on 22 January 2001
This CD is choc full of the sharp, etheral vocals of the exquisite Liz Fraser. The title track soars effortlessly into classic upbeat Cocteau, and is irresistable in trying to guess what the words are so you can sing along. "Those Eyes, That Mouth" and "Sigh's Smell Of Farewell" transcend their slower, lilting trademark sound, low on melody but high on effect. Unlike many EP's the best is saved for last as "Orange Appled" blasts it's way into classic status, with it's rolling drum and guitar intro sustained throughout, a belter of a chorus, and Liz of course maintaining that outstanding vocal range that lives forever. Ahead of it's time this sounds very fresh, despite being released over 14 years ago, and would not appear out of place on their "Heaven Or Las Vegas" album from 1990. Why this was not the lead track I do not know. People who are wary of the Cocteau Twins sound, and only know "Pearly Dewdrops' Drops" should check this CD out, it may take a newcomer a few listens, but I guarantee you'll be blasting this out of your window in no time, hoping that someone will pass, and say "that's so cool, where can I get a copy??"