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Heaven Or Las Vegas

Cocteau Twins

1990

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Heaven Or Las Vegas

Rating

3.24

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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.

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5

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.

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4

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.

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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.

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5

Oh my God. Who let this be such utter perfection? This was really really really good. Wow. The atmosphere. The vocals. 10/10.

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5

Beautiful ephemeral pop that I could listen to on loop forever.

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5

Great atmospheric album. Definitely worth the listen.

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5

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

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5

hypnotic, psychedelic, and poetic. complex rhythms and melodies paired with beautiful tones and reflective lyrics. fav songs = all

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I can not tell what language this is

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If there was a zero I would pick that

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5

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.

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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".

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This is the sound track to my dreams, the nice dreams though, not the dirty ones I wake up from erect.

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4

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.

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Erm... lovely shoegaze soundscape, but genuinely unintelligible lyrics. Enunciate, woman.

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All the songs sound the same. Very winy (as most dream pop goes) and lyrics often abandon recognizable language

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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.

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What’s that you’re saying??? Sorry. Can’t hear your words. Is that French? I literally don’t know.

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terrible, absolutely terrible

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It's good, I just never loved Radiohead

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5

Headphones on. Sit down in a nice chair. Dream away. Absolutely brilliant and beautiful.

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5

Dreamy indie.... what’s not to love? Nothing!

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5

Fairly unique, might come back to it

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5

This sure as hell sent me to Heaven rather than Las Vegas.

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5

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.

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5

cat ham cat

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5

Why haven't I listened to this before?

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5

First song was sampled on the morning by The Weeknd. Old rock easy listening

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5

The original vapourwave. Listened

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5

Good indie sound with a heavy 90s feel.

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5

i'm just a sucker for dreamy, ethereal guitars and vocals to match. this was great.

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5

what she saying

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5

Surpringly enjoyed

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5

Lovely album, very 80's synth pop feel but also beautifully arranged vocals and mixture of sounds. Very enjoyable album

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5

Great album

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5

One of the best sounding records I’ve ever listened to

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5

I've already heard this album a few times before. It's lovely.

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5

Loved it

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5

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.

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5

Heaven

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5

Lovely. No words. A new world.

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5

Uhh ich liebe die Produktion

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5

Cant understand wtf liz fraser is singing. 5 stars

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5

sehfjahfbeljdlhsdfjashkdf streeeet

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5

ahh nice

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5

I liked this album a lot. It reminds me of MGMT and I’m glad to have found this.

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5

Heard this bad boy quite a few times Really really good!

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5

Gets better as it goes on...great last 2, 3 tracks

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5

Very ethereal and dreamy. Love it!

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5

actually liked it

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5

So dreamy. 9/10

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5

A classic dreampop album, for good reason.

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5

Absolutely gorgeous album.

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5

like ABBA on acid.

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5

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.

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5

This music just always makes me feel so dreamy. Her voice is perfect for dream pop . One of the best albums of this genre

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5

Its a 5 star from me! Loved this album for a while now. Its fun and different from anything else I know really.

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5

amazing

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5

Truly genuine pop music with a distinctive sound.

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5

Goodness, this album is superb, so soothing and calm/

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🤠

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5

The only "Dreampop" album that matters truly.

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5

dreamyyyy

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5

I love this album, have always loved it, will always love it. Blast to listen to today!

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5

Frábær plata! Þarf að hlusta meira á þetta band.

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5

Great!

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5

Great stuff

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5

Claassic

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5

Ethereal beauty

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5

Vilkey galet sammanträffande att de bara e album som ja ha lyssna förr som förtjänar femmor!!!!

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5

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.

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5

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”.

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4

Fantastic voice but bland bland production. Decent album though

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4

Last half of the album was stronger than the first half.

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4

First album I'm hearing here. Solid stuff!

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4

A hidden gem

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4

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

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4

Dream pop sung by an unintelligible Scottish woman never sounded so good. Best track: Iceblink Luck

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Dang, pre interesting the switch between English and Scottish Gaelic (maybe?)

