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Victorialand Original recording reissued, Import

4.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lazy Calm
  2. Fluffy Tufts
  3. Throughout The Dark Months Of April And May
  4. Whales Tails
  5. Oomingmak
  6. Little Spacey
  7. Feet-Like Fins
  8. How To Bring A Blush To The Snow
  9. The Thinner The Air

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
I cannot rate this album higher, nobody has done a soundscape that compares... For me there has never been a singer that tops Liz Fraser for pure out-of-this-worldiness when it comes to alien-speak. The voice of an angel? Do me a favour and don't seek any words, there aren't any, but that's the beauty... No message. Listening to Oomingmak, I am reminded of driving across Ireland to my homeland of Co Mayo, it makes me picture a Mintsrel's Gallery in a huge vaulted cathedral.. Hearing The Thiner The Air and I wonder if there was ever an operatic singer to better Miss Fraser, for someone who claims to have never had any formal training, it's an inspiration to us all. Everyone should hear this album, it is glorious in every sense of the word. This album has stayed with me since it's release, and will forever and ever amen. I want to buy a copy for everyone I know, just so they can experience what I have known.. How's that for a recommendation?
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By A Customer on 12 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion by far and away the best of the Cocteau Twin's albums. I prefer 'Otherness' and 'The Moon and the Melodies' but the former is only an e.p and the latter a collaboration listed as the work of Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde and Harold Budd, not the Cocteau's.
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.
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Victorialand is very much a product of CTs etherial phase. Gentle guitar figures, few if any drums, and Frazer's angelic tones. Maybe not the obvious choice to introduce yourself to the band (you would be better off with "Heaven or Las Vegas", "Blue Bell Knoll" or even "Treasure" for that matter).
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....
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Speaking as someone who would have crawled across broken glass using my tongue as a propeller just to hear a new Cocteau Twins album I was a bit disappointed when I first heard Victorialand. It lacks the epic peaks and troughs of their previous album, the magnificent Treasure and indeed the three E.P,s released between Treasure and this album Aikea-Guinea, Tiny Dynamine / Echoes in a Shallow Bay. With bassist Simon Raymonde off recording on This Mortal Coil's Filigree & Shadow and the faithful old drum machine sat in the corner gathering dust Victorialand is a lighter airier album than previous efforts. It lacks the incandescent glories of their best work but once you get used to the fact that you are listening to a calmer( lazy calmer?) and more reflective work than the giddy extraterrestrial pop of old you realise this is an extraordinarily beautiful album .
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.
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