- Audio CD (10 Sept. 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Import
- Label: Emd/Capitol
- ASIN: B000007R1O
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Victorialand Original recording reissued, Import
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From the first guitar note the music pulls you into a gorgeous aural bath. A gently strummed guitar drifts so elegantly from your speakers that it instantly slows you down to the album's unique pace and drags you deep into the soundscape that is slowly unfolding before you. After a minute a saxophone enters the fray with meditative phrases that just about manage to avoid evoking new age nightmares, before Guthrie's unmistakable chiming guitar makes a subdued entry. The music is so embracing you barely notice that nearly three minutes have elapsed before Fraser's incredible voice takes hold of proceedings and the song hits full stride.
Once you've been pulled in their is no escape. I cannot remember a time when I have consciously chosen to stop the album or just play the first track. The music drifts by at its own pace and it forces you to follow suit. Given how minimal the album is - being focused almost exclusively on Guthrie's guitar and Frasers's vocals, with only the occasional splash of percussion, sax or piano - it is remarkable how engaging a listening experience Victorialand actually is. It's just so warm and comforting it's as hard to leave as a warm bed on a cold early morning.
The album works beautifuly. It takes you to a special place and has a lovely fluidity about it.Read more ›
Here we find them at their dreamiest it is the perfect companion to the twinned EPs "Tiny Dynamine" and "Echoes in a Shallow Bay". This is from that period when the group was reduced to a duo of Frazer and Guthrie. It has a sparser sound than we are used to, and maybe takes a few more plays to really 'get'.
Victorialand is not, really, a full scale album. It is a mini album weighing in at just under 33 minutes. The original vynil version played at 45rpm. But those 33 minutes contain some of the best music for daydreaming ever written. The purity of sound makes it ideal for CD...
Buy it and prepare to lose yourself in reverie....
The lack of percussion and the sculptural booming bass lines means there is far more space and tracts of spatial calm Richard Thomas of Dif Juz fills in some of this with his woozy saxophone and Tablas but mostly it's the glistening guitar refrains of Robin Guthrie and of course the extraordinary voice of Elizabeth Fraser that give Victorialand it's exceptional ambience.
First track "Lazy Calm " glides the emollient saxophone over exquisitely plucked guitar notes and the serene vocals that twitter for the chorus of sorts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its hard to beat the high end parmaviolet blow humes of Fraser running aboot upside doon with chronic gust, wobbling daintey. Once in you never leave.. Read morePublished 8 days ago by pmc1970
I have to admit my embarrassment... Having just acquired this on vinyl, and not having heard it before, although being a big Cocteau fan - and owning the rest on vinyl already... Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2013 by Dr. Lee PhD
truly awesome! who needs a chill pill when you listen to this?Cocteau twins at their best!! excellent value<well worth a listenPublished on 24 Feb. 2013 by Mr. Kenneth A. Thomson
Again, for my hubby, arrived in a package with the others ordered at the same time, within three days. Im loving the tunes tooPublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by debs dee
Floaty, lovely, classic Cocteau Twins album.
Rediscovered after replacing an old cassette copy, and getting into all over again.
This is a wonderful little album that showcases the sound of a truly unique band indulging their weird side for all that it's worth. Read morePublished on 31 May 2010 by doctor pacman
I remember buying this album in June/July 1986 on vinyl and I still have it. This is absolutely superb, in fact I'm going to give it ten stars. Read morePublished on 21 April 2010 by Michael Mingins