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Heaven Or Las Vegas


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00000DRAX
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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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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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Yes, the Cocteau Twins are "ethereal" and "shimmering," but their music is much more than a simple amalgam of glitter and atmosphere. The melodies lain down on "Heaven or Las Vegas" are pure and beautiful in a nearly alien way; seldom does one find such indiscernable beauty and craftsmanship on an album. Liz Fraser's stunning voice (I can scarcely think of a better singer to have emerged in the last 15 years) perfectly complements the glacial textures crafted by Robin Guthrie and co., resulting in a heavenly paradise of red and vibrant tunes. The unforgettable title track alone is enough to make "Heaven or Las Vegas" a bona fide classic; "Cherry-coloured Funk" and "Iceblink Luck" are also ungodly beautiful showpieces of the Twins' formidable gifts. While I enjoy the band's album "Treasure," I must say that I think "Heaven or Las Vegas" is the crown jewel of the Cocteaus' catalog, and a wondrous one at that.
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After being disappointed in the remastered version of Blue Bell Knoll, I was having trouble deciding whether to purchase another in the Twins' new remaster series. After I tentatively gave HOLV a shot, I was flabbergasted. The sound has come alive! What was previously leaden and muffled has been set free into the sparkling ether. And keep in mind-- I had never considered the production on the original album to be lacking-- maybe a tad overreacting to the bright sound of Blue Bell Knoll two years previous, but rich, full and melodic nonetheless. What a difference thirteen years makes! It's like listening to a brand new release. The sound is no longer so midrange-heavy; the instruments have been lifted and separated just enough to delineate them, while preserving the gauziness of the original. The vocals have a newfound space and importance, as if Elizabeth just got through clearing her throat. And the bass! Chunkier, crunchier, it actually makes my Grados pulsate during 'Cherry-coloured Funk'. This newfound clarity is even more apparent on 'Fifty-fifty Clown', which must be one of the most timelessly futuristic pop songs ever produced. It shimmers more forcefully now, chugs along more insistently, and leaves you wanting more. It's amazing how a good remaster can change your feelings about a song; I had never been a huge fan of the title track, but now I have rediscovered it--it's more balanced, less honk-y. I can honestly recommend this remaster as a must-have for real Cocteau Twins fans, it's that much better. One of the richest, most luxurious albums ever. *** Oh, and fellow Twins fans/reviewers: hey! don't be blithely glossing over the song titles. Elizabeth worked too hard on them for you to dismissively call them "Track 1" or "Track 9". Sheesh. Learn them and use them-- they're windows into the songs themselves. They cross-reference each other and provide a huge chunk of the only insight into Elizabeth's lyrics that exists. Show some respect!
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