Cocteau Twins ‎– Garlands

4AD ‎– CAD 211
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Blood Bitch 4:37
A2 Wax And Wane 4:02
A3 But I'm Not 2:49
A4 Blind Dumb Deaf 3:46
B1 Shallow Then Halo 5:15
B2 The Hollow Men 5:03
B3 Garlands 4:31
B4 Grail Overfloweth 5:23

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Liner notes:
Engineered by Eric and John at Blackwing.
'Déar Carol, Wé shall both die in your rósary: Elizabeth'.

Pressed at MPO Averton.

℗ 1982 4 A.D.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): MPO CAD 211 A¹ BILBO TAPE ONE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): MPO CAD 211 B¹ BILBO TAPE ONE

Other Versions (5 of 34) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MG 0664 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0664 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
7243 841946 2 8 Cocteau Twins Garlands(CD, Album) Labels, 4AD 7243 841946 2 8 France 1993 Sell This Version
VIN180LP012 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Vinyl 180, 4AD VIN180LP012 UK 2009 Sell This Version
CAD C 211 Cocteau Twins Garlands(Cass, Album, RE, Cle) 4AD CAD C 211 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CAD 211 Cocteau Twins Garlands(LP, Album, TP, Sta) 4AD CAD 211 UK 1982 Sell This Version


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November 3, 2017
Siouxie and the Banshees as well as Bauhaus loom large over this LP, but it does of course have its own colours too. More overtly melodic and self-similar in instrumentation and sonics than the Banshees, for example, and Elizabeth Frazers vocals are always a joy. They improved a lot from this promising start...


June 7, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
Somewhere halfway down the early-era Mute (due to the use of similar synthdrum patterns in most songs) with bizarre Siouxsie/Yazoo-ish leanings, Cocteau Twins ignited their beautiful firestorm that will rapidly progress with every next record.

In stark contrast to their later albums however, "Garlands" is definitely rawer and more experimental a debut, but the established trademark sound is already there and at full pace knocking on 1983's door - merciless hazy guitars ("Psychocandy" was still some years away), brushed along distant, murky basslines with Elisabeth Fraser's gorgeously agitated glossolalia attacks. Intense and nostalgic, it's a beautifully disturbing little story told, getting away with its secret kept safe.

Originally 8 songs alone, 4AD's earlier CD edition is of particular recommendation due to its included extras - a stunning Peel Session which already marks sound improvement ("Dear Heart" especially sends shivers down the spine, an odd track that never resurfaced in studio form other than this session) plus a few stunning early studio outtakes that were intended for the album but were left off in the end - the claustrophobic-agoraphobic stare of "Speak No Evil" and the tantrum that is "Perhaps Some Other Aeon".


March 10, 2015

Young vibrant but undeniably dark and Gothic.


August 3, 2012
Not a scottish gig but a London gig:[Brixton 1982] Alas Dies Laughing + Wax And Wane


May 26, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
A totally unique album. Cocteau Twins found their definite style only after the release of this, their first album, yet Garlands stands on its own merit and has never been matched by the Cocteau Twins or any other band before or after.
Garlads owes much more to new wave than later Cocteau Twins works. Still it's probably the first dream pop/shoegazer album ever. It's not all about bliss, though; musically as well as lyrically it's very dark. Pronounced basslines and very solid beatmachine programming compliment the typical fluid guitar. But most of all there's no song on this album without at least one startling melodic idea by Elizabeth Fraser.
To me, one of the best albums ever made.