10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde made this 1988 release less of a creative departure than a consolidation of what they’d accomplished on previous albums, and Blue Bell Knoll can be seen as an appealing sampler of the Cocteaus’ otherworldly aural confections. The atmospheric shadings here range from Caribbean-accented rhythms (“Suckling the Mender”) to acoustic-rock colors (“Ella Megalast Burls Forever”) and mild funk infusions (“Spooning Good Singing Gum”). Specific elements fade into the background once Fraser begins singing in the unknown tongue she favors. Gliding up and down the scales, plunging through syllables of pure transcendent sound, she conveys a state of wonder that’s literally beyond words. The best tracks here (especially “Carolyn’s Fingers”) tingle with heavenly awe; the weakest songs (“Cico Buff”) take their alien-ness for granted and induce drowsiness. Beyond such complacent spots, Blue Bell Knoll is suffused with the sort of peculiar magic that only the Twins can create.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde made this 1988 release less of a creative departure than a consolidation of what they’d accomplished on previous albums, and Blue Bell Knoll can be seen as an appealing sampler of the Cocteaus’ otherworldly aural confections. The atmospheric shadings here range from Caribbean-accented rhythms (“Suckling the Mender”) to acoustic-rock colors (“Ella Megalast Burls Forever”) and mild funk infusions (“Spooning Good Singing Gum”). Specific elements fade into the background once Fraser begins singing in the unknown tongue she favors. Gliding up and down the scales, plunging through syllables of pure transcendent sound, she conveys a state of wonder that’s literally beyond words. The best tracks here (especially “Carolyn’s Fingers”) tingle with heavenly awe; the weakest songs (“Cico Buff”) take their alien-ness for granted and induce drowsiness. Beyond such complacent spots, Blue Bell Knoll is suffused with the sort of peculiar magic that only the Twins can create.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings
82 Ratings
tlarks ,

Cocteau Twins at their best

The album review included here by iTunes is complete and utter crap, that everything post-Garlands wasn't as good as that--I never listen to Garlands, but BBK I've played so much I've worn it out. This album is a high-watermark for the band, one that will put you in ecstacy and bliss. Highly, highly recommended.

Holly410Berry ,

Blue Bell Knoll

This is a remastered version of a casette I had in 1989. I listened to this album endlessly. This album is amazingly unique and Elizabeths voice is simply beautiful. A must have.

Aleechay ,

Simply might be the best "beginning to end" CD E-V-E-R

I am listening to this CD non-stop these days -- perhaps I'm feeling nostalgic -- but I have to disagree with itunes completely and agree with most of the commenters by stating that this is truly one of the best CDs ever. It's so unique in its sound, the melodies are haunting, I get chills as soon as the first song Blue Bell Knoll comes on. And Carolyn's Fingers is to die-for-beautiful. The ending of Ella Megalast...is the perfect ending to a 5-star CD. I swear every time I get goosebumps and tears in my eyes towards the middle-to-end because it is so amazing. Another song on another album that I simply love is Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires from Heaven or Las Vegas (another title track that is also gorgeous). BUY THIS IMMEDIATELY! Better yet, get the CD so you can have it forever and never lose it digitally!

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