― more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 4 August 2017 20:55 (ten months ago) Permalink
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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) Permalink
Another vote for Victorialand. Love the absence of drums
― Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:25 (nine months ago) Permalink
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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) Permalink
That sounds like 'I'm over my skeleton' to me.
― Your welcome. (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 11:22 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) Permalink
I would say the early Heggie stuff was easily the most muscular.
― Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 16:30 (seven months ago) Permalink
oh totally RAG, "blind dumb deaf"
― Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 23:03 (seven months ago) Permalink