Heaven or Las Vegas is the sixth studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Cocteau Twins, released on 17 September 1990 by 4AD. Despite 4AD president Ivo Watts-Russell proclaiming it one of the best-ever releases on his label, he released the group from their contract at the end of 1990 because his relationship with the band had soured. Heaven or Las Vegas peaked at number seven on the UK Albums Chart and number 99 on the US Billboard 200, becoming the band's most commercially successful release. It eventually sold 235,000 copies by 1996, according to Billboard. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and was voted number 218 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. In 2020, Rolling Stone listed it at No. 245 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.Wikipedia
I can't believe I get to listen to this album. The vibes are immaculate, just perfection. It's like floating along warm summer air. Everything feels so purposeful in it's placing, with every sound, word, and visual just lifting the album above levels I didn't know could exist. My only complaint is that it gets a little same-y here and there, but man I can forgive that with how beautiful it all is. Perfection.
The mystery of the lost great Cocteau Twins album: What was it on the other side of the recording studio glass that so distracted them when they made this, and what would they have produced if they'd been paying attention? We may never know. I will never care.
Cool and dreamy - good drum machine work and the bass in quintessential 80s. Probably the lyrics and vocals are the most memorable. Got me on a shoegaze kick after and I listened to My Bloody Valentine for awhile.
Oh my God. Who let this be such utter perfection? This was really really really good. Wow. The atmosphere. The vocals. 10/10.
It's not exactly BAD but it sure is super boring. There's nothing–literally nothing–about this album that stands out except for the fact that the vocals are utterly indescipherable which takes the album from a "meh" 3 stars to a "nope" 2 stars.
I can not tell what language this is
If there was a zero I would pick that
Beautiful ephemeral pop that I could listen to on loop forever.
Great atmospheric album. Definitely worth the listen.
A truly unique dream pop album that doesn't have one lackluster song. Fraser's vocals are the highlight of this album, purring with energy and life. Some of her vocals are unintelligible, but that doesn't take away from the ethereal sound. The guitar work and drums are amazing as well, complementing the vocals perfectly and coalescing to provide the unique soundscape. The band complements each other so well yet you get the impression of improv. Not to say it isn't focused, which it is, with songwriting about childbirth and also death. Favorite tracks: Cherry-Coloured Funk, Iceblink Luck, Fifty-Fifty Clown, Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires
hypnotic, psychedelic, and poetic. complex rhythms and melodies paired with beautiful tones and reflective lyrics. fav songs = all
5.0 + It's hard to pinpoint why this album makes me feel like soaking in a hot bath. There's some kind of strange alchemy between the shimmery guitar and vocals that's mesmerizing. It's a gentle swirl of arpeggiated synth lines, thumping bass and soothing vocal wisps. At times, my mind gets lost in the background sounds and I'm put in a smiling trance.
All the songs sound the same. Very winy (as most dream pop goes) and lyrics often abandon recognizable language
What’s that you’re saying??? Sorry. Can’t hear your words. Is that French? I literally don’t know.
terrible, absolutely terrible
cat ham cat
Lush, gorgeous. Like a giant blanket. Seems like a great album to get high to. Reminds me of MBV. Favorite tracks are "Pitch the Baby" and "Frou frou Foxes in Midsumner Fires".
This is the sound track to my dreams, the nice dreams though, not the dirty ones I wake up from erect.
True to the mission of this project I am glad this record came up on my list. Although this may already belong to my own personal canon of soul-defining albums thankfully this might have been a backup contingency plan. This made an enormous impact on me decades ago. There was nothing else like it, the world was different after I first heard the Cocteau Twins, and still nothing else compares. This record felt like it was an opening and a big break into a wider audience. It also felt like further slipping from an ideal after Treasure that diluted down the drain awash with new age pathos and intelligible lyrics instead of a cosmic brain transplantation. I only wish I could find a giant poster again of the album cover to pin up on my wall as I improvise the lyrics to Pitch The Baby.
I was most familiar with Elizabeth Fraser on vocals for Massive Attack’s Teardrop and discovered Cocteau Twins (and this album) from there.
Really good gothy dream pop. It lays on the 90s sound a little thick, which is probably because the group pioneered the sound to some extent. Still a bit dated in that regard.
I love that dreamy sound, and this album absolutely drips with it. Hell, they practically invented it. I just wish there were a few more standout tracks, but overall a great album.
