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Boomkat Product Review:
One of the greatest debuts of all time, re-mastered for the first time. Not hard to sum up this album as utterly essential and a cornerstone of post-punk, contemporary pop and electronic music.
In 1982 the Scottish duo of Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie birthed Cocteau Twins with their resoundingly influential debut album, ‘Garlands’. A masterpiece of scuzzed pop sung in indecipherable lyrics and set to ravishing clouds of white hot electric guitars, serpentine bass and ricocheting drum machines, it established a template that’s never been bettered, and famously imitated ad infinitum by successive waves of post-punks and goths.
A generation of moody buggers grew up on this record, probably passed between friends and siblings, picked up in musty charity shop or second hand record emporiums, or even cradled in its fancier reissued form, like this one. But no matter the provenance it’s prized like a loved one by all who own it. Still utterly breathtaking stuff.