Best Cocteau Twins album

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed
Not all messages are displayed: show all messages (121 of them)

Treasure

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 4 August 2017 20:55 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Just listened to Garlands, Head Over Heels and Treasure back to back, which I've never done before. It's been many years since I heard these:

Garlands is genuinely unsettling, I still love the dark vibe. It's always been it's own thing.
Head Over Heels is more of a mixed bag than I remembered, the second half really pales in comparison to the first. It's transitional nature is apparent, it retains some of the early darkness while the better tracks let the light in.
Treasure is glorious in its fullness, they've arrived at their signature sound and it all works, even the drum machine.

I think I'll spin the next three in a row now.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 26 August 2017 23:22 (one year ago) Permalink

One of the most consistent bands of the 80s.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Saturday, 26 August 2017 23:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I was one of the Victorialand votes - some of that has to do with how left-field a move it seemed at the time; in my peer group, the Cocteau Twins, from the EPs through Treasure, had rapidly become the "everybody agrees this band is awesome" band -- I remember specific parties with Aikea-Guinea playing on the stereo, the sound stapling itself permanently to the moment & the era. It felt like music that would bind us in the coming years. Victorialand was the first one to come out the year after I graduated high school, and I bought it fresh off the rack -- I knew I had to hear it. To get it home and hear that they'd jettisoned the propulsive, driving percussive sound that informed so much of their preceding year-plus: it felt SO brave & nervy, so confident -- I listened to that album every day for a long time in '86. Get stoned, listen to Victorialand. Feel like committing suicide, listen to Victorialand. Wonder if there's any real future, listen to Victorialand.

It was the perfect album for that time & for me then, it was a world into which I could grant myself entrance where things were beautiful and safe but not so safe that deep sadness and longing weren't also there.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Sunday, 27 August 2017 00:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Victorialand is my favorite, as well.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Sunday, 27 August 2017 00:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Head Over Heels is more of a mixed bag than I remembered, the second half really pales in comparison to the first.

I mean, the second half contains "In The Gold Dust Rush", "The Tinderbox (Of a Heart)", and "Musette and Drums" which are three of my favorite CT songs ever, though I agree "Multifoiled" and "My Love Paramour" aren't as strong.
I always thought "Multifoiled" sounded like Siouxsie's "Cocoon" from the year before. And there's also The Cure's "Speak My Language" that came out around the same time.

LeRooLeRoo, Sunday, 27 August 2017 00:57 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm with you on "Musette And Drums", an excellent closer, but the others don't do it for me like "When Mama Was Moth" or "Sugar Hiccup". I'm hardly saying they're bad but there's a noticeable drop-off in quality for me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 27 August 2017 01:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Another vote for Victorialand. Love the absence of drums

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:25 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

moon and melodies is super underrated. in time tho my heart is with heaven or las vegas, which is probably their most perfect distilled dream pop statement - never fails to brighten up any day

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 05:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Feel you on M+M. 'Why Do You Love Me' is one of my all-time favorite instrumentals.

Your welcome. (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 06:12 (one year ago) Permalink

It's funny to see old threads like this revived... apparently, I was "over the Cocteaus" in about 2002. Well, they came back. I've been listening to them a lot in the last 2-3 years.

And it's still BBK.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 10:29 (one year ago) Permalink

That sounds like 'I'm over my skeleton' to me.

Your welcome. (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 11:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Not a big fan despite loving all the other usual suspects from that scene/era, and only heard half of these I think, but Heaven or Las Vegas would be the easy choice for me. More muscular and groovy than all the other stuff I heard.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 11:52 (one year ago) Permalink

I would say the early Heggie stuff was easily the most muscular.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:30 (one year ago) Permalink

oh totally RAG, "blind dumb deaf"

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 23:03 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

It's Victorialand but HoLV is stiff competition.

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Thursday, 30 August 2018 21:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Its nice to see my few old polls I ever did on ILM bobbing back up now and then!

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 06:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Heaven for me but Victorialand is close.

yes, said (Ross), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 16:50 (three months ago) Permalink

those two records are always doing battle in my head. depressive me says victorialand, the me that loves great pop says holv

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 17:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Victorialand always.

jmm, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 17:06 (three months ago) Permalink

BBK forever but I did listen to Head Over Heels for the first time in a few years on a solo wander around Epping Forest, after a lunchtime pint, and it was glorious!

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 21:17 (three months ago) Permalink

They were always one of those bands where I'd change my mind on which my favourite album was. I think Head Over Heels was my favourite when I first got into them. Heaven Or Las Vegas is far ahead of the others these days. Victorialand in second place.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 21:21 (three months ago) Permalink

I think I'd forgotten how cavernous and teenage-intense HoH is; some of Liz's most memorable pre-conlang lyrics too - "There’s only a hair’s breadth between us/Askew as we are", "Paramour/ooze out and away onehow", "In the gold dust rush I only genuflect". No wonder her and Ian McC were such good mates. Sing nonsense as if your life depends on it.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 22:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Genuflect is a very bunnymen word, yes. In fact I was after another use of genuflect to complete a trilogy and this will do nicely.

(Ultra Vivid Scene being the other, shut your eyes and genuflect, the avenging angel comes.)

koogs, Tuesday, 4 September 2018 22:33 (three months ago) Permalink

there's also 23 years too late by wire from read and burn 3

com rad erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:45 (three months ago) Permalink

ugh

Elizabeth Fraser, the other worldly voice of Cocteau Twins performed a rare gig in London on Monday night. Fraser has been elusive these days, having only performed live a handful of times since the band’s demise over 20 years ago.

http://www.post-punk.com/cocteau-twins-elizabeth-fraser-makes-a-rare-live-performance-in-london/

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 02:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Society of the Golden Slippers
Like This Page · 19 hrs ·

So, last night we hosted a rare performance from the glorious Liz Fraser who was joined by John Grant for a song. What a privilege! We still can't quite believe it happened! Huge thanks to Elena Tonra (Daughter) and Julia Biel for their gorgeous opening sets. What a night! — with Caroline Cremin.

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 02:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Did it actually happen? Yes it did. Liz Fraser and John Grant joined us in our intimate salon and sang us to heaven. pic.twitter.com/CIGxne9214

— Golden Slippers (@GoldenSlippers7) September 4, 2018

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 02:06 (three months ago) Permalink

HOLV seems to be the consensus pick these days, and would probably win if this poll were run again. I dunno, I still think Treasure is their defining moment – the apex of their early pre-Raphaelite leanings.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 09:36 (three months ago) Permalink

To me it's always felt HOLV was the consensus pick?

It will never not be Blue Bell Knoll for me, but any of the others can give it a run for its money on a suitable day. Currently rediscovering Victorialand for the tenth time.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 09:44 (three months ago) Permalink


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.