Best Cocteau Twins album

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I wanted to vote victorialand. I went with HOH in the end.

Trayce, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh don't get me started on the damn Echoes/Tiny Dynamine!

Why don't I pull that out right NOW?

Bimble, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also, Joe, if you had voted Moon & The Melodies the best Cocteaus release, I would have definitely wanted to chat with you before you did anything like that.

Bimble, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 02:14 (ten years ago) Permalink


f. hazel, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 05:06 (ten years ago) Permalink


poortheatre, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 05:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

I set the poll end date to May 10 which is way too far off, darnit. I'll have to remember to bump this later in the week.

Trayce, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 05:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

It'll give me time to listen to all my Cocteaus (and buy the ones I don't have!)

Curt1s Stephens, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 05:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Way to go Curtis!

I'm ashamed to admit that even though I pulled out Treasure (again), I still didn't play it yet. Time is needed.

Bimble, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 06:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'll send you some more stuff C.

Trayce, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 06:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for Milk + Kisses, or at least I think I did because it told me off for voting twice. I might have clicked twice by mistake. Anyhow - M&K is the best - beautifully layered sound ( as ever), Liz's best singing, at least 8 absolutely KILLER tracks, as opposed to a max of 4 or 5 on the other albums and great, great guitar sounds (the Jazzmaster on Serpentskirt for example). now, RG had sorted out a decent drum sound that didn't sound like a car door closing.(to be fair he'd probably sorted this by H&LV).

Pushing it close, but not that close, are H&LV, Bluebell and Garlands.

Dr.C, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 07:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

I have no idea whether to pick Treasure of Heaven & Las Vegas.

Scik Mouthy, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 08:12 (ten years ago) Permalink


Scik Mouthy, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 08:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sounds like a Cocteau Twins song title, that.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 08:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's Treasure or Heaven or Las Vegas for me too. Sod it I'll go for the latter.

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 08:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Treasure for the ubiquitous personal reasons.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 08:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

heaven or las vegas. i feel that they reached their peak with that one. it was the first one i listened to. in the beginning it didn't make sense but then i got totally overwhelmed by it. and it has a perfect flow. something which can't be said from most of their albums.

alex in mainhattan, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 09:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

victorialand because its pink cocaine candyfloss

600, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 09:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

It was a very close race between Treasure and Victorialands but my god, Victorialands is just in another world in every best possible way.

Masonic Boom, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 12:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

They're all splendid.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 12:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'll have to go with Blue Bell Knoll, since that was my introduction to the Cocteaus...(Sade was right: it's never as good as the first time)...

henry s, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 12:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bump. Why do things fall off new answers so fast.

Trayce, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 21:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

Display Name, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 22:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

1. Heaven or Las Vegas
2. Treasure
3. Four Calender Cafe

avonhun, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 22:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

Treasure, no question for me at all. And I like all of them!

sleeve, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 22:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Not familiar with more than a few. Out of those I have heard (mainly the most "canonical" ones), "Treasure" has been my favourite.

Geir Hongro, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 22:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

Really tough but Blue Bell Knoll just pips Treasure.

SeekAltRoute, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 11:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Treasure is so going to win, which for some reason disappoints me.

Trayce, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 12:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

It feels like the one album everyone knows or something?

Trayce, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 12:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

i voted heaven or las vegas (which to my ears is their most cohesive album, no big lulls in the play order and great songs all the way around)...personal favorites are head over heels and victorialand...and i could make a "best cocteaus album" case for anything excluding garlands and four calendar cafe, which are the dull spots in their impeccable discography for me

stephen, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 22:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think I'm actually more a fan of their EPs than their albums. But that's splitting hairs, as honestly I love about 95% of their output completely unconditionally.

Trayce, Thursday, 3 May 2007 00:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm w/ Trayce. HOLV and M&K are my favorite long-players, but if it's desert island thing, I'm bringing the EP box...

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 3 May 2007 01:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

I heart my EP box.

Trayce, Thursday, 3 May 2007 01:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Now that I've read the actual thread and see so many votes for Treasure, I wish I could change my vote to Head Over Heels, but too late...