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4

Great album, but I like most any earlier one better I think.

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4

Funky and ethereal, sounds like a desert road trip

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4

Good dreamy synth sounds.

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4

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

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4

Terrific dream pop album, reminds me of My Bloody Valentine

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4

Great shoegaze. Reminded me of cranberries straddling 80s and 90s alt. Notable songs: cherry-coloured funk, heaven or Las Vegas, pitch the baby.

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4

Pleasant swoopy soundscapes. Lyrics are mostly impossible to understand. Nice background music, but not something I would play to listen to with intention.

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Y

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enjoyable techno pop. good to work with. feels very eightes movie

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4

Some ethereal French shit - kind of slaps tho.

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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.

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4

Lovely dreampop. I adore Elizabeth Fraser's otherworldly vocals. Fave track - "Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires" for full on nimbly bimbly glossolalia!

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4

This was fun, definitely a mood. Unexpected.

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I like them - I think I had heard some of these before. Nice background music.

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4

Great, good album will listen again

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4

Listen again

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4

Curioso: mezcla de The Bee Gees, de las hijas de The Beach Boys, Kate Bush

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4

Fotzepolitic and title track stand out. Prefer their earlier albums but this is solid and has Liz's voice as always

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4

Nice radio too

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4

Very fun, solid all the way through. Nothing stood out particularly, so will need to listen again for faves

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4

Dreamy

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4

Very pleasant to listen while working. Dreamlike. Grown on me over the weekend. 4/5

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4

A fantastic album. I love Liz Fraser's voice.

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2x geluisterd en vind het erg mooi! Heel sferisch en mooie zanglijnen.

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4

excellent

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4

Mellow

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4

This was a nice discovery, really liked it

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4

Deze groep was mij onbekend. Positief verrast. Moest je mij zeggen dat dit een of andere gloednieuwe band was, ik zou het ook geloven.

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4

Yes! really enjoyed listening to this, so nice I played it twice. Really an interesting discovery.

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4

unexpected bangers

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4

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

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4

Great album. Love the guitar lines and vocals here. Listening to this makes me think that Giants In The Trees are influenced by them.

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4

More textured bright hooks

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4

Not bad. Don't love, but was able to listen thru.

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4

I really like "I wear your ring" isn´t my type of music but I really enjoy listening to it

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4

Ga ik meer beluisteren

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4

Scottish 90s dream pop? I had a headache today and this music healed it.

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4

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.

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4

Never heard anything from the band before this album. Really liked the songs!

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4

Pop envolvente com o vocal feminino

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4

very 90s.solid listen

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4

really nice. wish it was longer 4.5

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4

dreamy and oddly unique

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4

Ok, sounded a bit like other music I've listened to from the 90's but can't place exactly who.

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4

8/10. Really chill and ethereal.

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4

So pretty! Got a little samey but I didn't mind that much. High 8

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4

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.

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4

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

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4

Dreamy shoegaze accompanied with a beautiful voice.

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4

Proto-Beach House, so I should love it, but the vocals are very hard to discern most of the time.

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4

dreampop vaporware. hopeful wistful coming of age aesthetics

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4

Groovy

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4

I enjoyed this vibe

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4

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.

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4

Kena pops

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4

Love it

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4

I can't understand the lyrics and I don't care

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4

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

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4

Very good

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4

Dreamy pop good

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4

Less abstract than earlier work but the strong cohesion between voice and drums is still there.

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4

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

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4

flames flames flames

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4

Ethereal beauty for the ears.

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4

Good album

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4

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.

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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.

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4

i found this album in 2018 and battered it. sounds ridiculously fresh for how old it is.

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4

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.

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4

I was most familiar with Elizabeth Fraser on vocals for Massive Attack’s Teardrop and discovered Cocteau Twins (and this album) from there.

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4

Enjoyed every song.

