Pretty disappointing tbh. I've heard them all so far in chronological order. Way to soft and "pop"-ish in comparison to their earlier albums, which I enjoyed more with the use of electronic sounds. I'd rather listen to the unpolished sounds of "Garlands" then this.
actually, not that anyone should pay more attention to Pitchfork than to other equally relevant sites.. but I guess I'm a sheep as well haha - so I will just say I disagree with the reviewer prefering HoLV over Blue Bell Knoll, to me they are cca equal, each album better in different ways
there are undoubtedly some of their very best and most passionate moments on this album - "carolyn's fingers", "a kissed out red floatboat" and "ella megalast burls forever" particularly are simply out of this world (the way they closed their albums was simply amazing)
If you are a Cocteau Twins lover, please also listen to Ummagma (heavily influenced by these beautiful Scots) at www.lastfm.com/music/Ummagma or FULL ALBUMS at http://ummagma.bandcamp.com - Good vibes to lovers who are seekers!
The best & most coherent work by the Cocteau Twins. It's my favourite of theirs. It's also one of the greatest albums ever. It never gets boring or stale, it sounds fresh with every listen. This is the Cocteau Twins at their peak.
I just listened to this album for the first time and the standout, without a doubt, is the first track, Blue Bell Knoll. I don't usually use beautiful to describe music but this has to be the only way I can describe it.
Blue bell knoll was grossly unappreciated commercially. It is however, a masterpiece, structured like treasure, regal as treasure, but in a different way. the main issue i have with this album is the first song also titled 'blue bell knoll' is my second favorite CT song, and the rest of it cannot compare such an outburst of beauty and death.