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Aikea-Guinea

Aikea Guinea is a good song, but not as good as people are saying in here.. I find it a bit lazy and average, they have alot better songs out there, infact this is my least favorite song on this EP.I do like it though don't get me wrong. JAKE.
written by Jake on June 02, 1999

AIKEA GUINEA : like a kiss in the dark.......
written by alex (cocteaudream@hotmail.com ) on March 31, 1999

AIKEA GUINEA : like a kiss in the dark.......
written by alex (cocteaudream@hotmail.com ) on March 31, 1999

The first time I heard the song "Aikea Guinea," I knew the Cocteau twins were one of the most remarkable bands ever. The guitars notes are almost exactly the same as the song "The Other Body," by His Name is Alive (another 4AD signing), which is one of my favourite bands. Naturally, I was elated to hear something with a similar sound. "Aikea Guinea" rocks, and its definitely a classic for the 4AD collector.
written by Rakim (crculver@aol.com ) on December 10, 1998

Når jeg lytter til denne platen, kommer jeg i en helt spesiel stemning. Det er først å fremst p.g.a. at coveret og den musikalske atmosfæren passer så godt sammen. En tropisk men allikevell ganske kjølig atmosfære. Da jeg hørte Aikea~Guinea for første gang, var jeg i ren ekstase. Tittelkuttet og Quisquose var de som fenget mest ved første gjennomlytting, men i dag ~ 4 måndere etter ~ er Kookaburra og Rococo mine favoritter. Kookaburra er etter min mening, ei CT topp 5 låt. Upbeat, utenomgjordisk gitarspill og en uforglemmelig melodi. Liz stemme her er veldig rett fram, men det passer veldig godt til resten av musikken. Rococo viser hvor dyktige CT egentlig er til skape musikalske landskap. I dette tilfellet ~ en tropisk storm. Den rocker vilt også…
written by kev on November 19, 1998

This four track EP features the original mix of "Aikea Guinea" -- a song that always defines the Cocteau sound for people who are familiar with this music. The mix on this EP is very good in its own right, but subsequent remixing for the American release of "The Pink Opaque" really polished this song to perfection. The background "spinning" was slowed down so the music could really resonate and breathe. This is a science, ya know. Excellent either way, but I have my preference. The second song "Kookaburra" needed to be on CD, simply because Liz was once again pushing the physical limits of vinyl with her high musings. My favorite here is "Quisquose" -- no specific reasons for this choice...but go with it anyway. The last track is an instrumental, and though never quite dipping low to self-indulgent flatulence, I always wind up missing Liz. Thing is, I can't imagine her doing anything with the music anyway.........you know instrumentals!
written by Doug (noomguod@pacbell.net ) on November 08, 1998

i have listened very carefully to aikea-guinea and its predecessors as well as its successors. aikea-guinea and tiny dynamine strike me as being closer in musical style than do tiny dynamine and echoes in a shallow bay. i think that it is the beginning of the CT sound to be found on the releases of the 1990's. there is such passion on aikea-guinea. i get this sense of elation every time i listen to both a-g and tiny dynamine. they are the sounds of joy, more than any other CT recording. i admit, i started getting into the CT late in their career and my first album was 4CC so the older material was different...often with an edge on it that the works of the 1990's don't have. these 2 releases a-g and td strike a balance between the lush production of the later works and the harsher singles of the early 80's. why doesn't tiny dynamine have its own review section? i think that an elan (on tishbite) came from the ideas set forth on td, notably the way ms. fraser uses breath separation to give punctuation to the lyrics (plain tiger would be the closest example to an elan i think). these are definitely my favorite singles/EP's though....
written by ethereal (ethereal01@aol.com ) on November 05, 1998

After reading the ”history”-part on your web-site and the reviews by other fans, i must say my expectations for this ep was pretty high. So when i finally found it and gave it my first listen, i was practically high up in the air. I was flouting above my sofa where i was sitting at the time. It certainly lived up to its expectations, i must say… The title-track has this perfect rise at the end which sends shivers down my spine. ”Kookaburra” has some lovely parts as well but it’s not until i turn the b-side and starts listening to ”Quisquose”, that i really get so touched by the music that i can start laughing through tears and forget about everything else. Then there’s ”Rococo” which i infact can head-bang to. It reminds me of something dramatic but yet beutifull. A tropical storm sounds fine…
written by kevin by (kevin.by@admtrd.ninaniku.no ) on August 21, 1998

