Head over Heels is the second studio album by influential Scottish rock band Cocteau Twins. The album was released in October 1983 by 4AD, and was their first album as a duo of Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie. It featured the band's signature sound of "Guthrie’s lush guitars under Fraser’s mostly wordless vocals" and is considered an archetype of early ethereal wave music.
With this album, journalist Julian Marszalek said that "Fraser’s voice became just as much an instrument" as those played by her musicians. Guthrie played "multi-layered and heavily reverberated guitars". The Quietus also remarked: "'In Our Angelhood' probably fits the bill best and it's a track that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Siouxsie and the Banshees' Kaleidoscope". "The Tinderbox (Of a Heart)" conveys a sense of menace and danger, while the closing track "Musette and Drums" features sweeping guitars and chimes backed up with keyboards.
Head over Heels was released on 31 October 1983 by 4AD. The original United Kingdom and Canadian cassette and CD of Head over Heels, and the Brazilian CD versions, also included the Sunburst and SnowblindEP. The 2003 CD, remastered by Guthrie, did not include the EP.
Head over Heels was ranked at No. 7 in Sounds magazine's End of Year List for 1983.
In 2003, the album was named one of the most eccentric British albums of all time by Mojo magazine.
^MTV News Staff: "In 1983, Heggie left the band, and the group recorded Head Over Heels as a duo. The album was highly improvised and is the first recording to feature the Twins’ signature sound — Guthrie’s lush guitars under Fraser’s mostly wordless vocals. The group became a trio again when bassist Simon Raymonde joined in 1984. Later that year, they released Treasure, an album that hit No. 29 on the UK charts and cemented the band’s ethereal sound.", Cocteau Twins short biography, January 4, 1998