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The last three years of The Cocteau Twins’ existence were the most painful of the three group members’ lives, but that didn’t prevent them from making some of the most gorgeous music of their career. The band only released two full-lengths during that period, but Lullabies to Violaine, Vol. 2 rescues the numerous songs that had been relegated to B-sides and EP releases. This music is just as important as the songs that made the official albums. “Three-Swept” and “Ice-Pulse” were released on the backside of the hit single “Bluebeard,” and here they feel like haunting, icy echoes of that song’s soaring atmosphere. The end of the band’s career touched on their most hypnotically foreboding works—see “Seekers Who Are Lovers”—but also offered their most forthright and poignant performances. The slow, snaking rhythms of “Primitive Heart,” “Flock of Soul,” and “Round” mirror the lurking presence of narcotic addiction, but even in the haze, vocalist Elizabeth Fraser appears like a guardian angel. Longtime fans may read the final two songs—“Circling Girl” and the gossamer “Alice”—as the band’s great finale.

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Cocteau Twins review :)

This album is great! I first heard "Alice" in The Lovely Bones and immediately fell in love with this particular album. Cocteau Twins at their finest without a doubt :)

amazing :)

i heard "alice" in the lovely bones movie and loved the song, its ironic that the songs name is the authors name of the lovely bones. amazing songs

i'm crying..

of course, like most people, I heard "Alice" in the movie The Lovely Bones.
When I listen to the song I replay the scene where all the girls are playing
in the field & the little one goes up & hugs Susy. This song makes me cry.
Beautiful Song, Amazing Movie. Love it.

My name was Salmon. Like the fish; first name Susie. I was 14 when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.
I wish you all a long and happy life.

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 whose swooping, operatic vocals relied less on any recognizable language...
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