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4

Unmistakable, multilayered, vocals

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4

Swirly spacey goodness

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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.

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4

Vibes

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Good vibes, tho a few songs did give me cheesy xmas song kinda vibes. Cherry-coloured Funk is amazing

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3

Not my type of genre personally, same thing as the Brian Eno record, so my opinion isn't really valid here

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3

sounds decent but my left earbud is bust

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3

Trevligt men inget speciellt.

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3

What an unbelievably difficult time it was to piece together the lyrics.

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3

not bad. not the mood i was in.

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3

Decent, lite emo , bra prodd förutom trummor som e väldigt 90s

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3

Not that bad... not my style too much, but an easy listen for sure.

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3

Punky rock. Not something I'd listen to regularly, but nothing offensively bad.

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3

The 1990's version of me would probably have enjoyed this more.

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3

Ok album. Pretty cookie cutter 80s/ early 90s. Nothing groundbreaking but nothing bad

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3

Dreamy shoegaze. It's the sound of san junipero

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3

Oh boy, aesthetically pleasing but couldn't understand the lyrics.

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3

Enjoyed it even if the lyrics were nonsense, the music was good!

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3

Not bhed. Gave me Beach House vibes

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3

3-3.5/5 silky dream pop.

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3

Relaxing, but not as good as their later work. Decent album though.

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3

interessante

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3

Not bad, really. Very easy listening, I like their voices, and overall, this was pretty all right.

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3

90s meets psychedelic. Not bad

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3

it was interesting, not my favorite album, but some songs were good.

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3

Pretty good. Kinda blends together like most Cocteau Twins albums. 7/10

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3

Pretty chill background funk

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3

I had no idea what to expect going into this. It was... fine. Nothing spectacular or mind blowing.

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3

Dream pop...

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3

Soft, rätt skön

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3

this album reminded me a less talented ABBA.

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3

Un disco de nicho con una música muy característica. No es mi estilo y es una música que necesito escuchar más para poder valorar.

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3

Throw the Cranberries and The Cure in a blender...

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3

So, knowing the Cocteau twins had 2 albums on the 1001 list, I listened to both of them in the last few weeks. This one is more “accessible”. Elizabeth Frazer is a talented, diverse vocalist, especially when she doesn’t sing words. There’s lots of multiple vocal overdubbing and harmonies going on, (the title track sounds like Abba). I’m not sure how they handled that live. Anyway, I preferred their 84 release which was more cutting edge so I won’t give this too high a score.

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3

Another good one, on a bit of a roll. I knew what they sounded like but never heard a whole album before, it was well put together

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3

Listenable. Dream pop shoegazy stuff

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3

A couple of songs I liked, but most of it was just OK background music.

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3

Up and down. Some beauty in there for sure.

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3

It was pretty good, I liked the dream-pop sort of style it had going on for sure.

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3

Unremarkable, inoffensive and over produced. Alright background music.

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3

Suffers from not being Treasure, but its Cocteau Twins, so its well above listenable

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3

was alright - can see how it's a grower and decent enough in the background. 3 saved to my music. average.

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3

Ethereal and soothing.

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3

Impressed. Knew nothing of them prior. Nice pop-y album!

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3

OK but just OK

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3

Fine

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3

syntwave achtig. Wel fijn om naar te luisteren

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3

Never heard of this band before. Perfectly pleasant.

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3

Gave me 80's vibes. I appreciated it.

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3

Kinda into this.

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3

Kind of forgettable background easy alt-rock. The sort that will probably get better on subsequent listens, but nothing special at first.

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3

Not bad, didn't mind cherry-coloured funk and a couple of others. But not sure I'll come rushing back for another listen.

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3

Fairly standard synth pop with a good voice on top. Need to work on their lyrics though. Songs don't really go anywhere or not anywhere I want to go. Singer elevates them to 3 stars.

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3

I don’t know what the fuck language they’re speaking, but this is nice dream pop, if you like that sort of thing.

