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Heaven Or Las Vegas [Import]

Cocteau Twins Audio CD
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1. Cherry-Coloured Funk
2. Pitch The Baby
3. Iceblink Luck
4. Fifty-Fifty Clown
5. Heaven Or Las Vegas
6. I Wear Your Ring
7. Fotzepolitic
8. Wolf In The Breast
9. Road, River And Rail
10. Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires

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Heaven or Las Vegas followed in 1990 and was to become their most commercially successful release, reaching number seven in the UK album charts. Numerous publications have since declared it one of the best albums of the 90s, Pitchfork calling it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was.” Label founder Ivo Watts-Russell goes further, candidly revealing in the recent 4AD biography, Facing The Other Way, that this album wasn’t just his favourite Cocteaus album but also his favourite all-time 4AD album, and “by a long shot”, calling it “the perfect record.” And with tracks as majestic as the title track, ‘Cherry-Coloured Funk’ and ‘Iceblink Luck’, who’s to argue?

“From the start, Heaven... is simply fantastic: on "Cherry Coloured Funk," Guthrie's inimitable guitar work chimes leading a low-key but forceful rhythm, while Raymonde's grand bass work fleshes it out. Fraser simply captivates; her vocals are the clearest, most direct they've ever been, purring with energy and life. There are many moments of sheer Cocteaus beauty and power, including the title track, with its great chorus, and two spotlight Guthrie solos: "Fotzepolitic," a powerful number building to a rushing conclusion, and the album-ending "Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires." Possessing the same climactic sense of drama past disc-closers as "Donimo" and "The Thinner the Air," it's a perfect way to end a near-perfect album.” – AllMusic


  • Cherry-Coloured Funk
  • Pitch the Baby
  • Iceblink Luck
  • Fifty-Fifty Clown
  • Heaven or Las Vegas
  • I Wear
  • Your Ring
  • Fotzepolitic
  • Wolf in the Breast
  • Road
  • River and Rail
  • Frou-Frou Foxes in Midsummer Fires
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    5.0 out of 5 stars awesome July 26 2008
    Format:Audio CD
    Initially, the glacial textures conjured by guitarist Robin Guthrie on Heaven or Las Vegas may seem like frozen artifacts from a forgotten shoegazer past. But behind its icy exterior lies the album's beating heart-- a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was. Elizabeth Fraser's vocal performance, more straightforward here than on any of the Cocteaus' 80s output, is strikingly nuanced, imbuing the record's haunting melodies with an entirely unique and entrancing character. The songs themselves are remarkably complex, weaving crisp electronic beats, monolithic synthesizers, effects-laden guitar, and Fraser's stately and angelic voice into a seamless sonic velour.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Fav rock band of all time June 25 2004
    Format:Audio CD
    Ok here it is this is a band that has changed music forever. Elizabeth Frazer has the most angelic and beautiful voice I've ever heard. I thankfully got to see them in concert 3 times before they broke up in 98. I heard them when I was 16 when I went into record bar and found "Loves Easy Tears" and loving the cover art took the cassette home and the rest is history I was instantly a fan once I played it. I think all the members of the band are still making music but it is sad that they aren't working together. This work has an almost visual feel to it because of the way it makes your body feel as it pulls you into it's web. This album and "Four Calendar Cafe" are my fav twins albums but every album is worth purchasing. Note make sure you get This Mortal Coil because the twins have a few tracks on one of those compilations. It'll end in tears is the name of the cd I think.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, trendless beauty April 2 2004
    Format:Audio CD
    If indeed the 4AD music label was created to harbor "music that was timeless, free of any trend, movement or era", then Cocteau Twins (along with contemporaries Dead Can Dance) have got to embody the quintessence of the label.
    Having only heard Elizabeth Fraser's beautiful voice on her collaborations for the Lord of the Rings' scores, 'Heaven or Las Vegas' became my first plunge into her musical world alongside bandmates Robin Guthrie (guitars and her spouse too) and Simon Raymonde (bass), and I sure got soaked by what I ran into. At first, I was ready for a Dead Can Dance-like album, but what I found was more of a crossover between Japanese pop and ABBA-like choruses with layers of Fraser's angelical voice, framed by some of the most exquisite guitar and bass sounds you can imagine by her side and a fairly innocent beat to go with it all. Something so all-encompassing, that it's almost impossible to put your finger on it...
    From the opening track, this 1990 album puts out a happy note after another, and if you have a chance to check out the lyrics too, you'll realize that the Twins' play of words goes merrily hand in hand with the tunes to peak somewhere around track #7 ("Fotzepolitic" -don't ask me about songtitle meanings yet, though) and leave you much in a positive note, just feeling a bit sorry for how fast time flies when you listen to the whole 10 songs.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars hooray for the twins Feb. 5 2004
    Format:Audio CD
    i can't say much about the remaster because i haven't honestly ordered my own copy yet nor have i the pleasure of hearing it but this is one of my favorite cocteau twins album of all time next to treasure or blue bell knoll. from the opening track of "cherry colored funk" to the closing "frou frou foxes", you can't help but feel a bit light-headed after hear liz fraser's beautiful vocals. not only are the vocals dreamy & sweet but the electrical arrangements here are to die for. let's just say i played this album for so many years( and still do listen to it on a regular basis), it's really hard to believe i've had this album in my collection for over 13 years. i don't really catch half of the words on this cd but i could care less. for all i know, cocteau twins may have made up their own words but the end result is definately enticing & plausible even if that be the case. having said that, this goes on the top of my list as one of the best cds to own in the nineties which still sounds as great today as it did when i first bought it. no favorite tracks unfortunately to list as all of them serve their purpose & each one is simply gorgeous. if you haven't already heard the cocteau twins or have never bought one of their albums, i believe this is the first one you should purchase & the remastered version sounds heavenly to me. enjoy.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Travel Feb. 5 2004
    Format:Audio CD
    It was wonderful finding this cd again..I listened to it, apparently non-stop for months about 5 years ago... it would make me feel pretty, happy, light and ready for anything...
    anyone who listens to this will have an internal burst of color and warmth...nothing will ever bring you down again...least of all the small stuff.
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    Format:Audio CD
    I love this album! I can't express how it makes me feel when I hear it. It is mesmerizing. It floats. Her voice is absolutely incredible. The music is as colorful as the album's cover. The whole album just flows so well. It's too bad there isn't music like this anymore other than a few exceptions.
    Highly recommended. No matter what kind of music you are into, it will be hard not to be captivated by this album. It is a classic!
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