Review by Bruce Stringer
Continental is Robn Guthrie’s second solo album and is an almost conceptual blend of atmospherics and lush guitar sounds. In a manner like that of a science fiction movie soundtrack, Continental seems to be a progressive step away from the strict format of the Cocteau Twins song structure in a direction familiar to ‘soundscape’ artists. This all-instrumental album builds throughout the sequence of tracks making the song divisions almost obsolete. It is a unique way for the listener to be taken on a journey, which – by many accounts – could be considered that of a concept album.
Robin Guthrie seems to have created a great CD. The unfortunate thing is that so many people may miss out on it believing that it may be a pale representation of a Cocteau Twins album. What you get is a musical journey that would best be experienced in a total listening environment where one can take in the grand scope of what Guthrie has realized. He has produced an interesting piece of art that can be appreciated on many different levels and would suit (a) anybody interested in the Dave Gilmour school of sound, (b) anybody with a yearning for meaningful music, (c) every Cocteau Twins fan, and (d) anybody with a pair of ears!
Produced and written by that rarest of breed, the fabulous all rounder, there should be a spot in every Cocteau collection for this album and, if this is any indication of things to come, the next dozen by Guthrie. Beyond the obvious, this CD is of the highest production quality and is, well, damn near perfect.