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Milk & Kisses

Cocteau Twins

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Album Review

Throughout the '80s, Cocteau Twins created some of the most beautiful and innovative music of the decade. Liz Fraser's uncanny, gossamer voice and Robin Guthrie's shimmery guitar work both garnered acclaim and inspired bands. Milk & Kisses finds the band in a comfortable rut; they've created, and now perfected, a style of music so distinctive that there seems to be little recent creative growth. The result is a beautiful, lush, but somewhat dated and unengaging sounding album that tends to wash over the listener without making any real impact. It is, however, everything that a Cocteau Twins album promises; hypnotic, dreamy, awash in ethereal voices, and delicate, liquid guitars. "Tishbite" in particular delivers an accessible dream pop sound that sounds nice while it's playing but fails to have anything really memorable about it, a problem that plagues most of Milk & Kisses. "Half-Gifts," "Rilkean Heart," and "Treasure Hiding" have an airy, otherwordly prettiness to them — but that's about it. Necessary for Cocteau Twins diehards and potentially interesting to those that have never heard the band before, Milk & Kisses says nothing, but says it beautifully.

Customer Reviews

A great swansong

It's perfectly believable that Robin Guthrie & Liz Fraser were breaking up when this album was made: despite its beauty there's real sadness lurking around: the final two tracks in particular have almost heart-breaking moments. "Ups" also shows Liz's vocal gymnastics at their best. Here's a band who spent about 15 years making 8 or 9 albums, almost every one of them (including this) a classic - buy it!

Etheral Magic

This final full-length offering from the Cocteau Twins finds them at the peak of their prowess. If you had to begin your Twins adventure with one album, this last release might just be the best introduction you'll get. Sweeping, lush melodic soundscapes will take your mind to a much clamer place. Stand out tracks: Tishbite, Rilkean Heart and Seekers Who are Lovers will make your purchase worthwhile. With Fraser's ghostly voice is challenged in this work and Guthrie's guitar work is very impressive. Look no further, discovering the Cocteau Twins today will make you realise you've not heard real music yet... .


Formed: 1979 in Grangemouth, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A group whose distinctly ethereal and gossamer sound virtually defined the enigmatic image of the record label 4AD, Cocteau Twins were founded in Grangemouth, Scotland, in 1979. Taking their name from an obscure song from fellow Scots Simple Minds, the Cocteaus were originally formed by guitarist Robin Guthrie and bassist Will Heggie and later rounded out by Guthrie's girlfriend Elizabeth Fraser, an utterly unique performer...
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