Imperial Image

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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. 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. 'Imperial' is an evolving and ever-involving shard of artistry by a true original on his 'Victorialand'-era form nonetheless, and that's got to be cause for celebration.
  4. Under The Radar
    The tracks give the listener a greater appreciation for RObin's contribution to the Twins. [#5, p.106]
  5. Q Magazine
    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. Look, there's no question whatsoever that this is a well-put-together, carefully arranged and tastefully executed album created by a consummate craftsman. On the other hand, its palette (and, I fear, its audience) is limited to the placid and gently swaying.
  7. Uncut
    Something of a let-down. [May 2003, p.98]

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