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3

Spare, waifish, and sheer as a silk stocking. This is music to evoke an atmosphere; a blurred photograph; the hazy memory of a holiday past; a long-forgotten contact whose number is still in your phone. I suppose from that list you might ascertain that this speaks to me of the ephemeral nature of remembrance, how it drifts and reshapes itself, ultimately leaving behind a residue of the actual experience. But also, it’s probably not that deep.

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I had heard of this band but wasn't familiar with their music until I just listened to this album. While I'm not really into synth-pop, their sound has a little more edge to it, and Elizabeth Fraser's voice is incredible. Just on a purely subjective, personal preference basis, not too into this, but can understand their appeal.

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3

This album sounds like pop from another planet - "otherworldly". If one wants to escape reality for just a little while, all they have to do is turn on this album. Very nice!

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3

For whatever reason, I wanted to dislike this. I think I wanted to unleash a low score on some unwitting long forgotten band. Just to feel like I have some agency with this thing. Like I have some control over myself and my opinions. Sadly, not the case. I found this inoffensive. I didn’t particularly dig it but I quite enjoyed some of the vocal lines and airy guitar riffs. We doing this again guys? Another 3? Yeah why not.

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3

First few seconds in it feels like a grower. I hope I’m right cause those albums are usually the best. Well I added it to my favorites, going to need a few more listens though. Tbh I kinda found the vocals a bit annoying, can I say that? I guess I just did.

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3

Really enjoyed it. It's going to get quite a few more listens for sure. Cherry colored Funk absolute classic.

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3.1 tof niet speciaal maar eens een leuke listen. heb wel het gevoel dat elk nummer naar iets opbouwt maar die climax komt wel telkens niet

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3

goed voor achtergrond, but not that special

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3

Good background noise.

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Like the vibes on this album a lot. I do wish I could understand literally a single lyric though. It’s impressively Scottish.

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WTF are these women saying half the time? Now I see where Beach House came from The title track and last track are a whole vibe

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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.

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I liked this one a lot. It was really ethereal and spacy. It didn't have any "bangers" but I did look forward to listening to it.

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Sounds like something you'd find in a Sofia Coppola movie and that can only be a good thing.

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Pretty good. Nice in the background but nothing standout.

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The first song, Cherry-coloured Funk, is leagues ahead of this album. I don't really care for it other than that because the first track is way too good. The instrumentation and vocals are all pristine in the album and adds to the dreamy feel of the album. It's just unfortunate that the rest of the album is disappointing compared to the first song. Highlights: 1.

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I really like the sound, I just wish I could understand the words. The album reminds me of ABBA if they had made less disco songs and more dreamy songs. All the songs have a nice pop feel. The main gripes are that the songs tend to sound like each other in addition to the problem mentioned about the lyrics. Favorite track: Cherry-coloured Funk

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It was totally not what I was expecting. In a good way. But a bit too dreamy for me.

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Sophisticated Pop. An extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers, and polished arrangements. It sound very 80's instead of 90's. (6/10) Favourite Track: Cherry-Coloured Funk

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Interesting. I think the description dream pop is quite fitting for this one. The songwriting is interesting and the execution pretty good. Unfortunately, it's just not really a style of music I enjoy.

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Nice album to listen to. Lots of interesting tracks. Not really my thing but didn't mind it at all. I was expecting to dislike the whole thing.

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Quite liked it. Although more on first listen. Got a bit samey on subsequent play-throughs.

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Quite enjoyed listening to this. 3*

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A bridge album between 80s and 90s

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Sounds like the soundtrack to a John Hughes' movie - but one that went straight to VHS. Soft focus, Thanksgiving turkey/Christmas lights and a couple of lessons learned on the way. I can't decide if that's a good or bad thing. Best Tracks: Iceblink Luck; Heaven or Las Vegas; Fotzepolitic

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Regular

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Typical 90s girl band

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Didnt mind this one, glad i had a listen.

