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A Decent Grab-Bag Collection.,
This review is from: Pink Opaque (Audio CD)
"The Pink Opaque" is an odds-and-ends compilation which pulls together tunes from previous albums and EPs, as well as two rare tracks: a remix of "Wax and Wane" and "Millimillenary," which appeared on a 45 with an old issue of the Brit music mag NME. Covering a period from 1982-85, "The Pink Opaque" is a decent collection that captures the dark atmospherics and etheral touches of the Cocteau Twins, mostly distinguished by the lovely (if inchoherent) warblings of its lead singer Elizabeth Fraser. The remix of "Wax and Wane" is more aggressive in tone and eliminates the drum machine that surfaces on the original. "Hitherto" moves along with gloomy guitars and crisp drums, while "Aikea Guinea" stands out with Fraser in good vocal form. While I'd normally suggest that the casual listener grab their individual LPs, "The Pink Opaque" is a worthy consideration for Cocteau completists.