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Imaginary Friend

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 3 Feb. 2016
By Top Kat - Published on
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Freaky cool
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Friend Not Quite As Daring As Your Pal Lido 12 May 2010
By kabalabonga - Published on
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No one beats Tom Cullinan's ability to craft heavily distorted, track-at-the-end-of-the-release drones, with "Imaginary Friend"'s "Everything, All At Once, Forever" falling into an even more hypnotic, mantric groove than "Lido"'s "Spin 1/2", clocking in at well over twenty minutes, yet always shifting, almost imperceptibly, to avoid a hint of monotony.

However, the other tracks on "Imaginary Friend" don't possess the sense of variation, playfulness, and dynamic tension that made "Lido" such a compelling listen. This isn't to say that songs like "Kevin" "See-Saw", "Sparklingly Chime", or "Heart-Fog" are second-rate in composition or execution; they're just more restrained. There aren't any pin-your-ears back tunes like "Reptile Smile", "Love Song", or "Hippy Hole", propulsive cuts such as "This Time" or songs that contain the same powerfully organic flow as "Don't Jones Me". "A Word of Advice" (from "Lido") seems to be the blueprint for many of "Imaginary Friend"s tracks, with its angular lines alternating with a heavy droning fuzz.

So in the end, at the end, "Imaginary Friend" needed to have "Everything, All At Once, Forever" to remind us of the tension and power this band could harness. The CD is worth getting for this song alone, but don't get it just to listen to that track. Even a CD by Th' Faith Healers that slumps a little bit is more intriguing than anything you could have picked up by any of their contemporaries, and many of the bands working in drone music today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utter brilliance 4 Jun. 2001
By R. Ellenson - Published on
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Th' Faith Healers are perhaps the most brilliant band to emerge from the early 1990s North London indie/alternative scene. With an extremely tight focus, Tom Cullinan's guitars lines alternate from precise lines to noise outbursts, while Roxanne Stephen's vocals have an almost hypnotic quality to them.
Their second album, "Imaginary Friend", is a bit more mature and restrained than their first, "Lido". They use more subtle changes of quiet/loud elements and seem more focussed overall. This didn't keep them from closing the album with a 19-minute drone, "Everything, all at once forever", which just seems to endlessly repeat the same guitar riff without ever getting boring (it was voted the most popular song on th' Faith Healers fan web site).
One of the saddest days ever was when I heard that th' Healers split. Appreciate this album as a sign of their greatness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's just cool... 23 Aug. 1999
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Because of them, I made a trip from Far East to Europe. They're the best. And you have to hear them by yourselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 24 Jun. 2006
By A. Lowry - Published on
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Not as good as "Lido," but then, what is?

Not to be missed by any Faith Healers fan. If you're not already a fan, get "Lido."
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