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Definite 90s vibe.... Hard to dislike but did not capture my heart

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It didn't start out as something I liked, but there's a floaty weirdness to it that resonates. It's not incredible but it's not bad either.

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3, very pleasant.

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This is probably brilliant if it’s your kind of thing but I just can’t get into the music - the kind of high toned, cascading orchestration kind of exhausts me.

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Nice Friday morning album, ethereal and poppy.

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Dreampop

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Very dreamy! It was a bit same same at times, but I still enjoyed it. I especially liked 'Iceblink Luck' and the title track - great basslines and use of synths.

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Very dream like. Something completely different for me. Can't understand the vocals but they seem to blend well so feels more like an instrumental album to me.

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Didn't think I would like this band and I'm not sure if I do, but this album was better than I expected. I'm not one to enjoy electric drums or dreamy synth pop, the songs were easy to listen to and kept me engaged, but are they memorable? Time will tell.

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Not best but good

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I'm fairly neutral about this one. It was fine but nothing amazing.

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I was excited to listen to this as I have not heard of Cocteau Twins, and I love alt rock/dream pop music. I wasn't let down, I really enjoy the dreamy very 80s/90s vocals and the vintage sound to it. It has given me great vibes and it's very relaxing and happy. The only problem is that the songs are all a bit too similar and one-noteish and I love hearing the lyrics and feeling all the feels. I am feeling feels for sure but not to the max because I can't tell what she's saying which I both love and dislike. So I'm a bit confused. Therefore, a 3 seems only appropriate.

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nogal sferisch enya achtig

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So the Cocteau Twins learned a thing or two between 1984’s disastrous Treasure and this album in 1990. I was not pleased when I saw the twins pop up again. However upon listening, Heaven or Las Vegas is decent. The album unintentionally came on during my car ride this morning after listening all the way through yesterday. I didn’t turn it off. I’ll even say that I enjoyed hearing parts of it again. The Cocteau Twins might be the most improved band of the 1980s.

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Was okay, again not something I would listen to often.

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Buen disco, bonita voz de la cantante. No conocía al grupo pero no creo que lo siga, demasiado dream pop para mi gusto.

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Sounds very much like the alternative scene of the 90s pretty reminiscent of the pumpkins

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Really enjoyed it, love the sound, but all the tracks almost blur into one for me. Different tunes didn't seem to have much identity, it takes one thing and does it well but gets a bit samey. Maybe a 4 with time but a high 3 for now.

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Synth dream pop! Don’t mind if I do! Some nice stuff on here for sure!

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I love an album with a vibe. This has that. Nothing really memorable or very interesting, but it has a definite vibe, and I'm all in for that. 3

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singin on a feebo streeee, I want to love a gomba gom gombee gets me every time

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This one took some time but it really grew on me. Once I stopped trying to understand the lyrics and just accept the vocals as 'instrumentation', the record became really beautiful and blissful. 6/10

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decent dream pop, prefer beach house though

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Background music

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Great voice, melodies, harmonies. Conor thinks band is a bit boring. Very nostalgic for Bill. Shannah wasn't really paying attention but like the background noise. 3.5/5.

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It’s easy not as good as treasure probably deserved a few more lessons I’ll give it three stars for now

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It was ok, as noted in other reviews largely incomprehensible lyrics

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Insistente pero interesante

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I don't know what the lead singer is saying most of the time on this album, but I like her voice. Pitch the Baby is so quirky, and again - I've listened to it twice now - I don't know what she's saying. It's English though, and I like it. So there you go. The rest of the album continues on in this style. That makes it hard to review much higher than a 3.

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It's beautiful and esoteric. And one of the best singers that's ever graced this earth. But this album is just not their best work.

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Je ne connaissais ce groupe que de nom. Riches arrangements, très belles couleurs. Le chant est versatile et accrocheur. Les chansons sont assez semblables et versent un peu trop souvent à mon goût du côté pop de la force. Mais très agréable. 3/5 à cause de la redondance et du fini pop qui, à mon sens, atténue l'originalité de l'orchestration.

