Robin Guthrie ‎– Imperial

Bella Union ‎– BELLACD48
CD, Album, Digipak


1 Imperial 6:14
2 Freefall 6:08
3 Thunderbird Road 6:27
4 Tera 5:56
5 Crossing The Line 3:43
6 Into Stressa 3:56
7 Music For Labour 5:42
8 Falling From Grace 4:33
9 Elemental 5:23
10 Drift 4:31

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© Bella Union 2003
℗ Robin Guthrie 2003
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Made in the UK

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 033826 074424
  • Matrix / Runout: BELLACD 48 SP 24707 A
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI IL15
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L401

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BELLACD48P Robin Guthrie Imperial(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Bella Union BELLACD48P UK 2003 Sell This Version
BU 30017 Robin Guthrie Imperial(CD, Album) Naïve BU 30017 France 2003 Sell This Version


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January 7, 2017

Like instrument Cocteaus. Expanding on the formula and style established on Milk and Kisses, Guthrie captures the sensual "September Sounds" of his guitar 7 years later. A must buy for all fans of etherial music, dreampop, ambient, and 4AD's heyday from the '80s.


June 8, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Is it possible to have a singular Cocteau Twin? Well, Robin Guthrie manages to remind us that while Elisabeth Fraser's vocals were the most immediately memorable part of the band, his watery guitar work was no less integral. Here, on IMPERIAL, that guitar is isolated, drifting in the atmosphere like a lazy cloud. The title track grows subtly, like waves accumulating in strength. "Freefall" stays true to its name, with a progressively dreamy piano line. A shell of a beat gives "Tera" some grounding for the otherwise ethereal melody. And even as the guitar on "Music for Labour" loops around itself, it grows ornamentation and depth. "Elemental" has surprising warmth and simplicity, while "Drift" closes the album with an electric growl. Quietly beautiful.


January 2, 2004
Modern ambient masterpiece more in the vein of Brian Eno and Harold Budd than his prodigious work with Cocteau Twins. Singularly lovely and spare but with a depth and resonance most other artists can only hint at, this is considerably more interesting than his recent pop stylings in Violet Indiana, primarily because his guitar work needs no vocal accompaniment,
unless of course it is Elizabeth Fraser doing the singing.
How can you possibly top that? If they must be apart then by all means give us more of this, Mr. Guthrie.