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Lullabies to Violaine, Vol. 2 (Remastered)

Cocteau Twins

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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.

Customer Reviews

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 :)

Whole Gifts

You can not go wrong with the Cocteaus at any age. Thank you, itunes for finally adding their version of "Winter Wonderland". That's the one song I've been missing to complete the Twins' collection. Lullabyes To Violaine Vol 2 is a must-have!

Best addition to my cocteau twins collection

Having all the EPs and special songs from my favourite band all in one place is like a kid in the candy store. The acoustic versions of rilkean heart and half-gifts are my two favourites and I'm loving even the songs from the Otherness EP (feet like fins, seekers who are lovers). Must have to round up your CT collection, I can't get enough of it!


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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