Why the same style "crushed" came so much later? It's the Cocteau twins that I know, and love. Lryics destroy the song, it's better to be like Liz' style.
written by Ed. (ekuo@homemail.com ) on August 13, 1998

PEARLYDEWDROPSDROPS BEFORE SWINE!!!!! I FOUND MY GORGEOUS 12" VINYL OF AIKEA-GUINEA AT A GOODWILL THRIFT STORE FOR 40 CENTS!!! (IN ADDITION TO OTHER WONDERFUL FINDS.) I WILL TREASURE THIS LULLABY FOREVER. I LOVE TWINS!
written by JEANNETTE FAITH on May 19, 1998

sublime.
written by t. jeff cuppett (cuppett.1@osu.edu ) on May 09, 1998

aikea guinea is sheer magic.
written by joe (heretoday7@aol.com ) on April 25, 1998

Wow... Four astounding songs that defy genres and definition. Dense, resonant (and confident) stuff. The title track takes the sound of "Pearly Dewdrops' Drops" and crystallizes it. It approaches you, surrounds you for a few minutes and leaves you happy in its wake... "Kookaburra" smashes into your face and hits you with wave after wave of guitars... "Quiscose" seems to wander the depths of despair, reminiscent of Meredith Monk's work... Chilling... "Rococo" is, well, classic 4AD sound, as defined, dare I say it, by Cocteau Twins. Reels you in and inundates you with guitar and bass... As perfect as a four-song e.p. can get... PLUS- it holds up SO well when played LOUD! AND- In my opinion, the most beautiful 4AD cover art of all...
written by warren j. g. mianecke (wmianecke@mag.rochester.edu ) on April 15, 1998

Akiea-Guinea is a wonderful EP. My favorite tracks here are Kookaburra and Rococo. Suprisingly, no one has mentioned Rococo, and IMO this is a very powerful, visceral piece of instrumental sculpture. A refreshing change of pace from the previous work.
written by Ernie (ealopez@csupomona.edu ) on December 01, 1997

Aikea-Guinea and Quisquose are the two songs that make the box set of singles I have fantastic. Whereas the entire Victorialand takes me someplace, this single helps in bringing forth special memories.
written by AKK (akarling@ucla.com ) on August 26, 1997

Like many other fans, I first discovered the song "Aikea-Guinea" on The Pink Opaque compilation. It wasn't until several years later when I finally acquired the entire vinyl EP (back when 4AD was strictly imported, quite expensive, and relatively difficult to find--in the Midwest anyway). Generally, I don't subscribe to the Casey Kasem theory of listing and ranking, but I would have to count "Aikea-Guinea" as one of my favorite songs of all time... it's a song that never grows tiresome after countless listens, and it never ages--it's as emotionally relevant now as it was then. I realized the power and intensity of this song one afternoon this summer when I was riding through a long sightless stretch of Michigan with my father, and I was on the verge of sleeping while a Cocteau Twins compilation (of my own devising) was playing:I heard his whistling the "chorus," and he had never heard the song before. It's just that kind of song for anyone with any appreciation of beauty: it strikes you instantly and moves you. I know, it sounds odd and a tad bit like the ramblings of an "overzealous" fan to make such claims, but I think back on all the difficult and wonderful times through the years which have been accompanied by this very song, and I know it is important. There has been nothing like it since from any artist. I guess that is what makes the Cocteau Twins so special.
written by anonymous reviewer on June 23, 1997

The title track was the first Twins song I ever heard. I found it on "PINK OPAQUE" first. ( By the way "PINK OPAQUE" is an essential Twins album no collection should be without!) But, when I finally got the 12' single a few months later, "QUISQOUSE" was what really blew me away! It was so urgent and soulful. Liz sings the BLUES! That dissonant piano! FABULOUS!
written by SCOTTY B.H.P. (bghvn@hotmail.com ) on June 22, 1997

