Cocteau Twins
Head Over Heels


4.0
excellent

Review

by dragonaut USER (4 Reviews)
April 25th, 2010 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A monument to dreams

This album to me is quite simply the glorification of dreams, an audible, tangible reminder that there is a wonderful world without limitation just forty winks away that can defy description but for the lasting remnants of awe as you wake. 'When Mama Was Moth' is the perfect opener, snares crash like seething waves against the rocks where the siren lies, her hauntingly majestic song rising above the whirling froth and lulling you placidly into a sea shimmering with guitar lines. 'Sugar Hiccup' then joyously bobs you up and down in the water as if a baby in the arms of an elated mother, drenched in wistful nostalgia until the thunderous drums stir up a storm in 'Musette and Drums', the heartrending wail of 'Tragedienne' echoing as you drown in an ocean of distortion. You can hardly complain about intelligible lyrics either when the sheer delivery of them makes the bassy slither of 'Multifoiled' all the more sensual and the gleaming guitar chase of 'In the Gold Dust Rush' all the more exalting. A monument to dreams that is lasting the test of time.


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WilhelmBlack (5)
Cocteau Twins first true album; an ethereal masterpiece meant for the masses....


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dragonaut
April 26th 2010


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Would have given this a 4.5 or even a 5.0 if it weren't for the fact I feel you have to be in the right mood to truly appreciate the music. Fantastic album at high volume though.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2010


32243 Comments


Its a bit small, but ace summary

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dragonaut
April 26th 2010


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers, but I always figured why say what I can in a thousand words when I can use a hundred and have it just as (arguably) good. Think I should make them longer and even more detailed?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2010


32243 Comments


Well its up to you, but there's definitely room to go more in depth

KILL
January 6th 2012


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great stuff

WashboardSuds
June 7th 2012


5101 Comments


fuck yeah

Graveyard
August 10th 2012


6371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best cocteau twins era

Funeralopolis
October 31st 2012


14390 Comments


so apparently this is called ethereal wave

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Gard3n
February 15th 2014


439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I loved this since the first spin. Don't know why nobody seems to know it.

oltnabrick
October 14th 2014


38196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only Cocteau Twins album I haven't heard. Looks dope!

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KILL
May 29th 2015


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

every time i jam sugar hiccup it makes me wana switch to heaven or las vegas t/t

AnimalsAsSummit
November 6th 2015


4366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

reminds of the chameleons a bit.... incredible how they're able to totally change their sound each album and remain incredibly consistent

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AnimalsAsSummit
November 11th 2015


4366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn, musette & drums reminds me so much of the angelic process, its crazy. wonder if any inspiration came from this album

WilhelmBlack
November 23rd 2015


603 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice explanation but way too little description and detail.

brandontaylor
March 8th 2016


875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sugar hiccup is soooo good, definitely the standout on here

someguest
August 20th 2016


29931 Comments


the guitar in the opener could be in a first wave black metal track

cool shit

bach
December 5th 2018


16279 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this will always be my favorite I think. fantastic mix of goth and dream pop

Sabrutin
October 26th 2019


6529 Comments


The closer is massive.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


18610 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shit yeah, they always have great closers and that one is up to par! I remember the first time I heard this, I wasn't following the tracklist and was suddenly super engaged and ready for the next track when I heard the closer...only to realise there wasn't one :[

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theBoneyKing
November 3rd 2019


17823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The closer is massive. [2]



This is great but I think I like Garlands more tbh.

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