Victorialand review by Cocteau Twins

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Cocteau Twins: Victorialand
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Overall Impression — 10
"Victorialand", the fourth album from Scotland's Cocteau Twins, is a slight departure from the electronic-sounding albums of "Garlands", "Head Over Heels", and "Treasure" (all of which are excellent and must-haves). Here, Liz, Robin, and Simon release a 32-minute album of mostly-acoustic gems that are too pretty for this planet. Liz Fraser's breathy voice soars kite-high on tracks like the opener "Lazy Calm" (with sax from Richard Thomas), "Little Spacey", and my favorite "How To Bring A Blush To The Snow". The production here is very minimal; just a brush of guitars, a touch of sax, and a few ambient touches with no drums or bass. And, yet, the album succeeds as a soothing, mellow collection of ambient tunes. Some people may point to "Treasure" as the band's best album, but I don't think anything can begin to touch the unfiltered beauty of an album as unique as "Victorialand".

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