"Aikea-Guinea", "Tiny Dynamine" and (especially) "Echoes in A Shallow Bay" are very "witchcraft-ic" yet divine song collections ever. Listening to these EPs I see a girl in white dancing and singing in the rain. No one can help, no one can hurt her. There is the rain and there're you.
written by denis (215mdv@ccmath.nsu.ru ) on May 05, 1997

Aikea-Guinea is an excellent EP, and the song itself is absolutely beautiful. Kookaburra, on this EP, is my favorite Cocteau song. The song is filled with lot's of trills and gutteral sounds. The singing and music fill me euphoria--for that is how I imagine Liz while its playing. Aikea-Guinea is special to me because is the first Cocteau Twins song I had ever heard. I was listening to a community radio station one night when I was in high school. One of the D.J.'s played an hour of a "unique Scottish band" which I'd never heard of before. I taped the show only to find out the tape plyer had shut off too early. All that survived of this unearthly music was thirty seconds of Aikea-Guinea. After a year, I finally tracked down their "new" album, The Pink Opaque.
written by manzil (ponyboyii@msn.com ) on May 02, 1997

If FCC was the BEST ALBUM EVER, Aikea Guinea is THE BEST EP EVER. Aikea Guinea, Love's Easy Tears and Pur are the Best Songs ever written in the history of music. The Video for Love's Easy Tears is nothing short of awesome. When Liz sings the chorus and her mouth starts that little vibrating motion she is known for, there are no words to describe the chills that run down my spine. Also the video for Aikea Guinea is one of the better, more ephemeral videos that the Twins have done. It really fits the song very well, in fact they should consider the director of that video for all their others. Elizabeth's uncontrolled laughter in Aikea Guinea is one of those rare personal glimpses that the goddess affords us. Simply brilliant
written by a name (an email ) on March 10, 1997

aikea-guinea is the first cocteau twins song i ever heard. a friend played it for me, and i felt as though angels were descending from heaven in a crescendo of ecstasy. it is still my favorite cocteau twins song!
written by rob thurlow (rthurlow@mail.utexas.edu ) on January 25, 1997

All I can say is this album makes me weepy every time I listen to its beautiful melodies so as you can imagine Im weepy quite alot... QUISQUOSE is no doubt the best song ever written in the history of man-kind if i met the cocteaus...i'd cower at their feet
written by sprklgurl (edarbysh@acs.ryerson.ca ) on December 05, 1996

"Love's Easy Tears" reaches into your soul and explodes with a ethereal plume of ecstasy that carries your heart to where it has never gone.
written by N8 on October 26, 1996

the most worthwhile 15 minutes you could spend (including the time it takes to put the record on the turntable).
written by little spacey on October 16, 1996

Aikea Guinea is one of those rare moments in your life when the hair on the back of your neck stands up. Fortunately for us, the music that we write does often tend to do that to us. I remember when we came to make this ep, we were booked into this beautiful old residential studio about 40 miles outside London, where the food and accomodation was all laid on for us. Tiny little bedrooms with old oak beams and log fires and all that caper, seemed at the time quite appealing, but as they say you can't make a silk purse out of a pig's ear. It was also the first time we had used digital recording. The end results were actually quite disappointing from a technical point of view, but the collection of songs we wrote and recorded in that four day period were a sign of what we could potentially do. With Treasure we perhaps were a bit self-conscious as we'd never really spent time together in a studio before, but for this ep, we loosened up alot, tried different instruments, for example on Quisquose, Robin and I both strapped on large dildos, oh!no sorry that was another time! no, we both strapped on 6 string basses, and wrote the song from there, with no guitars at all, oh! yes maybe one. With Aikea Guinea, Robin played the bass, and I, that little noodling guitar part, and for all of this, whilst the sound quality is a bit iffy, I still get the shivers when I hear these songs. This undoubtedly explains why we have, on every tour since then always managed to find the occasion to play it! Simon Raymonde Oct 96
written by Simon Raymonde on October 15, 1996

i heard this for the first time just this summer, right before the band came to San Rancisco (6/22/ 96). i've learned to play it on the guitar and is one of my favorite songs. in fact, i think i want this song playing while i die. this revuew was mistakenly also put under "garlands" by mistake.............. i can't even remember what "garlands" sounds like.
written by sfjim (sfjim@hotmail.com ) on October 12, 1996