The delayed follow-up to Songs in the Key of E, Timeless finally emerged on a new label, Diffusion, in 1994. Hamish Mackintosh here works with regular collaborators Robin Guthrie and Lincoln Fong, not to mention Elizabeth Frazer and a slew of other musicians. Both Guthrie and Frazer contribute their instantly recognizable selves to the great opening track "Butterfly Knife," a dreamy, swoony number with a hint of Arabic music to it, just enough, breaking into a fuller arrangement at points for extra punch. The other cuts provide their own highlights, including the soaring lead guitar figure and flange wash of "Shiva," and a surprising but not bad stab at Manchester baggy funk, "Candygram." The title track is perhaps the best of them all, haunting choir effects, piano, and more providing the bed for Mackintosh's serene, breathless vocal, literally sounding lost in space and time, beautifully so.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett