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Bluebeard

i just got my hands on the bluebeard EP. bluebeard is a great song, obviously, it has worked its way into muzak-land...i think three-swept and ice-pulse fit in with the blue bell knoll material. they have a lot of the same styles of instrumentation, synthesizer/keyboard backdrop. i wonder if the b-sides were actually written in 1994 or taken from 1988? anyone else think so?
written by ethereal (ethereal01@aol.com ) on December 08, 1998

the Bluebeard ep breaks the atmosphere of gloom pervasive in most of the 4CC era material, creating an aural environment that feels like a sleepy, futuristic miniature snow-carnival, and explores it in a childlike, playful way. a bright companion for the winter months, or a scoop of musical ice cream in the heat of summer, it is a treat. I personally feel that "Ice Pulse" is one of the best songs from this era, definitely the best b-side from this era, sweet, like a beautiful revelation or a treasured memory. And the acoustic bluebeard is a nice, whimsical dose of sacre francais (although a bit sketchy - like a demo rather than a true release). Overall, a very worthwhile purchase.
written by dreadnaut (dtmarlow@hiwaay.net ) on May 17, 1998

Bluebeard. What a song. I relate so much to this song right now because I'm going through an attraction for someone and when I was watching the video for it for the millionth time it hit me. "Is he the right man for me?" "Are you safe, are you my friend?" Liz you are my little angel from heaven and I love you.
written by jason k (whitefury@stans.com ) on May 04, 1998

I can't help but compare the BLUEBEARD e.p. to the EVANGELINE e.p. I feel the additonal tracks on BLUEBEARD sound like demos, in need of some fleshing-out. They're sketchy and lean away from guitars and towards more electronic sounds. However, they're fun, and essential for completists, and the acoustic "Bluebeard" is SO silly and loopy, it seems to give us a glimpse into the Twins' songwriting/recording process, and, is that laughter I hear in the mix? Overall, this shows what a strong song "Bluebeard" is, it totally holds its own as a single.
written by warren j. g. mianecke (wmianecke@mag.rochester.edu ) on April 20, 1998

When I started listening to Cocteau Twins, I remember looking at their lengthy list of LPs, EPs and singles and thinking, "They've written so many songs ... those releases must be LOADED with 'filler' material." After buying my first few Twins releases, I realized how wrong I'd been. Still, it took me a year to find the Bluebeard single, which, I believe, is probably the best example of the superb quality of the Twins' non-LP releases. The song "Bluebeard" appeals to almost everyone, but the acoustic "Bluebeard" and especially "Ice Pulse" are among my 10 favorite Twins songs of all time -- and that's high praise indeed. Also, just as Victorialand creates a mood of loneliness and Otherness a feeling of mystery, the Bluebeard single seems to be the most consistenty happy and spirited Twins release. If the three Four-Calendar Cafe satellite releases -- Bluebeard, the Evangeline single and the Snow EP -- were ever combined into a nine-song LP, I think it'd actually be better than the excellent album it compliments. ...
written by Brian Sandford (sandford@atlantic.net ) on February 13, 1998

You can't heal what you can't feel. "Bluebeard {Acoustic}" feels great!
written by SCOTTY B.H.P. (bghvn ) on June 22, 1997

GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT!
written by SFHko (SDEF@ergm.mlg.org ) on March 21, 1997

i feel kind of like i'm playing catch up with the times. i grew up listening to the music of the 80's underground, searching for it on labels like sst and homestead. i later found this mortal coil as a new release. 4ad is like its own fantasy world, so tightly wrapped and yet gothicly expansive inside. perfect for obsessive fans, watch out! but there's nothing to worry about; it's 1997. "modern-rock" is about to die as the major players of the music industry finally finish stuffing us with it until we burst. the funny thing is that with that type of mentality behind the scenes, the truly original output that was there in the first place was passed upon as still too strange. well, i knew back then in the 80's what i was looking for, as all music is a reflection of oneself, right? big sounds, big beautiful sounds. the cocteau twins are so large and dreamy and fantastic in their scope and sound and total fullfillment of a musical vision, to me they will always be synonymous with 4ad. and i've heard probably all of their material at one time or another, but for some reason, this ep really tagged me. it sounded less like something i could peg as having the consistent sound of the cocteaus, and more like music that was just really, really good. i borrowed this disc from a friend who was just crazy for 4ad stuff. this was my favorite from what he had. three totally great songs on this single, with the band expanding their use of instruments so as not to be limited to another, though beautiful, reworking of their basic dreamy guitar-drum machine-slow tempo-fluttering voice sound. to me, these were well thought out songs, crafted with care. this ep was like a gift to me. just when i thought all new rock was turned to shit, the cocteaus gave us all a gift. i can never get this one out of my head. that's my review. hey; does anybody know where i can still buy a copy of this?
written by soldierly yung buck (afsk-db-ysf-buck@emh3.korea.army.mil ) on January 07, 1997

i feel kind of like i'm playing catch up with the times. i grew up listening to the music of the 80's underground, searching for it on labels like sst and homestead. i later found this mortal coil as a new release. 4ad is like its own fantasy world, so tightly wrapped and yet gothicly expansive inside. perfect for obsessive fans, watch out! but there's nothing to worry about; it's 1997. "modern-rock" is about to die as the major players of the music industry finally finish stuffing us with it until we burst. the funny thing is that with that type of mentality behind the scenes, the truly original output that was there in the first place was passed upon as still too strange. well, i knew back then in the 80's what i was looking for, as all music is a reflection of oneself, right? big sounds, big beautiful sounds. the cocteau twins are so large and dreamy and fantastic in their scope and sound and total fullfillment of a musical vision, to me they will always be synonym
written by soldierly yung buck (afsk-db-ysf-buck@emh3.korea.army.mil ) on January 07, 1997

did anyone else get ripped off by the so-called 'french release' of the bluebeard single? it contains simply the album version of bluebeard and three-swept (no acoustic bluebeard, no icepulse...), yet costs the same. the problem was that i simply had a tape of the singles and finally decided to buy them on cd, but as i had no list of songs for the tape, i didn't know which b-sides were from which singles. so i bought the overpriced, undersonged 'bluebeard' and later realized it was supposed to have two more songs on it. i am just so mad...i mean, i go out and buy BOTH copies of the violaine single, BOTH copies of the tishbite single, ridiculous cds like 'the pink opaque' that have one remixed song and one new song and yet cost $25, and the japanese release of M&K for $30, which offers two extra tracks that can't be identified, and then i come to find they're simply the b-sides of one of the tishbite singles. grrr! i am such a loyal fan, and i just get so frustrated when i feel like i'm getting screwed with all these different releases of songs, etc. i'd feel better if someone else could at least tell me 'yeah, it happened to ME too!'. tell me i'm not the only easily-duped sucker of a twins fan...
written by ann (swirlygrrl@aol.com ) on December 29, 1996