Shimmering, dreamy musical confections. Gorgeous arrangements elevated by Elizabeth Fraser's ethereal vocals and expressionistic lyrical style. Listening to this album is the musical equivalent of floating on a cloud. At its best, this is some of the loveliest music you'll ever hear. The quality of the individual songs is a little uneven, but it's overall still a joy to listen to. Launches me straight back to my sophomore year in college. Fave Songs: Cherry-Coloured Funk, Iceblink Luck, Heaven or Las Vegas, Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires, Pitch the Baby, Wolf in the Breast
Pretty good. Kinda blends together like most Cocteau Twins albums. 7/10
I was on the cusp of giving this a 4, Cherry-Coloured Funk has been a favourite for as long as I care to remember with its haunting synth and contrasting range of vocals, some of which are Kate-Bush-like in nature but ultimately all gel together brilliantly as a song that doesn't go on too long (unlike this sentence). And the rest of the album is, well, alright. But always found myself wishing I was listening to the first track again.
Erm... lovely shoegaze soundscape, but genuinely unintelligible lyrics. Enunciate, woman.
Cool ideas, but very one note for every song. Hooks repeat constantly and there always feels like a lack of emotion. The song settle in on one vibe, but what that vibe means is utterly incomprehensible.
Droll background music.
Sucked. Can I give 0 stars? Guess we will see what happens. Turns out you cant give zero stars. You have to click at least one to activate the vote button. Consider yourselves lucky Cocteau Twins.
So dreary and uninspiring. Tuneless lift muzak at best. Awful production, tinny with weak drums. With the music being so much of absolutely nothing, at least the lyrics could have been profound, interesting, etc., but no.. might as well be sung in Greek. The inability to pronounce English words correctly is apparently intentional, but just makes the songs frustrating and bizarre to listen to. If I never hear this album again before I die, I will die happy.
Listened. Shite. Can't tell what she's saying.
It's good, I just never loved Radiohead
Headphones on. Sit down in a nice chair. Dream away. Absolutely brilliant and beautiful.
Dreamy indie.... what’s not to love? Nothing!
Fairly unique, might come back to it
This sure as hell sent me to Heaven rather than Las Vegas.
Now we're talking! Har lyssnat på albumet några gånger nu, så det säger allt. Känns som en korsning mellan typ The Cranberries, Highasakite, och lite annat smått o gott.
Why haven't I listened to this before?
First song was sampled on the morning by The Weeknd. Old rock easy listening
The original vapourwave. Listened
Good indie sound with a heavy 90s feel.
i'm just a sucker for dreamy, ethereal guitars and vocals to match. this was great.
what she saying
Lovely album, very 80's synth pop feel but also beautifully arranged vocals and mixture of sounds. Very enjoyable album
One of the best sounding records I’ve ever listened to
I've already heard this album a few times before. It's lovely.
I got introduced to this album about a year ago, and at first it was kind of hard for me to entirely grasp it. Still I fell in love with the first and last tracks so I gave it a couple of tries more and now I think it is just lovely.
Lovely. No words. A new world.
Uhh ich liebe die Produktion
Cant understand wtf liz fraser is singing. 5 stars
I liked this album a lot. It reminds me of MGMT and I’m glad to have found this.
Heard this bad boy quite a few times Really really good!
Gets better as it goes on...great last 2, 3 tracks
Very ethereal and dreamy. Love it!
actually liked it
So dreamy. 9/10
A classic dreampop album, for good reason.
Absolutely gorgeous album.
like ABBA on acid.
Stone cold classic album. You can hear the influence in so many other albums. I'm a huge sucker for dream pop and this is just one of the titans of the genre.
This music just always makes me feel so dreamy. Her voice is perfect for dream pop . One of the best albums of this genre
Its a 5 star from me! Loved this album for a while now. Its fun and different from anything else I know really.
Truly genuine pop music with a distinctive sound.
Goodness, this album is superb, so soothing and calm/
The only "Dreampop" album that matters truly.
I love this album, have always loved it, will always love it. Blast to listen to today!
Frábær plata! Þarf að hlusta meira á þetta band.
Vilkey galet sammanträffande att de bara e album som ja ha lyssna förr som förtjänar femmor!!!!
