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Cocteau Twins - Garlands FLAC album

Performer: Cocteau Twins
Genre: Electronic / Rock
Title: Garlands
Country: UK
Style: Post-Punk, Ethereal
FLAC version ZIP size: 1865 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1831 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1217 mb
Rating: 4.9
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Garlands is the debut studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Cocteau Twins, released 1 September 1982 on 4AD. It peaked in the top 5 of the UK Independent Albums Chart, and received support from BBC Radio 1 radio host John Peel. Garlands is the only album the band recorded with original bassist Will Heggie. Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk provided backup vocals on "Dear Heart", "Hearsay Please", and "Hazel".

Garlands is the 1982 debut album of Cocteau Twins. It is the only album with original bassist Will Heggie and his chugging basslines give the album a distinctive sound. Robin Guthrie, by his own admission, had no idea how a studio worked at the time, but was confident enough in his burgeoning ability to get involved in the production, along with label owner Ivo Watts-Russell.

The sound of Garlands also is post-punk and new-wavish while Treasure is their first true album in which they mastered the dream pop sound that the band is so well-known for. Garlands is not a bad album by no means, it is just different. Garlands is a post-punk album, this point was brought up in the last paragraph but this noticed right off the bat on the song "Blood Bitch". The sound is subdued and trippy, pretty much the overall sound of the album is like this.

Band Name Cocteau Twins. Released date September 1982. Members owning this album9. 3. But I'm Not. 4. Blind Dumb Deaf. 5. Shallow Then Halo.

Album · 1982 · 8 Songs. Cocteau Twins Singles Collection - EP. 1991.

Garlands is the only Cocteau Twin’s album to feature original bassist Heggie, who would later go on to form the Scottish dreampop band Lowlife from the ashes of Psychobilly group Dead Neighbors. Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk is also included on the 1983 Peel Sessions tracks that are included on cassette versions of the original release, providing backup vocals on the non album tracks Dear Heart, Hearsay Please, and Hazel. Earlier in 1982 Legendary Radio DJ John Peel championed the Cocteau Twins by featuring them on on their first Peel Session which was recorded on June 21st, 1982, and broadcast on July 15th. The tracklisting for that session was: Wax And Wane, Garlands, Alas Dies Laughing, and Feathers-Oar-Blades.

Each Cocteau Twins album had its own vocal style, but here is the only time we hear her voice unaltered, singular and clean, and for this reason alone this album is worth it for any fan of hers. The album is enjoyable as a whole, although not diverse like "Head Over Heels" or "Treasure" (after that they adopted a more thematic approach to structuring albums). Highlight tracks include the dizzyingly strange "Wax and Wane", the emotionally indescribable "Blind Dumb Deaf" and probably the catchiest track on the album, "But I'm Not".


1 Blood Bitch
2 Wax And Wane
3 But I'm Not
4 Blind Dumb Deaf
5 Shallow Then Halo
6 The Hollow Men
7 Garlands
8 Grail Overfloweth


  • Producer – Ivo*
  • Producer, Written-By – Cocteau Twins


℗&© 1982

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: 8-071
  • SPARS Code: AAD
  • Barcode: none

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
CAD 211 Cocteau Twins Garlands ‎(LP, Album) 4AD CAD 211 UK 1982
MG 0664 Cocteau Twins Garlands ‎(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records MG 0664 Poland Unknown
7243 841946 2 8 Cocteau Twins Garlands ‎(CD, Album) Labels, 4AD 7243 841946 2 8 France 1993
GAD 211 CD Cocteau Twins Garlands ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD GAD 211 CD US 2003
VIN180LP012 Cocteau Twins Garlands ‎(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Vinyl 180, 4AD VIN180LP012 UK 2009