Garlands

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Garlands
Studio album by Cocteau Twins
Released June 1982
Recorded 1981–1982
Genre Post-punk, gothic rock, ethereal
Length 35:25
Label 4AD
Producer Cocteau Twins, Ivo Watts-Russell
Cocteau Twins chronology
Garlands
(1982)
Lullabies
(1982)

Garlands is the debut studio album by Scottish band Cocteau Twins. It was released June 1982, through record label 4AD.

Background[edit]

It is the only album with original bassist Will Heggie. Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk provided backup vocals on "Dear Heart", "Hearsay Please", and "Hazel".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, Will Heggie). 

No. Title Length
1. "Blood Bitch"   4:34
2. "Wax and Wane"   4:04
3. "But I'm Not"   2:45
4. "Blind Dumb Deaf"   3:46
5. "Shallow Then Halo" (printed as "Shallow Then Hallo" [sic] on the sleeve) 5:16
6. "The Hollow Men"   5:02
7. "Garlands"   4:32
8. "Grail Overfloweth"   5:22

Release[edit]

The original British cassette release included four additional tracks from a John Peel radio session. The original British, Brazilian and Canadian CD releases featured the album, the Peel session and two other tracks that were recorded for an unreleased single, which was to have been the band's first release. The four Peel Session recordings were later released as BBC Sessions in 1999.

A remastered version of "Blind Dumb Deaf" is available on the 2000 compilation Stars and Topsoil. A version of "Hazel" appears on the band's Peppermint Pig EP, released in 1983. A remixed version of "Wax and Wane" was included on the 1985 compilation The Pink Opaque.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Martin C. Strong 7/10[2]

A review came from AllMusic, who was generally critical of the album, writing, "Garlands falters due to something the band generally avoided in the future – overt repetition. [...] As a debut effort, though, Garlands makes its own curious mark, preparing the band for greater heights."[1]

From the band's website: "In the end, Garlands was one of the most successful independent recordings of 1982, and peaked in the UK Independent Top Five. In addition to this, the band had received avid support from the BBC Radio 1's John Peel—a significant figure in the early development of Britain's independent music culture in the 1980's."

"The fact of the matter is that the album is bloody good. A fluid frieze of wispy images made all the more haunting by Elizabeth's distilled vocal maturity, fluctuating from a brittle fragility to a voluble dexterity with full range and power." (Helen Fitzgerald, Sounds Magazine, 1982)

Personnel[edit]

Technical
  • Ivo Watts-Russell – production
  • "Eric" – engineering at Blackwing Studios
  • "John" – engineering at Blackwing Studios
  • 23 Envelope – sleeve design, photography and art direction

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Garlands – Cocteau Twins : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. ^ The Essential Rock Discography – Volume 1: 222. 2006. 

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