Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll (1988) (2004 Remaster)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
4AD, GAD 807 CD | rel: 2004 | 275Mb
The first Cocteaus album to feature a full-band lineup since Treasure was also their first full studio record released in America, resulting from the group's stateside deal with Capitol. Much to longtime fans' surprise, the Twins in fact were much more content with Capitol than 4AD, hinting at their eventual full departure from that label. This was all well and good, but the trio's new inspiration didn't fully translate into their work, unfortunately. While Blue Bell Knoll has some striking moments that are pure Cocteaus at their best – the opening title track is especially lovely with a keyboard loop leading into Fraser's ever-wonderful vocals, a light rhythm, and a great final Guthrie solo – it's still the band's least noteworthy release since Garlands.