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The Pink Opaque
 
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The Pink Opaque

13 Jan. 1986 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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A real hotchpotch of a compilation, aimed at the US market, 'The Pink Opaque' nonetheless contains some of the key tracks in the Cocteaus' canon.

Completists will want it for 'Millimillenary', only otherwise available on an NME tape released in 1984. The album kicks off with 'The Spangle Maker' with its menacing bassline, thumping drums and distant, howling guitars - what an opener! The final minute of the song explodes in a wondrous avalanche of sound.

'Wax And Wane' has a more conventional, post-punk sound, clearly influenced by Siouxsie. It's still ace, mind. 'Hitherto' is also superb - a pounding stomper with Liz Frazer really belting out the vocal at full throttle.

'Pearly Dewdrops' Drops' was a minor hit in 1984. It's a heartstopping song, beautiful and translucent. 'From The Flagstones' (one of John Peel's favourites) features blissful swashes of sound and, rarely, real, discernible words throughout.

As magnificent as those two songs are though, they are eclipsed by 'Aikea-Guinea'. This song offers perhaps the purest distillation of the Cocteaus' magical essence. If you don't own it already, hunt down the 12" single version. The production is amazing: the song LEAPS from the speakers like nothing else recorded in the '80s.

'Lorelei' is a choice pick from the album 'Treasure', but just when you think things are petering out slightly with the so-so 'Pepper Tree', in crashes the mighty 'Musette And Drums.' I swear this song makes me SWEAT. At the end, the guitars sound like they're crying.

Later on in their career I thought the Cocteaus' music became too twittery and amorphous. 'The Pink Opaque' captures them perfectly in their imperial period.
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This is a bit of a singles type album and the tracks can be found else where on other Couteau Twins Albums/EPs but if you are a bit unsure which albums to buy. Then buy this one as it will give you a very good idea of their early sound. And to be honest there is not a bad Cocteau Twins album.
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