape.
  4. Mar 26, 2012
    At two hours, it's a lot to stomach, but worth staying for the closing "Streets Of Fire," a love song that trickles tears over the end credits. [Apr 2012, p.87]
  5. Feb 8, 2012
    With only the occasional deviation into science fiction filler, Themes for an Imaginary Film is an album to strut to.
  6. Feb 8, 2012
    The musical motifs get a bit redundant, but its stylish minimalism brims with drama.
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  1. Apr 10, 2012
    Johnny Jewel and Chromatics are the most important band and muscian in the world today and combined with the whole Drive-noir aesthetic a perfect replacement for the kings of the last decade - James Murphy/LCD Soundsystem/DFA. There should be a DVD re-release of Drive to give the option of flicking between the two excellent sountracks for this movie. I love how this music and that of Chromatics is half icy artifice, half fragile humanity. Is anybody, even M83, so ambitious/deluded as to release a two-hour album and a couple of months later release another album 92 minutes long - thats about the next 27 Strokes albums in a quarter of a year. This is low-key fabulous but the Chromatics full just released Kill For Love is even better. Expand