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Old 05-11-2014, 02:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Heaven or Las Vegas is my favourite Cocteau Twins album but I love the otherworldly sound of Treasure as well (especially on vinyl). To me Heaven or Las Vegas has their most memorable songs, such as the title track, even though it's not as ethereal and experimental as previous albums.

I also think that Victorialand is their most overlooked album. The lack of drums gives their sound another quality that is hard to find elsewhere.
I can't believe I forgot Victorialand! Nicely done.
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Old 05-24-2014, 07:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Any fans of the band should also give Cranes a listen (if you haven't already).
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I second what JH said. Cranes are one of the definitive dream pop bands.
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Gone ahead and downloaded the Cranes discography. Really enjoyed Wings of Joy.

Treasure is probably my favourite Cocteau Twins album, along with Heaven or Las Vegas. I'll be giving Victorialand a listen later today.
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Garlands is my favorite. Kind of the black sheep in their discography, it's very dark and dissonant.

This track in particular:



I mean that bass, ****.
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To me it's definitely not their strongest album, and it's heavily in debt to Siouxsie and the Banshees, but I do like the dark gothic vibes of Garlands. I think a lot of this is due to their original bass player Will Heggie's playing style.

He went on to form Lowlife, who were another one of the links between gothic rock and shoegaze and are worth checking out.

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I've got a few Cocteau Twins albums and For me Treasure, and the compilation, The Pink Opaque, always make it out into the CD player. The Spangle Maker is brilliant, especially at the end when it all explodes. I like Ivo a lot too.
It can get bombastic after a while with all that '80's drum machine, but Liz Fraser's voice is dreamy!
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