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Iceblink Luck

this is a really good EP. I love mizake the mizan.they the other two are fine but not my favorite like track two!
written by good luck on June 02, 1999

I always thought this song was a tad underwhelming on record...but live...especially at the Royal Festival Hall gig, this just blew me away. I swear the white noise section was louder than the Valentines. Just blew your head off! The clash between the beautiful and ugly noise was just incredible. At the Pheonix Festival this was truly awesome. I went for a pee aferwards and (I swear!) everyone was in tears.
written by Gareth Davies (gdavies01@hoitmail.com ) on January 02, 1999

The title track is good, but has never been one of my HOLV favourites. However, the b-sides.. Whereas Watchlar is a peculiarily catchy number with Liz punctuating in a way that makes you jump over a simple but smooth arrangement, the exclamation mark belongs to Mizake the Mizan, truly one of their most precious moments ever. This one encapsules in 3 minutes all that, to me, Cocteau Twins are about in the 90's. The slow beat drains your heart in an instant of shallowness, and as if that isn't enough Liz's voice soars even more effortlessly than elsewhere, only this time not just communicating beauty but also heartfelt emotion. It is moving, stunning - present.
written by mizan (rotarot@yahoo.com ) on September 03, 1998

I LOVE THIS...thats all I can say....Iceblick Luck is amazing
written by sam (cygnus@emirates.net.ae ) on August 22, 1998

Personally, I can take or leave the title track. I don't care for the mix at all. HOWEVER (big however there) this must be owned for the additional tracks. I think they're (a) better sound-wise, and, (b) I like the songs themselves more than most of HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS. "Misake the Mizan" and "Watchlar" are radiant, yet mysterious stuff, like, say, "Eggs And Their Shells" on ECHOES IN A SHALLOW BAY. Somehow, when I listen to them, they remind me of the colors on the cd insert... ESSENTIAL ESSENTIAL ESSENTIAL!
written by warren j. g. mianecke (wmianecke@mag.rochester.edu ) on April 16, 1998

I may be lambasted for this, but I actually think this ep is qualitatively better than HOLV itself. I think Mizake & Watchlar are the two best songs from that era (kinda like how "orange appled" isn't even on the original version of Love's Easy Tears or "Speak no Evil" wasn't included on the vinyl or cassette of Garlands. It has a sweeter, more intimate feel than the album. Kind of an "all through the night" sentiment. Makes me wish I had a penthouse apartment in a big city & someone to waltz with in it.
written by Dreadnaut (dtmarlow@hiwaay.net ) on April 11, 1998

Iceblink Luck and Watchlar are fine songs, but Mizake the Mizan is what really makes this three-track single worth owning. Mizake the Mizan reminds me a lot of Wolf in the Breast, my favorite track on the Heaven or Las Vegas album and one of my favorite songs of all time. Wolf in the Breast may have more vocal and instrumental layers, but Liz's (insert complimentary adjective here) voice really shines in Mizake the Mizan. I only wish another single or accompanying EP had been released with Heaven or Las Vegas -- hearing remixes or, better yet, acoustic versions of some of that album's engaging tracks certainly would be a treat.
written by Brian (sandford@southeast.net ) on November 30, 1997

Watchlar remains one of the most brilliant CT tracks, eclipsing the other two on this essential CD. I only wish the Twins would put out more of this funky electronic groove type thing (not the boring repitition of Otherness, mind you). Love it.
written by Ernie (ealopez@csupomona.edu ) on November 11, 1997

This EP confirms the "Doug theory" (correct until proven otherwise) that the two extra cuts provided with the marketed single are more satisfying then the selected single. Who picks the singles anyway? They are rarely what I consider to be the strongest cuts on the album. Anyhow, Iceblink Luck is a great, "catchy" pop-ish song, but the undisputed standout here is "Watchlar". What can I say? It's a mesmerizing Liz vocal with lots of tasty overdubs wafting in out of the soundscape. Great song. The mechanized syncopated rhythm of the song is real departure from the usual guitar based sound - and it's a big success. By the way, I have a vague recollection of a Tolkien character by that name. Up in a tree or something. "Mizake the Mizan" is a lullaby of great beauty and simplicity, sounds really personal.
written by Doug (dcmoon@capnet.ucla.edu ) on May 01, 1997

I LIKE THIS SINGLE FOR YOUR BEUTYLYRICS AND YOUR B-SIDE TO.IF YOUR ARE FAN OF COCTEAU TWINS WRITE TO ME MY ADDRES IS :TORRE LAGUNA #160,COL.VALLE DE TORREMOLINOS, GUADALUPE,MONTERREY,MEXICO. C.P.67170.
written by JOSE DE JESUS BARRIOS MTZ. on October 28, 1996

This is a must-have single, especially if you enjoyed Heaven or Las Vegas. When I first purchased it, I played it over and over and over again. "Iceblink luck" itself is a wonderful song that just oozes happiness and brilliance. I can't sit still when I hear it! The second song, "Mizake the mizan", takes us from the air to the earth and slows things down a bit. It's a gorgeous ballad--Liz's vocals lazily drift over a simple guitar part and a slow, heavy bassline. "Watchlar" is the final song on the single. It's a groovy, electronic creature consisting of only keyboards, drum machine, and Liz. The combination of her unrestrained voice and the rigid, unchanging tempo and rhythm is quite striking. These two extra songs are of exceptional quality and could have easily been on the album (HoLV) itself. This is a GEM--buy it!
written by Lysa (dijit@acadiacom.net ) on October 24, 1996