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  • Vinyl
  • Label: VINYL180
  • ASIN: B003YWEW7I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,523,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Neil on 3 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
It seems funny but before this album the world had no sound like the cocteau twins - this album transformed the independent music landscape and created a new genre based on beautiful, ethereal soundscapes, backed by sinewy 3/4 drum patterns and haunting chiming guitar refrains. But that was only the start - Liz Fraser's gorgeous, haunting and evocative voice was the defining and compelling instrument which set the Cocteau's apart - at once melancholy yet uplifting, caressing yet plaintive, articulate yet mysterious - and above all simply the most beatiful voice you will ever hear. Influences from Bulgarian folk singers, Billie Holliday and even opera can be heard but nothing prepares you for it's sheer delight. This, the Cocteau's first album with their more accessible sound provides ten tracks which, in my opinion, represent the best of a long and very productive career. If you are new to the Twins it's the perfect start - despite being nearly 17 years old - if this is missing from you collection then - remedy that anomaly now. One of the best albums I have ever - and probably will ever hear - pure undiluted bliss. Enjoy
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Music Matt on 14 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
This review is the starting point of a journey to find my music and marks the start of a sporadic series of reviews to try and chart this journey and hopefully provide some pointers on the way. Not the first record I bought (anyone who says a record this good is the first record they bought is obviously a liar - mine... 'Remember your a Womble' aged 7) but the first record I bought that felt truly unique, that I felt was mine, and it instilled a need from thereon to find music that did the same.

I first saw the Cocteau Twins on The Tube perform what is still for me the defining track - 'Musette and Drums' and was awestruck. It sounded like music from another world - Liz's voice was becoming her own and Robin Guthrie was finding the sound that would become a cornerstone of my collection.

The nostalgic in me has given this album 5 stars, looking dispassionately at it now it is probably only a 4 star record, but to forget the passion I had then and still do (Lullabies to Violaine made sure of that - 'Sugar Hiccup' especially) would be to forget what made the Cocteau Twins then and now a special band. They would go on from here to make their masterpieces, for me Treasure and Victorialand plus the EPs in-between, but this is as much a landmark for me as for them and is essential.

From this point on the label 4ad could do little wrong - this was a period when you could buy a new 4ad release without even hearing it and be guaranteed something special (not only the record either, with Vaughan Oliver and 23 envelope producing some of the most beautiful artwork to grace a sleeve).
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
Surprised there are no reviews of this albumn already since in my opinion it is the very best example of the Cocteau's unique style. Incredibly spacey and atmospheric but also including what I can only describe as "cathedrals" of sound (Musette and Drums being in my all time top ten due to the power, drama and sheer ecstatic feeling of joy I still feel when listening to it; arms flailing around to the drum beats and "singing along" to the word sounds of Liz Fraser's vocals). Later Cocteau albumns became a little on the "twittery" side. This one comes from the heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marchespie on 2 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Cocteaus album I bought, albeit a couple of years after it was released. Every now and then (not all that often), John Peel would play a piece of music that I immediately liked and felt compelled to buy as soon as possible - and Musette and Drums sounded like nothing I had ever heard before. I had been vaguely aware of their existence prior to this through hearing (with bafflement) Pearly Dewdrops' Drops on the radio when it was a minor hit (peaking at 29, their biggest hit so my Guinness book sez). The cover art is gorgeous (so much more so in full-sized vinyl) and the plastic within did not disappoint. Few of their albums are as consistent as this from start to finish.

Opening track When Mother Was Moth sets the tone, with a slow drum machine drenched in improbable amounts of reverberation and Liz Frazer cooing strange nothings over the top. The effect is either magical (if you're a fan) or possibly very dated indeed if you're hearing it for the first time in 2009. In between this and the closing Musette and Drums is a sequence of often brilliant tunes. Some, like the single Sugar Hiccup are sedate and almost poppy, whilst the fabulously titled Glass Candle Grenades and Tinderbox of a Heart are of the more swirly and adventurous variety. There is not one duff track on the whole LP, and it all culminates in the simply incredible Musette and Drums. A looping, dramatic guitar phrase underpins one of Liz Frazer's strongest vocal performances on a killer melody. Robin Guthrie tops even this with a rare screaming guitar solo that sounds like nothing else I've ever heard before or since - barely a recognisably melodic note in it, yet full of intense drama, angst and melancholy. It still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
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