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Blue Bell Knoll
Genre: Alternative Rock
Featuring the ethereal vocals of Elizabeth Fraser, along with the progressive musicianship of multi-instrumentalist Robin Guthrie and bassist Simon Raymonde, Scotland's Cocteau Twins were one of the more prolific electro-p... more »
Featuring the ethereal vocals of Elizabeth Fraser, along with the progressive musicianship of multi-instrumentalist Robin Guthrie and bassist Simon Raymonde, Scotland's Cocteau Twins were one of the more prolific electro-pop ensembles to emerge during the 1980's. Robin Guthrie's shimmering guitar and keyboard sound is carefully exaggerated by the use of various studio accoutrement, particularly tape loops and drum machines. Elizabeth Fraser's shimmering voice is used to great effect on the title cut and other surreal compositions like "A Kissed Out Red Floatboat" and "For Phoebe's Still A Baby." Moderately enjoyable but only 35 minutes long, this is not a definitive recording by the Cocteau Twins. Anticipating the success of goth-pop peers Dead Can Dance, the band is still in decent form on Blue Bell Knoll. --Mitch Myers
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Dreamy, enchanting and like no one else.
spiral_mind | Pennsylvania | 10/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A blissful blend of charming hooks and warm instrumental ambience, the sound of the Cocteau Twins is as gorgeous as it is hard to describe. It sounds as if they mastered the art of crafting the perfect three-minute pop song, but forgot to add the cheap singalong lyrics that make pop songs so often disposable. The guitars and keyboards are like a sensual massage for the ears; Liz Fraser's voice shines with a rainbow of radiant colors all its own. Never mind that I've played this disc more dozens of times than I can count and I have yet to recognize a word in English. Her vocal musings are achingly sweet and as elusive as a fading dream. Just check her high fluttering through "Carolyn's Fingers" or that dreamy cooing through the uplifting chorus of "Cico Buff," to name two examples of many. Even with an occasional riff in a minor key, the feeling of sublime joy never really fades throughout this too-brief 35 minutes. It's like sliding into the most familiar, comfortable T-shirt you own.If any of that sounds like an exaggeration, you probably haven't heard the Twins weave their magic for yourself; pick up one of their albums and discover what you didn't know your life was missing. I suggest Heaven or Las Vegas, but it seems that everyone has a different favorite. In any case, I haven't heard one yet that wasn't worth its cost several times over. While this group was together, they were truly like no one else."
Best album of all time
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After carefull listen of everything the CT's ever put out, this is the album that shines above the rest, and in the musical universe as a whole, it is a solitary gem only accompanied by one or two similar gems (CT album Victorialand and Loveless by My Bloody Valentine).
The Cocteau Twins have a kind of special magic running through them that they are able to put into music, and on Blue Bell Knoll that magic is at its peak, totally non-commercial, geared purely I think at a kind of personal mystic sonic pleasure, it is a piece of fine art."