Michele Romero
January 30, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Prolific Glaswegian trio the Pastels trot out another avant lo-fi opus with Illumination. Several spins are needed to adapt to the weird off-key bellow of Stephen McRobbie and the tentative slur of Katrina Mitchell. The delicate free-form guitar noodlings (featuring guests from Teenage Fanclub and Luna) evolve into melodies that meander. One fears the whole delightfully complex composition could collapse at any moment. B+

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