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Roulette Enhanced

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Air Kissing
  2. Busted
  3. Sundance
  4. Powder River
  5. Little Echo
  6. Angel
  7. Poison Gorgeous
  8. Hiding
  9. Rage Days
  10. Liar
  11. Feline Or Famine
  12. Killer Eyes

Product Details

  • 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: #171,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam Carroll on October 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie and vocalist Siobhan de Mare have teamed up to create Roulette, an album that, for the caliber of the people who made it, doesn't really impress me that much.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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. Violet Indiana teams Guthrie up with Siobhan de Mare, formerly of Mono. The result is a combination of elements from both of their previous projects. They do it well. An even newer element are legitimate lyrics, rather than murmurings and lyrical musings in Guthrie's prior history. Some fans want another Liz Fraser, and if that is the case, this record is not for you. But, if you loved Mono you will definitely love this record. Siobhan de Mare's vocals come out better in this project than when she was in Mono. And, her red hot seductive image really comes out in this recording. It's a very sexy record, the kind that should be played under a red light. The true victory is the final track, "Killer Eyes", which Guthrie rocks harder than he has in the past...P>The "Casino" compilation is a better release, but this is still a fine debut.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on June 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was quite interested in hearing what Mono's Siobhan De Mare and Cocteau Twins' Rubin Guthrie's new project Violet Indiana was like. Was it going to be a blatant [take on] of Mono or Cocteau Twins? Well, it turned out that "Roulette" sounded like neither. Violet Indiana is an entity of its own. I'll admit I wasn't sure what to make of "Roulette" while listening to the first track "Air Kissing". Luckily I had nothing to worry when "Air Kissing" segued into "Busted", the second track of the album. In the grand tradition of trip hop music, the music is light and airy with the delicate vocals of Siobhan De Mare. The music itself isn't really innovating to be honest but I enjoyed the duo's debut album.
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Format: Audio CD
While I only recently heard Robith Guthrie and Siobhan de Mare's Violet Indiana project for the first time, as a fan of Cocteau Twins I had been aware of the project for years and had seen some pretty vicious reviews. Some people seemed to take it pretty badly that Robin Guthrie would work with another vocalist after years of glorious collaboration with Elizabeth Fraser. For my part, I was happy that Robin kept working, as the last couple of Cocteau Twins records and his "Lumiere" tour showed that his guitar playing had reached a new clarity and fluency. I put on their first full-length album ROULETTE, released in 2001, and hoped to be impressed.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grimur Hjorleifsson on May 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I was not a big fan of Cocteau Twins. They sounded somehow... too weird. However, I always admired the guitar work so when I heard that the singer from Mono and Robin Guthrie had teamed up I got fairly excited. However, I was a bit unsure about their first EP. I'm pleased to say that the album is by far better than the EP. The most outstanding feature of the record is the guitar, reverb laden and smokey, along with brushed drums and De Mare's whispers and chants. This forms an atmosphere that would belong in Twin Peaks or something like that. Eerie, but at the same time overwhelmingly beautiful. However, in two or three tracks, they go a little out of their element with heavier drums and on the whole more pop elements than in the bulk of the record. But that's okay. Those songs are not bad, only they're not as brilliant as the others. On the whole, this record is not perfect. It has its flaws. But the majority of the songs are simply so amazing that mostly everything can be forgiven.
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