The 2nd Cocteau Twins album, 1983's 'Head Over Heels', loses the frantic, Souixsie &the Banshees a-like sounds of 'Garlands'. Now we have the more recognisable style, which has become synonymous with the 'Twins. A hard sound to define, try ethereal, try Elysian, try stunning lilting vocals laid over a sumptuous guitar based backing track. 'Head Over Heels' has the 'Twins as a self produced 2 piece, Robin Guthrie & Elizabeth Fraser. This album is quite hard edged for the Cocteau Twins, with strong guitars & heavy drum machine loops, the later albums are certainly more subtle. Yet the stronger tracks, Glass Candle Grenades or Musette & Drums as 2 examples, are as intricate & fragile as any later work. Standout tracks for me?. Well, In The Gold Dust Rush is simply sublime & From The Flagstones (part of the tagged on 'Sunburst & Snowblind e.p) has Liz on top vocal form. The Cocteau Twins are peerless; bands such as 'My Bloody Valentine' have nodded towards them, but ultimately fallen short. This maybe isn't the definitive Cocteau Twins l.p .Those wishing to find just a typical example should check out 1984's 'Treasure'. But for a one off 'Twins purchase or simply to own an album that still stands out for it's originality despite it's years you won't find better.