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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most underrated Cocteau Twins album
I felt compelled to write a review to defend this album since many people are negative and dismissive about it. In contrast to these people I have always felt that "Garlands" was one of the Cocteau Twin's strongest releases.

I am immediately struck by the haunting atmosphere, the icy sounding guitars, the dark snake-like bass lines, the cold percussion and Liz...
Published on 8 Dec 2007 by Rev Q Sand

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3.0 out of 5 stars Grail Filling but not Quite Overfloweth
Garlands was the first album from Cocteau Twins and it is very much the sound of a band finding their feet. It is the only album with original bassist Will Heggie and his chugging basslines give the album a distinctive sound. Robin Guthrie, by his own admission, had no idea how a studio worked at the time, but was confident enough in his burgeoning ability to produce. The...
Published on 13 Nov 2005 by M. G. Pennington


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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first album (remastered), 31 Mar 2003
This review is from: Garlands (Audio CD)
Garlands was the first album released by the Cocteau Twins, in 1982. It's probably the most goth-like record they've made and it contains one of the most hypnotic bass-lines in history (the beginning of "Wax and Wane").You should notice that this CD contains the remastered original recording, which means that only the 8 tracks taken from the original LP are included here and that all the bonus-tracks you usually find have been removed. So you've got a shorter albumn with less tracks, but a better sound quality (due to the remastering).If you don't own Garlands I'd probably recommend you buy the old version if possible (it has been deleted by 4AD when this new version was released). If you already own it, it depends on how important you think sound quality is. As for me I probably won't hurry to buy it.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this CD captures dark and light of the 80's gothic phenomena, 13 Oct 2000
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from the begging this CD takes you on a tour of the psychedelic catherine wheel of angst and hope alternating dark and forbodding bass lines and guitar riffs with harmonies so complicated that they are constantly evolving into a melodic cacophony that soars into the light that gives hope, unlike any album before or since,it challenges the listener to drop all their preconceptions of what is melodic/musical/lyrical only to reinforce them again with the resulting harmony that pervades each track,this album is not for the weak hearted nor for those that enjoy experimental noise, a trully genreless album a must for any music lover,and essential to anybody that consider themselves beyond the mainstream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Sep 2014
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good album
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars First steps, 18 May 2003
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Listening to this, their 1982 debut album, it’s hard to believe that in the next couple of years the Cocteau Twins would create some of the most astonishing music that many of us have ever heard.
‘Garlands’ has the beginnings of the Cocteaus’ unique style - but it’s only half-formed, it’s all too restrained and self-conscious, and most of the songs are fairly forgettable. Some tracks such as ‘Shallow Then Halo’ and ‘The Hollow Men’ haven’t aged very well: the wobbly basslines and squishy synth-drum sound are relics of their era, and Robin Guthrie’s guitar work sounds like a slightly inferior imitation of what Keith Levene was doing on PiL’s ‘Metal Box’ three years earlier. Most of all, Liz Fraser’s vocals are just a bit too subdued on this album.
It does have its bright spots: on ‘Wax and Wane’ and ‘Dear Heart’ (the latter is part of a John Peel session from January 1983 which is included on the CD version of ‘Garlands’), there are signs of the more powerful, strident style that would come to its full fruition on the next album, the staggering ‘Head Over Heels’. For anyone who already has (and likes) their mid-80s work, it’s worth having this album, just to complete the picture. But most of ‘Garlands’ is the sound of a hugely talented band who haven’t quite found their way yet. To anyone who’s just starting to take an interest in them, I’d recommend starting with ‘Head Over Heels’ or ‘Treasure’.
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2 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy this one, 16 July 2009
This review is from: Garlands (Audio CD)
please dont buy this one-i have owned it and stopped playing it and wont ever own it or play this/it again-its far worse than anything else they have done and crude,and poorly written and very unpleasant to listen too-its far from a rubbish album-but so inferior to their vast catologue of perfect music that its simply not even worth owning-instead by their other 12 or so albums-it was their first and from 1982 and i began listening to them in 1983-by which time im sure they were ashamed of this album -but they had to learn to perfect their craft and learn to harness liz's voice and co-ordinate their song writing talents etc-anyway dont worry like i said there are about 12 other albums to buy -inc 3 double cds -and if u r that desperate to own everything i did there is a singles box collection -which is lovely and i own it-basically dont buy this one
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2 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 31 Dec 2003
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I'm an Aikea-Guinea era fan and this album does not make a great deal of sense to me at all.
It's really rather forgettable. For completists only, methinks.
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