A timeless classic that was miles ahead of its time. This album is so essential and I play it so much over the years that I've already gone through 3 copies of it. Like the previous comment suggested, this is the voices of angels singing from heaven. You'll never hear anything so hauntingly beautiful. Reply Notify me 2 Helpful. JeanMarcD August 9, Report. What does delight sounds like? How do angels sing?
What do sirens whisper in your ear? Infinite beauty built for eternity. Just Elizabeth and Robin playing with more accoustic treatments of their sound. A short sweet perfumed arc of an album, and probably the most frail and delicate sounding I mean that in a good sense album of the cocteau twins. Cocteau Twins were a Scottish rock band active from to They were formed in Grangemouth by Robin Guthrie guitars, drum machine and Will Heggie bass , adding Elizabeth Fraser vocals in and replacing Heggie with multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde in The group has earned critical praise for their distinctive ethereal sound and the soprano vocals of Fraser, whose lyrics often abandon recognisable language.
After signing with the British record label 4AD in , the band released their debut album Garlands later that year,  "mixing strong Siouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Division influences" as the British press promoted it at the time. Raymonde temporarily left the band during the recording of their fourth album, Victorialand. After the release of their most critically acclaimed album, Heaven or Las Vegas , the band left 4AD for Fontana Records , where they released their final two albums.
After nearly 20 years together, the band disbanded in in part due to issues stemming from the disintegration of Fraser and Guthrie's romantic relationship. In , the band announced that they would reunite to headline Coachella and embark on a world tour but the reunion was cancelled a month later after Fraser refused to perform on stage with Guthrie.
Guthrie and Heggie, both from Grangemouth , Scotland, formed the band in Cocteau Twins' sound on their first three recordings relied on the combination of Heggie's rhythmic basslines, Guthrie's minimalist guitar melodies, and Fraser's voice. The band's next full-length LP record , Head over Heels , relied solely on the latter two, following Heggie's amicable departure after the tour that followed the release of Peppermint Pig he would later join Lowlife.
Somehow she's found a voice that falls completely outside 'Rock' or 'Pop'. Despite appearing under the This Mortal Coil name, the cover has subsequently become one of the best-known Cocteau Twins tracks: in , Dawn French selected "Song to the Siren" on Desert Island Discs as, in her words, "The song that made me fall in love again".
With Raymonde, the band released a series of critically acclaimed albums and EPs that explored their new style. Raymonde, who was called in to work on the second album by This Mortal Coil, did not participate in the recording of the fourth Cocteau Twins LP, Victorialand , a predominantly acoustic record which featured only Guthrie and Fraser. Raymonde returned to the group for The Moon and the Melodies , a collaboration with ambient composer Harold Budd ,  which was not released under the Cocteau Twins name.
To commemorate the event, the compilation The Pink Opaque was released as a way of introducing the new, broader audience to the band's back catalogue. While remaining a 4AD band internationally, Cocteau Twins finally signed a major-label contract with Capitol Records in for distribution in the United States, and released their fifth album, Blue Bell Knoll , in September of that year.
The group released Heaven or Las Vegas in late The result being distortion throughout, not at all desirable on a quiet record like this. A great shame because Victorialand is a fantastic record. My copy of this is a bit noisey, with distortion on B2, but otherwise rather pleased to just actually have a copy.
Packaging is very nice. Have: Want: Avg Rating: 4. LP's by djtroll. Contributors globalgroove. Now that's some mighty fine compression. I guess silence compresses well.
Last edited: Mar 20, They have requested a "redelivery from the record label". Dave likes this. Anybody here experienced Victorialand reissue? Can you please share your thoughts? Thanks in advance!
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