Blue Bell Knoll

Label
4AD
Release date
1988
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
46:23

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    Track     Duration Listeners
3 Carolyn's Fingers 3:08 42,457
A Kissed Out Red Floatboat 4:10 28,119
Spooning Good Singing Gum 3:53 26,505
Suckling the Mender 3:36 27,496
Cico Buff 3:49 36,031
The Itchy Glowbo Blow 3:18 30,044
For Phoebe Still a Baby 3:16 30,461
Athol-Brose 2:59 31,334
Blue Bell Knoll 3:24 42,264
a kissed out red floatboat 4:10 1,206
blue bell knoll 3:25 1,112
Ella Megalast Burls Forever 3:37 26,372
elle megalast burls forever 3:38 988

About this album

Blue Bell Knoll (1988) is the fifth album by Scottish band Cocteau Twins.
This was the first LP by the Twins to receive major-label distribution in the USA, as it was originally licensed by Capitol Records from 4AD for North American release. After a period of being out of print while 4AD reclaimed the American distribution rights for their back catalog, this (along with much of the band’s 4AD material) was remastered by Robin Guthrie and re-issued in 2003. The album shares its name with a peak in southern Utah, Bluebell Knoll.

Blue Bell Knoll was listed by Pitchfork Media as the 81st best album of the 1980s, describing it as a return to the band’s ethereal style explored on Treasure. It was also appraised as “everything that atmospheric music should be and usually isn’t.” NME also viewed Blue Bell Knoll positively, placing it at #33 in Albums of the Year 1988 while Melody Maker placed it at #6 in their Albums of the Year 1988.
A less favourable response came from Robert Christgau, who criticized the “momentary momentum” of the record’s guitar-playing, and highlighted its supposedly boring nature: “Ever hear the one about being so open-minded that when you lay down to sleep your brains fall out?” Allmusic reviewer Ned Raggett awarded the album three out of five stars, saying that “Blue Bell Knoll has some striking moments that are pure Cocteaus at their best” and citing the opening track “Blue Bell Knoll”, “For Phoebe Still a Baby”, and the U.S.

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  • althefknamsrtkn

    Probably better than Treasure and HoLV

    3 Mar 11:26am Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    One of the greatest albums of the 80's, perhaps of all time. Liz's vocals are unbelievable. CT's finest moment.

    1 Mar 2:54am Reply
  • spreadblood4

    word. the correct artwork. still magic in every line, every note, every sound.

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • meta-l

    yodelgaze

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gimgooe

    carefully but easily became my favorite album

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Fionajl

    This album can sound like cold, melancholia for one person, and happiness/bliss for another. That's genius, imo.

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • strom-z

    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)

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ummagma

    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!

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    Cold, melancholic beauty in musical form

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • dI-__-Ib

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • latinsaviour

    only recently got into this album and i can't stop listening to it. i'd love to hear their other ones but it's just so fucking great.

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • niqart

    Now I can say that it`s their BEST WORK musically. Very beautiful flying free melodies

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    so sweet and their names are it....t7b

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • jodidianna3

    Saw them in Detroit back in the '90's and it was incredible!!! I'm so glad I was able to catch their performance...

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • Dachink

    one of the best albums of all time.

    21 Feb 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    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.

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mk741

    Another wonderful Cocteau release.

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • micahnewman

    My favorite album by my favorite band. And my favorite album. And the remaster is quite worthwhile.

    24 Feb 2011 Reply
  • nemu_no_mune

    Played this for some friends while they were playing Super Ghosts and Ghouls. They agreed it would make a great alternate soundtrack.

    6 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Skinnyfoureyes

    Having access to the Cocteau Twins with out having crank up the Gramophone and get out 33's is rather wonderful!

    29 Jan 2011 Reply
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