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The Imperial

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The Imperial

Second full-length album from the Portland, Oregon country soul band led by Amy Boone and Richmond Fontaine's Willy Vlautin

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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    An extraordinary and beautiful album
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Boone's soulful presence in the Delines brings a different slant to Vlautin's characters, her voice transmitting something more hopeful and tender
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Boone's smoky vocals fit the desperation of Vlautin's mini-dramas perfectly, the band's country-soul swing evocatively solid. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Boone's rich, Rickie Lee Jones-meets-Chrissie Hynde voice is the careworn bedrock upon which these bruised, dynamics-rich songs depend. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Although the band's certainly keenly aware of how the classics were put together, The Imperial is far from a standard rulebook-revising nostalgia turn
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  6. 8.0 |   The FT

    These handsomely lit country-soul ballads are populated with distinctively American characters — blue-collar losers, dreamers, gamblers and drinkers
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