When I bought this at 18, on vinyl, I appreciated the vocal tracks, but the rest evaded me. Now, at 36, with 4 children, I fully understand the purpose this album holds. It's pure escape (not that I wish my life different, but you need time out). Low lights, headphones on, eyes closed and you can almost reach the world the Cocteaux inhabited. The aqueous piano of Harold Budd was an addenum to the atmosphere. 'Sea, swallow me' is the opener, and the only track I could fully recall, prior to CD re-purchase. But it still sounded as uplifting in my 2003 existence as it did in my 1986 one. As I let the tracks roll, they all came back to me. 'Memory Gongs' is pure self indulgence, while 'Why do you love me?' is aural water music. 'She will destroy you' has to rank along side the likes of 'Aikea-Guinea' in terms of brilliance, with an excellent vocal score by Liz. 'Bloody and blunt' is beautiful, but just doesn't last anywhere near long enough.
What I've found is that you have to give yourself entirely when listening to this album. Half measures will do it no justice.
Turn on, tune in, chill out.