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A review for people who've never heard Cocteau Twins before.
on 5 August 2004
I have no idea how to begin to explain this one...
A few years ago my then-girlfriend played me a track by the Cocteau Twins. She didn't tell me what it was called or what album it was on, but even though I only heard it once the bizarre haunting vocal line stayed with me. Four years later (about three months ago) I was flicking through the boxes at a cd fair and came across a cluster of Cocteau Twins albums and, on a whim, chose this one - hoping to find the track I'd heard. The song wasn't on here (if you're interested it was 'in the gold dust rush' from 'head over heels') but I haven't been so pleased with an impulse purchase in years.
There's very little point in me trying to describe what this album sounds like. Many have tried with varying degrees of success over the years. I don't want to just chuck in the words 'ethereal', 'haunting', 'other-worldly' which are staples used to describe pretty much anything more subtle than Jet these days. Let me put it simply...
This. album. is. wonderful.
It sounds like nothing I've heard before. The lyrics may be indecipherable but those strange syllables have been clinging to my ears ever since I first heard them. "peep-oh peach blow pandor pompador" - I don't know what it means but it's under my skin now and I don't think it's going anywhere.
Even aside from the vocals, which are the most immediately distinctive thing about this cd, the music is unique too. There are hints of My Bloody Valentine in the guitars, perhaps the jangle could bring you in mind of Felt, the keyboards and atmospherics can link to anything from Joy Division to Mogwai to Boards of Cananda but really comparisons are useless. This is unique and special. Only with repeated listening do you realise the sheer breadth of innovation on this record - I feel the urge to include the word 'Widescreen' at this point - the first time I heard it I think I was still recovering from the first track by the time it got to the end.
This isn't a very conventional review but that wasn't the point of it. I want you to buy this. I buy about 2 albums every week on average and I have done for years but the Cocteau Twins stood out so strongly that I was compelled to come and write an amazon review, and I don't write many.
I have fallen in love with this band to an almost embarrassing degree. I had a small tear in my eye on the way to work this morning with 'Heaven or Las Vegas' warming my ears, just because the music was so wonderful. As a deep-rooted cynic this does not happen to me often.
This is not a review, this is a plea - if you're considering investigating the Cocteau Twins then do. If you've never impulse-bought any cd before in your life then make it this one. The fact that you're even here reading this means you're probably not going to be disappointed.