Lostandfound, Thursday, 3 May 2007 02:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

I think I loved their EPs better, too. In another life I had them all on vinyl, and now that I know it exists I need to get a hold of that box set I think.

Lostandfound, Thursday, 3 May 2007 02:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bumpity boo.

Trayce, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 00:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was sort of over the Cocteaux sound about five years ago, but BBK completely reassigned my pop circuits when I was 20, so that's my vote. One day I'll buy it on DAT...

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 09:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wound up voting for Garlands, just because this poll ends tomorrow and I am in a Garlands mood right now. I would have voted for Echoes in a Shallow Bay in a heartbeat though!

Curt1s Stephens, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 21:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted for Milk & Kisses because I felt sorry for it.

HI DERE, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 21:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

Hahah Dan :) I feel sorry for Four Calendar Cafe! Has anyone voted for that?

Trayce, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 22:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

I really should do a Coc's ep/singles poll too. But then that still leaves out awesome songs like Millimillenary.

Trayce, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 22:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

RESULTS! As I expected, Treasure won by a mile. Actually the whole result was pretty obvious, and poor old Four-Calendar Cafe :(

Trayce, Thursday, 10 May 2007 05:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

summerhead dudes! :(

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dammit I was the only one who voted Moon and the Melodies.

Noodle Vague, Thursday, 10 May 2007 17:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

I know, I love Summerhead too Charlie!

Trayce, Friday, 11 May 2007 04:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

But - and it is one of the only CTs songs I'll say this about - I really dont like "Bluebeard" at all.

Trayce, Friday, 11 May 2007 04:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

head over heels WUZ ROBBED (maybe the only album of theirs besides the pink opaque that i consistently listen to the whole way through)

impudent harlot, Friday, 11 May 2007 06:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

lyrically, i like 'bluebeard'. but the song itself isn't fantastic.

interesting results, in any case.

Charlie Howard, Friday, 11 May 2007 08:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

Impudent: I voted for head over heels, and I am listening to it RIGHT NOW. Musette and Drums was basically my intro into this band, and it was the live version on the Tube, omg.

Theres something about Liz's performances that does my head in, she is all at once nervous and wired and controlled and powerful.

Trayce, Friday, 11 May 2007 16:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

I thought this poll was another lovely example of ILM. For OF COURSE TREASURE WINS and OF COURSE HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS WAS SECOND. FOR THAT IS THE WAY OF THE COCTEAUS AND I AGREE. *holds candle in reverence*

Bimble, Saturday, 12 May 2007 12:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i voted "heaven or las vegas" here but i listened to all songs today in a non-album kontext and the result was quite surprising. for each song there was only the option to either love it or not to love it.

1. 90% (9/10) four-calendar café
2. 88% (7/8) garlands
3. 80% (8/10) heaven or las vegas

the only album which nobody voted for in the poll is my favourite at the moment. very weird.

alex in mainhattan, Sunday, 19 April 2009 16:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

i forgot the others. also strange, the poll winner is my least favourite album by them:

4. 50% milk & kisses
5. 44% victorialand
6. 40% head over heels
7. 30% blue bell knoll
8. 25% the moon % the melodies
9. 20% treasure

alex in mainhattan, Sunday, 19 April 2009 16:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh my god, we're talking about Cocteaus on this board again? Please stop encouraging me! I don't know if I want to play Milk & Kisses or Blue Bell Knoll or Garlands or whatever the fuck. I really don't know.

Earl of Gothington Manor (Bimble), Sunday, 19 April 2009 16:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

My favourite is definitely Blue Bell Knoll for reasons outlined here:

yugi ex, Friday, 17 February 2012 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i really don't understand why nobody voted for four-calendar café. i still think it is their most consistent album. and it has one of their most amazing songs on it: theft, and wandering around lost.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 6 September 2013 19:14 (three years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

maybe it's just because it's the first one i heard way back when, but blue bell knoll is probably my favorite, just wall to wall classics. it's so cool how the cocteau twins have such artfully subtle sonic variations on each of their albums so that choosing a favorite is almost down to what specific texture grabs you the most on a particular day.. like different alloys or something.

brimstead, Monday, 7 July 2014 22:54 (two years ago) Permalink

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