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Not really a fan of this dream pop genre. The songs are fine, most of them have great hooks and interesting composition, but it all sounds way too similar to me, thus making the songs very forgettable. It's one of those - quite nice when you listen to it, but barely remember anything afterwards. So in that sense it falls into "OK" category.

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Pretty slick for 1990

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Really lovely but it just lacks the excitement of Treasure

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5/10/2022 - ALBUM #104 Today's Album: "Heaven or Las Vegas" by Cocteau Twins - This may be the most unique album to come out of the generator thus far. It isn't really that it's incredibly inventive or really does anything shocking, but it just has a really unique atmosphere to the sound and the production and mixing, despite being subjectively poor, add to the experience and tone of the project. Each song has a similar sort of laid back bass and drum beat joined by a very ethereal, hazy, synth. The chord structure is usually pretty basic, but there is a really cool hazy atmosphere created by the instrumentation and the vocals sort of float above as unintelligible murmurings. I usually have a problem with vocals I can't comprehend, but they're so unintelligible here I am just really ignoring any of the lyricism and I have to say, the vocal melodies in the choruses work really well due to this sort of incomprehensible mumbling. I also think it's aided by whatever post production is being placed on the vocal track to make it so washed out and hazy. Now, there are moments where the lyrics do shine through and I like these moments a lot. For instance, Pitch The Baby has a really infectious hook singing, "I really want to love you" and I really like the chorus of Heaven Or Las Vegas, which is a highlight among the track list because of it's clear vocal delivery. I think there are a lot of tracks outside of the highlights that sort of get boring and drone on for a little too long, but I think it's entirely missing the point to judge this kind of ethereal music for it's structure and not it's overall vibe. Once I judge it for that, I really just like this album as something to put on in the background and forget about. All the performances are great and it's obvious there is a strong attention to the mixing and mastering on this project. Overall, this is a great introduction into shoe-gazy, ethereal, pop rock and it's vibe is immaculate enough to bump up the final score by a half-point. Listen to this one if you like a spacey and chilled out vibe album and want something a little different. Highlights: Cherry-coloured Funk, Pitch the Baby, Heaven Or Las Vegas, Frou-frou Foxes in Midsommer Fires Score: 7/10 Decent Ethereal Rock

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Couple of recognizable songs but not something I'd listen to all the way thru.

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Not bad background music, but too atmospheric and slow to catch my attention.

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An interesting album that was somewhat unnerving to me. Most times, I can place exactly what emotion an album/song gives me but this album had me borderline disoriented. I don’t think I’ll go back to listen to it, nor do I think it will become one of my all-time favorites but it was a cool album to listen to.

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Boo

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One hit album

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Not my usual listening. Not offensive but would only prob have as background music

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Hát, ez nem csúszott, 2 szám után inkább kinyomtam.

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Sympa mais sans plus, pas fan du style.

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people were not listening to this in the 90s

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Soft, repetitive & poppy. Not for me

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pollege, leggera.. ma non rimane

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This is like if some aliens sang 80s songs in an alien language. It's kind of magical, but I don't know that I ever need to hear it again.

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the album finished playing and I didn't notice ahha

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Growing on me and becoming familiar after a few listens over the weekend. Fotzepolitic and I Wear Your Ring are favs. Liked when it went acoustic

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La musica está bien para relajarte o ponerla mientras curras, se nota que es un grupo británico.

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Felt like the 90s all over again.

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Prescindible. Ni molesta ni divierte. Olvidable.

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Primera presa de contacte amb Couctau Twins. Dream pop tan inofensiu com ben executat. Molts grups d'aquestes primeres dues dècades del 2000 beuen de la seva influència. Grups, d'altra banda, que a mi em diuen ben poc, com Beach House o M83. En tot cas, aquest àlbum té alguns bons temes, especialmente a la primera meitat. Després la segona es fa més feixuga i dispersa. A destacar la gran veu de la cantant, plena de matisos i amb molts registres.

