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Casino [Enhanced]

Violet IndianaAudio CD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Instinct Records
  • ASIN: B00005UF2H
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jailbird
2. Bang Bang
3. Purr La Perla
4. Silent
5. Storm
6. Sky
7. Safe Word
8. Ne Me Quitte Pas
9. Poppy
10. Torn Up
11. Heaven
12. Chapter Three

Editorial Reviews

Casino blends the ethereality of '80s Cocteau Twins with the funky gloom of '90s trip-hop, so it should come as no surprise that Violet Indiana's lineup is composed of ex-Cocteau Twins frontman Robin Guthrie and former Mono vocalist Siobhan De Mare. Both Guthrie and trip-hop tend to favor darkly romantic lyrics, lush textures, slow-to-medium tempos, and highly stylized female vocals. Guthrie's once innovative and influential guitar sound is the central musical element on this album, a collection of previously released material plus three unreleased tracks. His chorus/delay/reverb-drenched guitar floods the sonic spectrum with shimmery, almost aquatic, tones. De Mare's singing takes on many forms: she's sassy on "Bang Bang," wispy on "Poppy," and unabashedly dramatic on "Chapter Three." Unfortunately, Casino sounds a tad stale; it's a slightly updated, watered-down version of musical styles that were once quite striking. But Cocteau Twins devotees and trip-hop fans should like it just fine. --Fred Cisterna

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It just doesn't sound right. July 25, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
On paper this CD looks like a can't miss. But while Siobhan De Mare's vocals were perfectly matched to the retro trip-hop of Mono's "Formica Blues", they sound strangely awkward here. Robin Guthrie's music is pure Cocteau Twins, and maybe that's part of the problem. After the first few notes you just can't wait to here Elizabeth Fraser's unique brand of gibberish floating dreamily over the ambient waves. But here, de Mare attacks and ultimately overwhelms the songs. It's grating to the ears and sadly unenjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Singles and Bonus Tracks Collection February 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Siobhan de Maré (Mono) and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) present the companion piece to their acclaimed ROULETTE release, CASINO. Collecting Singles and limited release EPs, CASINO contains the tracks Purr la Perla, Silent and Torn Up from the Choke EP, Storm and Safe Word (which were bonus tracks from the Killer Eyes CD Single), and the tracks Jailbird, Sky, Poppy and Chapter Three, which are from the Special EP. Also included are 3 previously unreleased tracks, Bang Bang, Heaven, and a glowing cover of the Jacques Brel song Ne Me Quitte Pas. As an extra treat, the rather violent video for Killer Eyes is also included.
Basically, this is more of the same lush and lustful, French infused pop that you heard on ROULETTE. Siobhan's vocals dance lightly over Robin's layered soundscapes, accompanying one another with perfect ease. Even if you already have the other singles and EPs, you'll want this for the bonus tracks, which are all very satisfying.
Trés bon! Highly recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red hot. October 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Not necessarily an LP, this is a compilation of EP songs, put together on one record. All the songs are pure gems, and I believe that the songs should have been released as an LP in the first place. Just like "Roulette", this record is best under a red light.
It's not the Cocteau Twins. But, it's [darn] good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear October 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Let's get this on the table: I'm a huge fan of the Cocteau Twins. The crazy kind that will bid for Cocteau Twins items on e-Bay. It was the first Violet Indiana CD I had ever bought and all I wanted to do was like it. I didn't have to love it and I certainly wasn't expecting Cocteau Twins quality. I knew it wasn't the Twins but I was willing to be open minded and give it a shot.

This CD is abysmal. It's more abysmal and even cloying after several listens. Siobhan de Mare's voice is pretty enough but had literally no dynamic quality to it. Awful, simply awful. I had purchased an iPod and was burning CDs to my library and could not bring myself to burn this one. Robin Guthrie writes arrangements in such interesting and dynamic ways and Siobhan's voice simply doesn't fit. She is in way over her head here showing little ability or artistry whatsoever. Who knows what Mr. Guthrie was thinking when he decided to collaborate with Siobhan. Her voice and his music simply do not go together.
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