- Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: Instinct Records
- ASIN: B00005BGK9
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Guthrie's trademark swirling, dreamy guitar work is here in full force, while de Mare's vocals are passionate and immediate. When the combination of the two works, it really works well, as on the loungey opening track, "Air Kissing," with its brushed drums and simple guitar, and "Busted," a track that really evokes memories of Cocteau Twins, complete with the trademark wall of shimmering guitar sound and multitracked vocals.
However, as the album progresses, it really doesn't live up to those opening tracks. De Mare performs these songs well for the most part (aside from one moment on "Angel" where she's horribly out of tune, but I think that's deliberate), but as the disc goes on, her lyrics become very clichéd, and her voice actually becomes a bit tiring to listen to. Guthrie, meanwhile, starts to sound pretty similar as well - his production doesn't vary much from track to track, and song 7, "Poison Gorgeous," sounds much the same as "Busted." Before the CD ends, it just sounds like the duo have run out of ideas. On the plus side, though, Roulette includes a bonus video of a song previously released on their Choke EP, "Purr La Perla." Both the video and song are excellent, and they make a worthwhile inclusion.
In the end, there's nothing really _bad_ about this CD. It's just not all that innovative, and gets very repetitive when sitting through all the tracks. Listen to just a few selections at once to get the most enjoyment out of this one.
Unfortunately, the guitar part is about the only good thing on this album, and it's often hard to enjoy Guthrie's talents when they are overlaid by vocals that are perhaps not dreadful, not incompatible with the clarity of the guitar. Siobhan de Mare sounds like she's in an opium trance, undoubtedly enjoying herself but unable to communicate anything more to the outside world than slurred lines and sighs. When the tracks are not grating, they generally still don't arise over forgettable pop.
Now, the album closer "Killer Eyes" is fantastic, possibly worth the price of the album. Here multiple layers of distorted guitar harken back to shoegazing, a flangy sound that Mare's breathy vocals accompany quite well. But it's quite hard for me to recommend this album, even to people who know these musicians' prior work. ROULETTE is a risk.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm an idiot. I loved the Mono of Siobhan de Maré and Martin Virgo. I wanted more / moar. So along comes Violet Indiana. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Uncle Bruce
For fans of the Cocteaux looking for a quick fix since this-greatest-of-all bands called it quits, this release may be a bit of a dissapointment. Read morePublished on October 21, 2003 by Amazon Customer
It's hard to accept that the Cocteau Twins are gone forever, and one would come to expect that if Robin Guthrie did something new, they would never accept it. Read morePublished on October 4, 2002
Of course it will be impossible for Robin Guthrie to ever live up to the albatross around his fleshy neck that is the grandeur of the Cocteau Twins. Read morePublished on February 28, 2002 by Scopo Philiac
A teaming-up of members of Cocteau Twins (Robin Guthrie) and Mono (Siobhan de Mare) sounded like something I would want to hear. Read morePublished on December 13, 2001
The trend towards trip-hop is an ever evolving genre led by those skillful masters - Massive Attack. Read morePublished on July 26, 2001 by Peter M
Siobhan de Mare(Mono) and Robin Guthrie(Cocteau Twins) combine their efforts in this new project, Violet Indiana, and the result is sensational! Read morePublished on July 10, 2001
this album grew on me. I downloaded songs on 'Choke' on ... and absolutely loved them. Initially I was disappointed when I listened to 'Roulette': it wasn't as edgy as the EP. Read morePublished on July 6, 2001 by kevin h.