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Evangeline

The b-side Summer-blink in about self-respect and this song always makes me feel good about myself and my life and we always need that uplifting feeling about ourselves from time to time. This song cuts it.
written by Jason K (whitefury@hotmail.com ) on December 23, 1998

Who in the world told you before the story of Echo and Narcissus, in any way to start, and not only that but with such a delighful shaking, as if you were a baby and heaven's voice telling you this tale to keep you pleased in the arms of colours and stars...
written by Luis Bernal (luber1000@yahoo.com ) on October 26, 1998

"Summerblink" is available on the "Doom Generation" Soundtrack. You gotta love Gregg Araki for having excellent taste in music. Curve's "On The Wheel" is featured too....just in case you're into that sort of thing!
written by Doug (noomguod@pacbell.net ) on May 16, 1998

This EP was the first release of the Four-Calendar Cafe era, and it helped stave off my hunger for the full album. I love the cover art and the painted disc, but the music is the real showstopper here. You can see my review of "Evangeline" under the FCC heading (that ending line just kills me), so we are going to talk about the two exclusive cuts that are also featured. The second song "Mud And Dark" has lots of tasty Fraserspeak and a great melody. Liz's voice is split into gorgeous highs and lows, and it's very satisfying to listen to. What can you say, other than it is an indespensible Cocteau must-have. It is hard to really reduce these things to words, other than saying that if you don't have it you're really missing out. The next cut "Summerblink" involves themes of self-acceptance and appreciation. These are real lyrics from the real person, framed in perfect sounds from Robin and Simon. Love the guitar treatment on this one. One of the two extra cuts is available on the "Doom Generation" soundtrack, just in case you can't find this EP. It's somewhat rare now.
written by Doug (noomguod@pacbell.net ) on May 05, 1998

The discerning, critical side of me wants to say that the additional tracks here are fluff, Liz's introspective lyrics going a bit too far. However, this is one of those Cocteau's cases where I'm won over despite myself. These don't go off in any particularly adventurous directions. They're basically ear-candy. However, they truly touch me... the music is radiant and the discernable words work both as sounds AND lyrics, becoming a sort of mantra. (I recall reading an interview where someone observed that Liz must've been pretty secure with herself when she wrote this and she basically said, "Bullsh*t." She'd LIKE to feel that way.)NOT ground-breaking stuff (though I feel "Evangeline" IS.), and rather formulaic, but, the formula works for this listener.
written by warren j. g. mianecke (wmianecke@mag.rochester.edu ) on April 20, 1998

More of Liz Frasers dreary self-help lyrics and a chilly, impossibly pristine sound make this one of my least favorite Cocteau Twins releases despite the angelic rapture of the title track. The melodies seem almost an empty, halfhearted gesture, lacking the passion and humanity of most other CD releases. This is minty, silver plated, flaccid flab.
written by Dreadnaut (dtmarlow@hiwaay.net ) on April 11, 1998

Anyone ever thought about how masterful the complete "package" is that CT put together for all their wonderful releases? By that I mean not only the comprehensive and careful arrangement of music, but the CDand jewel case artwork as well. I just can't get enough of their conceptual endeavors. I was lucky enough to pick up a record store "promo" heavy laminate mini poster for the Otherness EP, and gosh, is it heart-stoppingly austere in it's layout. Anyone ever hear of Lifeboat Matey? Commercial/private outfit, website, etc.? Great tune Mud and Dark. Makes me think about the riddle that true love is.
written by Brad (mbbeltz@worldnet.att.net ) on January 29, 1998

che, Scotty, sabé lo que so bos, bo sou 'n hinorante, so.. una bestia, una bestia e cuatro pata. Aguantee Argentina, muchacho !!!
written by luis betanzo (9dejulio@bariloche.com.ar ) on January 21, 1998

This EP is essential if only for the brilliant Narsissus/Echo fable "Mud & Dark". I think it is quite possible that I have listened to this stunning track more often than any other Twins song, ever. And it never fails to make me run the full gamut of my emotions, leaving me nearly sobbing, and utterly moved. It is as sad, and tragic as the Greek myth that spawned it. "Summer-Blink" finds Liz in a contemplative mood, counting her blessings, and thankful for all that is life affirming.
written by SCOTTY B.H.P. (bgvhn@hotmail.com ) on February 14, 1997

This EP is essential if only for the brilliant Narsissus/Echo fable "Mud & Dark". I think it is quite possible that I have listened to this stunning track more often than any other Twins song, ever. And it never fails to make me run the full gamut of my emotions, leaving me nearly sobbing, and utterly moved. It is as sad, and tragic as the Greek myth that spawned it. "Summer-Blink" finds Liz in a contemplative mood, counting her blessings, and thankful for all that is life affirming.
written by SCOTTY B.H.P. (bgvhn@hotmail.com ) on February 14, 1997

i can't believe john jeffrey hasn't posted a review yet!
written by mender (scribble@netcom.ca ) on November 09, 1996