Snow (EP)

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Snow
Snow (EP) cover.jpg
EP by Cocteau Twins
Released December 1993
Recorded Recorded and mixed at September Sound, London
Genre Dream pop
Length 5:45
Label Fontana - COCCD 1
Producer Cocteau Twins
Cocteau Twins chronology
Four-Calendar Café
(1993)
Snow
(1993)
Twinlights
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Snow is a 1993 EP by Cocteau Twins, released in December 1993 on Fontana Records. It contains cover versions of the Christmas standards "Frosty the Snowman" and "Winter Wonderland". It is out of print, though its tracks appear on the compilation Lullabies to Violaine.[2]

Background[edit]

Snow was released in extremely limited quantities; one expert suggested that fewer than 5,000 copies were made.[3] One of the songs on the album, "Frosty the Snowman," was recorded more than a year before Snow's release, for an album to accompany a year-end issue of Volume.[2] Robin Guthrie was reluctant to record secular holiday songs, so the group opted to record nondenominational songs instead.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Snow received fairly positive reviews from contemporary music critics despite its limited release. AllMusic's Ned Raggett called the EP "perfectly enjoyable", noted its calmness and praised Elizabeth Fraser' vocal performance.[2] Hybrid Magazine's Tom Topkoff noted that the songs sounded similar to the group's non-holiday songs and declared that the album was "sure to bring you joy during each holiday season".[3] Pitchfork named "Frosty the Snowman" the 36th best holiday song of all time.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Adapted from Discogs[5] and Allmusic.[2]

  1. "Winter Wonderland" (Dick Smith, Felix Bernard) - 2:50
  2. "Frosty the Snowman" (Jack Rollings, Steve Nelson) - 2:55

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ a b c d e Kellman, Andy. "Lullabies to Violaine". Allmusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Topkoff, Tom. "Hybrid Music Reviews: Cocteau Twins Snow EP". Hybrid Magazine. MacHighway. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Pelly, Liz. "The 50 Best Holiday Songs of All Time (pg. 2)". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cocteau Twins – Snow (overview)". Discogs. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Credits". AllMusic. RhytmnOne. Retrieved 22 December 2016.