Hi- Cherry-Coloured Funk, Fifty-Fifty Clown, I Wear Your Ring, Fotzepolitic, Wolf In The Breast Cocteau Twins have been at the forefront of the genre of lazy, sweeping and melodic guitars, the shrill, angelic voices, and the swirling, echoey tapestry of bright synth melodies of "Shoegaze" or "Dream Pop". Heaven or Las Vegas (both the album and the song) is the poster child of the genre, and if Cherry-Coloured Funk is your introduction to the style, it would probably leave you wanting more. I would say this album's peak is Fifty-Fifty Clown, A track that starts off and builds on a smooth and steady synthwave bass serves as the heartbeat for the entire track, and goes off the rails weaving bright synth and layers of Elizabeth Fraser's lilting soprano before returning to the heartbeat, a rush that's all too brief. The titular track neatly ties up the first act, but the show isn't over here, as the b-sides are just as delicious as the a-sides, each track is brilliant, unconstrained, but relaxed and never rushed. This album might be a showcase, but its followups (Four-Calendar Cafe & Milk & Kisses) are just as gorgeous and absolutely worthwhile, as are their contemporary acts such as Lush, Slowdive, Ivy, The Dandy Warhols, and even Venus Hum...It's a shame the wonder of Shoegaze/Dream Pop has fallen by the wayside in recent years, its charm is endlessly adorable and still holds up today.
Can you believe we wrote this beauty off as “their commercial album” when it cam out? Lush, sensual, prickly in spots and featuring some Elizabeth Fraser’s most aggressive, full-bodied singing and toothsome lyrics. Only the Twins could make this kind of music while “selling out”.
Loved this. It was full of ethereal sounding dream pop.
Cherry-coloured funk is one of the most important songs in the history of dream pop and it feels like the final tunnel scene in the Perks of Being A Wallflower I really like Pitch the Baby A humongous fan of Iceblink Luck Not to mention how excellent the DRUMS AND GUITARS ARE I love the title track I am biased but my most listened-to songs have to be fotzepolitic I barely skip any of the songs on the album which is a key thing for me The essence of vertigo and not knowing where you are is what I love the most, I also really enjoy the fact that it's blurry and Elizabeth's vocals are not really easy to hear. Top 100 albums of all time for sure
I needed that his morning. Cocteau Twins are such talented artist. Album is really interressing, I migth listen to it one more time just to feel the atmosphere.
Wonderful, marvelous, magnificient, sensational, outstanding! Really had a great time with this one, I must listen to them more often!
Ovaj album sam znao dosta slušati u zimi da me ugrije, jer su melodije bile takve, poput pokrivača. Iako je to već meme dosta godina, kurca ih razumijem, al taj glas u potpunosti nadopunjuje glazbu i to je taj pogodak. Ovaj album je must-listen dream pop album, iako ima šačicu shoegazea kako po kojoj pjesmi. Jače je od četvorke, pošto vamo ne mogu dati ono što želim kao i većinu puta, bit će ovaj puta ovako kako ga sad dadnem. Lijep pozdrav.
Osjećam se glupo jer nisam nikad čula za njih i ovaj album. Ta prva pjesma mi je skoro dovoljna za peticu ali pomaže i to što je ostatak albuma jako dobar.
Один из самых красивых альбомов вообще.
This is a good one imo
I'd never heard of this band before and really liked it. Looking into it after listening, I found I was familiar with a lot of other artists on the 4AD label which explains why I really vibed with it. Very dream pop and will 100% be going through the other albums from this band.
LOVE THIS ALBUM from beginning to end, the dreamy atmosphere that is maintained throughout is just my favourite thing ever. Easy 5 for me
holy shit, this is like if Abba made shoegaze only thing I hate about this album is how fucking short it is, jesus christ I had to replay this like six god damn times in a row it’s so good too good for the five star scale
Oh nostalgia hard. This is the good shit.
Couldn’t understand any of the words but overall feel was dreamy. Favourite song was wolf on my breast or the last one, frou frou
Loveeeee Will probably buy on vinyl Would love to learn the lyrics Sad spotify doesn’t have the lyrics for this album Definitely a night album NIGHT DRIVE album So valid
I went into the album thinking I was gonna end up giving it a 2 or a 3, but oh my God, was I wrong. I absolutely love the sound of this album. I think having headphones on definitely helps this album. My only critic for the album would probably be that I wish the sound varied ever so slightly more from each song, but even so, I still loved this album. The 90's are truly becoming my more divisive decade. My favourite song was probably I Wear Your Ring, but it's hard to choose.
