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Boomkat Product Review:
The most perfectly formed Cocteau Twins album, perhaps one of the most perfectly formed albums of all time - soaked in bittersweet sorrow and nostalgia, it’s almost painful listening to it 30 years later.
Numerous publications have declared it one of the best albums of the 90s, with Pitchfork calling it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was.”. Famously - 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell has called it his favourite all-time 4AD album, “by a long shot”.
Recorded in the midst of much upheaval - the birth of Fraser and Guthrie's daughter, the death of Simon Raymonde’s father Ivor Raymonde, Robin Guthrie’s reported problems with drugs, the disintegration of the band’s relationship with 4AD (this was to be their last album for the label) - the result is lucid and almost unbearably warm, you can even decipher some of Fraser’s lyrics on this one. Anyway, Heaven or Las Vegas is really one of life’s great pleasures for more or less anyone acquainted with it. And if you aren’t - fucking get to it.