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Violet Indiana, Casino

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1663246

Disk length: 41m 37s (12 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 2002

Label: Unknown

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“Casino” Tracks & Durations

1. Jailbird 4:28
2. Bang bang 3:16
3. Purr la perla 2:51
4. Silent 3:25
5. Storm 3:47
6. Sky 3:14
7. Safe word 3:23
8. Ne me quitte pas 3:46
9. Poppy 3:09
10. Torn up 2:52
11. Heaven 2:35
12. Chapter three 4:43

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Review

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