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Heaven Or Las Vegas (Remastered)

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Album Review

Deciding to scale back the overly pretty sound on Blue Bell Knoll while experimenting with more accessibility — — the Twins ended up creating their best album since Treasure. From the start, Heaven... is simply fantastic: on "Cherry-Coloured Funk," Guthrie's inimitable guitar work chimes leading a low-key but forceful rhythm, while Raymonde's grand bass work fleshes it out. Fraser simply captivates; her vocals are the clearest, most direct they've ever been, purring with energy and life. Many songs have longer openings and closings; rather than crashing fully into a song and then quickly ending, instead the trio carefully builds up and eases back. These songs are still quite focused, though, almost sounding like they were recorded live instead of being assembled in the studio. Due credit has to be given to the Cocteaus' drum programming; years of working with the machines translated into the detailed work here, right down to the fills. "Fifty-Fifty Clown," starting with an ominous bass throb, turns into a lovely showcase for Fraser's singing and Guthrie's more restrained playing. But the Twins don't completely turn their back on Knoll's sound; "Iceblink Luck," has the same lush feeling and a newfound energy — the instrumental break is almost a rave-up! — and everything pulses to a fine conclusion. There are many moments of sheer Cocteaus beauty and power, including the title track, with its great chorus, and two spotlight Guthrie solos: "Fotzepolitic," a powerful number building to a rushing conclusion, and the album-ending "Frou Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires." Possessing the same climactic sense of drama past disc-closers as "Donimo" and "The Thinner the Air," it's a perfect way to end a near-perfect album. [Heaven or Las Vegas was released on LP in 2014.]

Customer Reviews

This one is the best!!!

The Cocteau Twins have a wide and varied catalog but if you're new to the band and trying to figure out which of the dozen plus albums to get- GET THIS ONE!!! It's spectacular from start to finish. My favorite track is Fotzepolitic, but there's not a filler track on the album, it's all beautifully done. Another great track is Heaven or Las Vegas, taking its time to crescendo at just the right time. I have no idea what Ms. Frazer is singing about most of the time and I don't want to know. It would spoil the magic for me. Careful though, this band is addicting!

Perfection

I first heard this album when I was in college and a good friend turned me on to them, somewhere I still have the cassette of this. When I got my iPod this was the first album I purchased. There is something about this album that just... well just makes everything better. I cannot listen to this and not feel happy and at peace with the universe.

Classic. Perfect. Recommended if you like Disintegration by the Cure.

This is easily the bands best work. Accessable, humable, danceable, chillable and overall Perfect.

Biography

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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