Illumination

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Illumination finds the Pastels in a similar mood to its predecessor, Mobile Safari. Scaling back the snappy production and crisp guitars of their earlier releases, the group crafts a collection of subdued, lovely melodies in the vein of the Velvet Underground's third album. While the Pastels lack Lou Reed's lyricism or the Velvets' assured experimentalism, the hushed ambience and sighing melodies of Illumination make it a charming listen.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Illumination finds the Pastels in a similar mood to its predecessor, Mobile Safari. Scaling back the snappy production and crisp guitars of their earlier releases, the group crafts a collection of subdued, lovely melodies in the vein of the Velvet Underground's third album. While the Pastels lack Lou Reed's lyricism or the Velvets' assured experimentalism, the hushed ambience and sighing melodies of Illumination make it a charming listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/1997
  • Label: Up.
  • UPC: 796818004124
  • Catalog Number: 41
  • Sales rank: 56,123

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hits Hurt (3:48)
  2. 2 Cycle (4:33)
  3. 3 Thomson Colour (1:43)
  4. 4 Unfair Kind of Fame (4:21)
  5. 5 Fragile Gang (2:39)
  6. 6 The Viaduct (5:08)
  7. 7 Remote Climbs (2:46)
  8. 8 Rough Riders (4:31)
  9. 9 On the Way (3:38)
  10. 10 Leaving This Island (2:31)
  11. 11 G12 Nights (1:12)
  12. 12 Attic Plan (4:22)
  13. 13 Mechanised (1:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pastels Primary Artist
Aggi Wright Bass, Vocals, Melodica
Gerard Love Guitar
Stephen Pastel Guitar, Vocals
Dean Wareham Guitar, Vocals
Bill Wells Piano
Gregor Reid Percussion
Isobel Campbell Cello
Jonathan Kilgour Guitar
Norman Blake Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Rooke Mastering
Ian Carmichael Producer
Bill Wells Arranger
Gregor Reid Producer, Engineer
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