Well well well, a lovely bit of reissue this. 1982’s ‘Garlands’ is a crucial part of the Cocteau Twins tale. For one, the group’s debut album is the only one that they made with a full-time bassist (Will Heggie), something which makes it a curious outlier in the band discography. For two, ‘Garlands’ shows a band getting to grips with a sound that they sense is something new and exciting - and as we all know, their pioneering dream pop style would only increase with influence as their career wore on. This new edition of ‘Garlands’ has been remastered from the original analog tapes.
Vinyl LP £15.75 4AD0192LP
140g black vinyl reissue LP on 4AD. Remastered from the original analogue tapes.
- Includes download code
CD £7.99 GAD211CD
CD on 4AD.
Vinyl LP £8.49
USED ORIG UK PRESS on 4AD, EX-/EX-.
8/10 Jack 25th June 2015
Every bit as brilliant as their later work although not nearly as accessible, "Garlands" demonstrates what Cocteau Twins are really about: originality. No one else has ever sounded like them at any stage they were ever at. The songs here are towering, oddly menacing, star-eyed gems of minimalism, from the days when Robin Guthrie's only guitar effects were distortion and flange, and he used them in spades. This is one of their few albums, like "Head Over Heels", where Liz's inimitable vocal stylisations are actually words, albeit intractably abstract ones.
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