A god damn classic for a god damn reason. This album is a perfect culmination of the sound they invented.
Absolutely loved this. What a surprise - struggling for adjectives, but I think 'bewitching' is close enough. Pearly dewdrops drops was a jaw-dropping moment for me, but that was 35 years ago and I never followed it up properly, so the Cocteau Twins just fell outside my radar. What a shame, because this is great. Loads of beautiful melodies to send shivers down the spine.
heaven pour ma part
Stone cold classic! Already know and love this album, just went and listened to it twice back to back, still freaking amazing. If anything, this (and every other Cocteau Twins album really) just keeps getting better and better the more I listen to it. Effortless 5.
Fantastic voice but bland bland production. Decent album though
Last half of the album was stronger than the first half.
First album I'm hearing here. Solid stuff!
A hidden gem
Stand out for me was Iceblink Luck, really enjoyed this one. True to the joke that you can't really make out what they're saying. Absolutely hear the influence of Beach House in therw
Dream pop sung by an unintelligible Scottish woman never sounded so good. Best track: Iceblink Luck
Dang, pre interesting the switch between English and Scottish Gaelic (maybe?)
Great album, but I like most any earlier one better I think.
Funky and ethereal, sounds like a desert road trip
Good dreamy synth sounds.
This is an album I find very tough to rate. It sounds very of its time, but has some very modern elements as well. It faded into the background a bit for me (the album was over surprisingly quickly), but I was always into it when I became aware of it. Ultimately, I think I like this album, though it is not something I'm likely to come back to very often 4/5
Terrific dream pop album, reminds me of My Bloody Valentine
Great shoegaze. Reminded me of cranberries straddling 80s and 90s alt. Notable songs: cherry-coloured funk, heaven or Las Vegas, pitch the baby.
Pleasant swoopy soundscapes. Lyrics are mostly impossible to understand. Nice background music, but not something I would play to listen to with intention.
enjoyable techno pop. good to work with. feels very eightes movie
Some ethereal French shit - kind of slaps tho.
I like this quite a bit, though I anticipated I would, as it’s sort of in the space of the things I typically like. I hadn’t heard of them before, and I honestly had a hard time understanding a lot of the words – I wondered if some of them were in Gaelic, since it’s a Scottish band. But I generally liked it.
Lovely dreampop. I adore Elizabeth Fraser's otherworldly vocals. Fave track - "Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires" for full on nimbly bimbly glossolalia!
This was fun, definitely a mood. Unexpected.
I like them - I think I had heard some of these before. Nice background music.
Great, good album will listen again
Curioso: mezcla de The Bee Gees, de las hijas de The Beach Boys, Kate Bush
Fotzepolitic and title track stand out. Prefer their earlier albums but this is solid and has Liz's voice as always
Nice radio too
Very fun, solid all the way through. Nothing stood out particularly, so will need to listen again for faves
Very pleasant to listen while working. Dreamlike. Grown on me over the weekend. 4/5
A fantastic album. I love Liz Fraser's voice.
2x geluisterd en vind het erg mooi! Heel sferisch en mooie zanglijnen.
This was a nice discovery, really liked it
Deze groep was mij onbekend. Positief verrast. Moest je mij zeggen dat dit een of andere gloednieuwe band was, ik zou het ook geloven.
Yes! really enjoyed listening to this, so nice I played it twice. Really an interesting discovery.
Weird. It makes me nostalgic of a time I was not even alive yet. Thought it was cringe at first, but came to like it
Great album. Love the guitar lines and vocals here. Listening to this makes me think that Giants In The Trees are influenced by them.
More textured bright hooks
Not bad. Don't love, but was able to listen thru.
I really like "I wear your ring" isn´t my type of music but I really enjoy listening to it
Ga ik meer beluisteren
Scottish 90s dream pop? I had a headache today and this music healed it.
Quatro. O que não massa engorda. Celebro a derrota na Liga Capitalista como se o tarolo fosse tareia. Está tudo bem. Nem se pensa outra coisa.
Never heard anything from the band before this album. Really liked the songs!
Pop envolvente com o vocal feminino
very 90s.solid listen
really nice. wish it was longer 4.5
dreamy and oddly unique
Ok, sounded a bit like other music I've listened to from the 90's but can't place exactly who.
8/10. Really chill and ethereal.
