Four-Calendar Café

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Four-Calendar Café
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Studio album by Cocteau Twins
Released 18 October 1993
Recorded 1993
Studio September Sound, London
Genre Dream pop
Length 41:23
Label Fontana - 518 259-2
Capitol (US)
Producer Cocteau Twins
Cocteau Twins chronology
'Heaven or Las Vegas'
Four-Calendar Café
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
NME (8/10)[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[4]
Spin (favourable)[5]

Four-Calendar Café is the seventh album by Scottish band Cocteau Twins. It was originally released on 18 October 1993 on Fontana. It distinguishes itself from the rest of the Twins' catalogue in two major areas: The sound is much more pop-oriented and less ambient than previous works, and vocalist Elizabeth Fraser's lyrics are more intelligible than usual.

The album took its title from William Least Heat-Moon's book Blue Highways, in which the author considers the quality of a restaurant by how many calendars it has hanging on its wall.[6] NME named it the 46th best record of 1993.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Cocteau Twins.

  1. "Know Who You Are at Every Age" – 3:42
  2. "Evangeline" – 4:31
  3. "Bluebeard" – 3:56
  4. "Theft, and Wandering Around Lost" – 4:30
  5. "Oil of Angels" – 4:38
  6. "Squeeze-Wax" – 3:49
  7. "My Truth" – 4:34
  8. "Essence" – 3:02
  9. "Summerhead" – 3:39
  10. "Pur" – 5:02


Additional personnel
  • Lincoln Fong - additional engineering

Cover versions[edit]

The songs "Bluebeard" and "Know Who You Are at Every Age" were covered by Cantopop artist Faye Wong for her 1994 album Wu Si Lyun Seung or Random Thoughts. "Bluebeard" was renamed to become the album's title track, and "Know Who You Are at Every Age" became "Ji Gei Ji Bei" (or "Know Yourself and Each Other"). Wong's cover version of "Bluebeard" was featured in the film Chungking Express, in which she also starred.


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Four-Calendar Cafe – Cocteau Twins | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  2. ^ NME: 32. 16 October 1993.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Q: 104. October 1993.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Rolling Stone: 64. 10 March 1994.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Spin: 120. December 1993.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "History". Cocteau Twins. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year: 1993". NME. Retrieved 3 January 2013.