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"Heaven or Las Vegas" or "Iceblink Luck"

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A pleasant enough listen. Couldn't make out much in the way of lyrics, but understand that may be deliberate. Acceptable background music, but not much more than that. Got a bit of a Lightning Seeds vibe in places.

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Nice enough but essentially background music

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Hele plaat geluisterd, maar ik had het gevoel dat het steeds hetzelfde nummer was.

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Tja, het klinkt wel ok met die zangeres die zo geweldig op Mezzanine van Massive Attack zingt. Maar dit voelt te afstandelijk ofzo. En whats up met al die chorus en phasers op de gitaar. Erg storend.

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I had a hard time getting into this album but, strangely, I wanted to like it. I like her voice. The frustrating part was that I couldn't understand the words she was singing. I still wanted to like this album so I looked up the lyrics. Unfortunately, finding the lyrics did not help my understanding of the lyrics one inch. The music sounds like it's being played on a cloud and reading the lyrics made me feel like my brain was a cloud. 

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The best thing about the Cocteau Twins is that their brand of dream pop laid the groundwork for better bands like Lush and My Bloody Valentine, (whether Kevin Shields admits it or not). Actually, Heaven Or Las Vegas isn't awful, exactly. The band manages some interesting textures, the singing ain't bad, the melodies could be worse, etc., but there's zero grit to balance out all of the cotton candy, and too much cotton candy will make you sick. The drum machines don't help either.

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Meh. Didn't hate them. Probably wouldn't listen again.

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This one just didn't stick. Dream pop is not a genre I spend a lot of time with, but I really liked the synth and bass sound of this record. While it definitely sounds dated, you can tell the music is a precursor to a lot of the sounds we hear from indie pop today. Unfortunately, that's where the fun stops for me because I just couldn't understand a damn word the singer was trying to get through. I get that this was probably intentional and that the sounds of her voice were probably more important, and it sounds like she is a really great vocalist, but it added absolutely nothing to the experience for me. The only word that I could use to summarize is "puzzled".

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Treasure was heaps better

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Luftigt och bra! Ett sound som under vissa partier känns vågigt och påminner mig lite om the Cure. Sången är mycket bra, det blev tydligt för mig redan innan första låten var slut. Som jag skrev tidigare, så känns soundet luftigt men det är inget som stoppar det från att samtidigt ha en viss tyngd. Jag tycker basen och trummorna styr låtarna på ett väldigt tydligt sätt. Bäst:"Cherry-coloured funk"

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female singer psychedelic-y slowish can't tell the songs much apart

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Good vibes but needed more 2.4

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surpreso de descobrir que nenhum dos membros se chama COCTEAU. a vocalista manda bem. Iceblink Luck - aos 2:37 mas várias bem chatas também, nossa meh

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Nothing remarkable about it. I listened on Friday and now (Monday), thinking about what to write about the album, the only word is forgettable. Not totally bad, just forgettable!

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Why is this a must listen? It's not awful, but I can think of many synth-pop albums that could be on a list of must listen, this would not be one.

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Eh? A bunch of the same non-descript soft alt rock. Nothing really memorable or engaging at all. Not really "bad" to sit through (it was short) but also nothing redeeming either

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Not my thing. All of the songs sounded the same to me. I would listen to it if someone else put it on but I was relieved when it ended.

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This is probably someone's favourite album. But not mine. Not exactly unpleasant, but a bit too wishy-washy for me.

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This band isn't my styl.