So pretty! Got a little samey but I didn't mind that much. High 8
8/10. i liked this a lot, it was similar to Treasure but felt a lot lighter/more positive, just pleasant to listen to but deep and emotional as well.
High 3 from me. Very interesting album that I liked quite a bit. Very reminiscent of Joy Division and chill wave which I like quite a bit. F it- gonna give it a 4
Dreamy shoegaze accompanied with a beautiful voice.
Proto-Beach House, so I should love it, but the vocals are very hard to discern most of the time.
dreampop vaporware. hopeful wistful coming of age aesthetics
I enjoyed this vibe
It's a good album, but more mood music than a series of terrific songs. Will need to listen again but I found it fading into the background for me. Great mood piece.
I can't understand the lyrics and I don't care
relaxed and chilled out whilst also not being boring, which i really like. i think that’s one of the most redeeming qualities about this album
Dreamy pop good
Less abstract than earlier work but the strong cohesion between voice and drums is still there.
another album i didnt listen to fully because i didn't like the most popular songs out of it and it turns out those songs were the worst songs on the whole album and the album is fucking incredible. pitch baby, fifty fifty clown, i wear your ring, fotzepolitic soty
flames flames flames
Ethereal beauty for the ears.
Lovely. Lots of cooing and squawking like a mother bird trying to tell its baby that now isn't the right time to be flying a kite, because it's not windy enough, but the baby bird doesn't believe its mother, then gets frustrated when she's right.
Everybody Loves Raymond would have been a much better television programme had this been the soundtrack for it. I feel like Robert would have become an ever-growing presence in the series and eventually take over the reigns. Everybody fuckin' loves Robert. Raymond would have felt like a complete, useless cunt and blown his brains out. Robert wouldn't care.
i found this album in 2018 and battered it. sounds ridiculously fresh for how old it is.
Just sublime. Such a great album. Music excellent and Liz Fraser's voice and part-nonsense lyrics just so evocative of the best of the 80s.
Enjoyed every song.
Unmistakable, multilayered, vocals
Swirly spacey goodness
Cherry Coloured Funk es una de mis canciones de isla desierta y sólo vine a descubrirla el año pasado gracias al algoritmo. Qué gran pedazo de melodía.
This was great, better than I imagined
Good vibes, tho a few songs did give me cheesy xmas song kinda vibes. Cherry-coloured Funk is amazing
Genre: Dream Pop 4/5 Another unexpected surprise, Heaven or Las Vegas is one of my favorite new albums I've listened to so far in this exercise. Listening with totally fresh ears, I instantly could hear what makes this album as revered as it is. A total Dream Pop classic, and a genuinely interesting and enjoyable pop music experience, Heaven or Las Vegas is a project gleaming with filtered guitars and layered vocals. Its wall-of-sound style production is almost overwhelming at times, providing some of the most captivating listens for me up to this point. Starting with the ethereal intro, Cherry-Coloured Funk, a song that perfectly outlines their sound and energy, and is easily one of the best songs on the album, the album continues nicely along (Pitch the Baby is another pop gem), when we're finally met with the title track, my personal favorite from the album, featuring a big beautiful chorus from Elizabeth Fraser and some really tremendous, lush, in-your-face production. I Wear Your Ring is one of my favorite vocal experiments on the album, and is another example of a song on here where the group really sounds like they're having a fucking blast, casually writing some of the decade's most influential music. A beautiful album from top to bottom, and a real joy to listen to.
A strong 4 for Heaven Or Las Vegas. I loved the very coherent atmosphere that reigns all along the album, there are lots of little gems throughout. It would only lack a little more catchy side overall for it to be perfect. I really need to discover more from Cocteau Twins. Glad it was on this list.
The dreamiest of the dream pop albums. The washy guitars hovers over the dreamlike production while Elizabeth Fraser's voice carries the whole thing. I suspect that some compositions would reveal to be weaker than it seems if they weren't drenched in such a soothing atmosphere. But for each song that may be a little less memorable, there is one absolute classic like Cherry-Coloured Funk, Frou-Frou or the title track.
I really enjoyed this record. Has some really great feel to some of it's tracks.
Nice album, easy to listen. I can't hear the vocals though. It's vaguely pop-y, but in a nice way.
Ne znam jel to zato što me fifa u mozak izjebala tokom slušanja ovog albuma il šta, al dobar, not a 5 tho, not even close.