Sunday, April 29, 2007

Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas

Decade - 1990's

Label - 4AD
Producer - Cocteau Twins
Country - UK
Genre - Dream Pop

1Cherry-Coloured Funk3:12
2Pitch the Baby3:16
3Iceblink Luck3:18
4Fifty-Fifty Clown3:15
5Heaven or Las Vegas4:56
6I Wear Your Ring3:40
8Wolf in the Breast3:32
9Road, River and Rail3:21
10Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires5:36

Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas (1990)

I'm a huge fan of the shoegaze genre, the early 90's British indie genre which was basically a merging of noise pop ( The Jesus & Mary Chain) with dream pop (The Cocteau Twins.). Shoegaze took the best aspects of both sounds and made it more whole for me, so while I do like The Cocteau Twins and their ethereal dream pop is pretty, it's just a bit too feather weight for me here.

Formed in Scotland in the late 70's, The Cocteau Twins actually became triplets when the Guitarist's girlfriend (Elizabeth Fraser) joined the mix with her pretty, emotionally textured vocals.

This is a good album, it just doesn't really excite me. I prefer the more urgent feel of shoegaze and so going back to this stripped back feel (which is unfair I know, as it came first) is hard. Lots of good things - lovely vocals, a great and intuitive tension built and released, and some tight songs that know where they are going, and go there well. A nice, cohesive, pretty dream pop album.

Score - 7.5/10

Recommended - Yes


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