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Las Vegas is a city in Nevada, USA, at 36.1699° N, 115.1398° W. It has an average July high temperature of 104°F. The city also is known as a destination for those seeking legalized gambling, prostitution, and marijuana, and has been nicknamed "Sin City." So apparently these Scottish lasses got understandably confused. Heaven, being a common religious cosmological or transcendent supernatural place where beings such as gods, angels, souls, saints, or venerated ancestors are said to originate, be enthroned, or reside, is often paired with its antithesis, hell. As in "heaven or hell." I'm not sure if the Cocteau Twins had been to Las Vegas when they wrote this album. The city, and I guess much of Nevada, can appear a bit hellish, but I don't believe the "Entertainment Capital of the World" the actual underworld. But anyway, the Cocteau Twins' "Treasure" was the 17th album we received. Now 153 albums later, I get to wonder why they have two albums on the list. Though actually, I don't totally hate this one. Except I do hate the way it sounds. Which is weird. I think a lot of the song structures have potential. But I don't like their singing, and don't like some of the instrumentation within the arrangements (this probably makes no actual music sense). I think what would be really interesting is to have another band cover these songs. A better band.

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Hearing a lot of Lush and Siouxsie, but it's not my jam.

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Listened before?N Unintelligible and nonsensical lyrics do nothing for me.

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Just OK. Probably wouldn't listen again

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Eh

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Listened 4 times throughout the day. Not exactly odious, but a bit flat for me. FT: Frou-frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires Cherry-coloured Funk

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Clearly a defining album of dream pop and shoegaze. I get a little tired of it for a while album, but the individual songs are pristine. It's really good, but it's also rare I want to listen to this kind of music.

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I think this is what they call "dream pop" - vaguely shoegazey, a bit trite, all sounds the same. Even at 37 minutes I got bored. 2/5.

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p634. 1990. 2 stars Instantly recognisable, lovely sound and production but... it's all a bit samey. Becomes background noise very quickly and there are no real standout tunes. Perfectly unremarkable 90's cocktail bar music. Not on the replay list.

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Twee twiddlee twaddlee - too lightweight for me

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Quite a quick listen, one which passed without much notice. Not that I didn't like it, but just not my type of music. Some good songs but an overall repetative sound which I wasnt too keen on. Can see how others really like this kind of music.

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Frou Frou was really the only song I liked but there was nothing offensive so it gets a two

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Kind of cool in places and I think it's probably someone's gold dust - but it really isn't mine

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Never engaged me. I couldn’t make out the lyrics of any of the songs, and the ethereal tone of the music didn’t move me.

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Unlistenable

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Who?

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Zeurderig ninetees album, totaal niet fijn

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Nah...not my cup o tea.

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Zaraz mnie trafi, kolejny dzien z brytyjczykami i tym razem w postaci iscie toksycznej, bo dreamowy pop, czyli pop lat 90 w ktorym instrumentale buduja glownie syntezatory i klawisze, takie cos ala disko polo, wokal takze jest mocno potraktowany wszelakimi efektami co daje efekt krwawiacych uszu i ogolnego rozpierdolu na calej plycie, dobrze ze tortury trwaly tylko 37 minut, lirycznie albumik nie jest az tak bardzo popowy jak daja wrazenie jego instrumentale, ale ciezko grzebac sie w czyms takim, zeby posluchac o motywach zycia i smierci z perspektywy kogos kto wygdal nowe zycie, wokalistka i jeden z bandow memberow, czy tez smierci, jedyny trak ktory jest warty plejkowania jak dla mnie to otwierajacy cherry-coloured funk, bo jeszcze czlowiek nie jest zrazony tym co sie dzieje w pozniejszej czesci materialu

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Droll background music.

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Not my thing, didn’t make it past the first track. Sorry to say.

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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.

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No thank you

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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.

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They literally all sound the same to me.

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This sounds like background music at a store. With the rest of the albums on the list, I can at least see that the artist is trying to do a thing.

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Listened. Shite. Can't tell what she's saying.

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Funky. Liked the 2nd track a lot.

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Hola me parece muy bueno

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Excellent album, beautiful singing and fine musicianship, especially love the bass work.

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🌺🔥

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Boring. Repetitive. I don't see the appeal.

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I have listened to this already! Its one of my faves ever ^^

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Ethereal, mellow

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