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
Cocteau twins fan ,

Beautiful masterpiece

Epic

jason a lefler ,

Blue Bell Knoll...Mystery, Magic, & Mastery

I agree with tlarks as well.
This record is fantastic.
The iTunes reviewer has no clue about true beauty.
For that matter,
Heaven Or Las Vegas is a gem built to save your soul.
Go buy 129 copies.
Play them.
Wear them out.
Repeat.
Oh, by the way...
friends may not understand this music.
As long as you do then you will be okay in this life.

Brooklynsos ,

Cico Buff

The reviewer is clueless - Cico Buff is yet another beautiful departure into a state of Cocteau ecstasy on a perfect album.

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