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Love's Easy Tears

I am interested--strike that- loving! to see that others think this particular EP stands out. I got into the Twins via HoLV, then jumped around for awhile. I settled on BBK, Treasure and HOLV as my favorite discs, so probably no surprise that Love's Easy Tears is such a high point for me. Those Eyes, That Mouth. I actually think, as much as I reacted negatively to their post HoLV days early on, that there's a lot of that great up-in-the-clouds stuff on the later albums. (see someone else's comment on Rilkean Heart)
written by Tom Radke (tradke@marc.org ) on May 28, 1999

this is cocteau twins' greatest release. jepp, i think their peak came around this time. this is also were they are at their most ethereal i think... you can't really hear guitars, bass, but waves/walls of sound just drowning you and taking you to some unknown hidden paradise. apart from treasure it is on this ep, you'll find liz fraser's best vocal-performances. she is sertainly a hall of famer.
written by kev b (kevin.by@admtrd.ninaniku.no ) on May 20, 1999

...wow...I think I need to stress again that I love "Orange Appled"... (: ...honestly, I think now, this song is my second favorite Twins track of all-time...(#1 being "Calfskin Smack"...and #3 now being "Rilkean Heart"...) Very, very beautiful song...I love it... (:
written by Bryan McNeely (deepsympathy@yahoo.com ) on March 09, 1999

...just wanted to say that I think that "Orange Appled" is the best song that came out of the Box Set...I just got the Box Set yesterday, and after listening to all of the EP/LPs, "Orange Appled" is definately the most beautiful song from the collection..."Love's Easy Tears" is also the best EP out of the Box Set, too... (:
written by Bryan McNeely (deepsympathy@yahoo.com ) on March 07, 1999

without a doubt, this ep in the epitome of goregous beauty quietly kissing me on a moon lit nite. warm but sensualy chilly.
written by jack on March 01, 1999

As far as I'm concerned, the Twins peaked musically at about this time in their long and stunning existence. In 1986, we get not only the wonderful Victorialand album but this absolutely brilliant little gem. Each of the four tracks leaves me floating in a dreamy and intoxicated state and I never tire from listening to them. For me, "Sigh's Smell of Farewell" is possibly the best track CT track ever (the washes of guitar phasing towards the end always raises that tingling sensation that only comes from musical nirvana), closely followed by "Love's Easy Tears" and "Orange Appled". How do you choose? You don't have to. Just buy it - THE definitive CT release.
written by David Wells (dweller@ihug.co.nz ) on February 28, 1999

I've been listening to this EP for the last 6 years and despite my most sincere efforts, I have never ever grown tired of SIGH'S SMELL OF FAREWELL. This is one of the very rare things in life that leads me to belief that paradise is not just a vain promise but a vivid transcendent fact, with an early earthly accoustical transcription. SIGH'S SMELL OF FAREWELL IS THE SCENT OF HEAVEN. I thought before listening to this song that Bach was the only artist who could pretend to create such a supernatural effect, I'm happy to realise that I was wrong...
written by Francisco Carvajal (fcocarva@hotmail.com ) on February 24, 1999

Jeg har denne utgivelsen både på CD og vinyl, og jeg må si at vinyl-utgaven gir Love’s Easy Tears nytt liv. Dynamiken er av en helt annen dimensjon. Beats’en får ribbena mine til å vibrere, Simons bass er mye dypere og når refrenget hever et hakk på slutten av låta, dirrer hele rommet! Det er som et hav ~ en stor bølge som skyller over meg. Det er faktisk vanskelig å puste rett før det hele slokner og sender ekko rundt om i rommet. Fantastisk! Dette hørtes sikkert ultimat ut, men det er faktisk Those Eyes, That Mouth som gir meg den beste følelsen… Det er bare på BBK Liz slipper seg mer løs enn akkurat her. Sigh’s Smell of Farewell gir meg nesten alltid frysninger nedover ryggen. Den eier ingen vers-refreng-vers-refreng-struktur og er en av CTs store attraksjoner. Hele denne plata er et godt eksempel på CTs berømte “wall of sound”. Love’s Easy Tears ~ en perfekt intro til Blue Bell Knoll.
written by kev on November 19, 1998

I only bought this EP this year, though I have been a fan for 15 years, and could not believe what I have been missing out on. My first reaction was 'poor production', but after one listen to the bombastic Heaven or Las Vegas i quickly recoiled to all of CT's 'poor productions', and this is their most delicious output to date. The title track is stunning in force and simplicity, simply washing over you like the tide. I got a CD bootleg (Live in London 1986) where the rendering of this song is aweinspiring. The natural, almost brazen, style of singing Liz has on this EP is truly moving, continuing with Those Eyes, That Mouth, where celestial vocal melodies clash with almost un(sub-)human grunts. And uptempo too! Followed by the eversoothing Sigh's Smell of Farewell, numbly stumbling over repetitious themes to fall into air. Finally Orange Appled I already knew from a Melody Maker (I think) EP, but all the same it is a gem cascading warm colours, and has Liz more or less yodling! Its well-proportioned outlet of joy does not correspond to the other songs, though, but there it is: a foursome of lovely stuff.
written by mizan (rotarot@yahoo.com ) on August 26, 1998

I am sorry to say that i only got 3 tracks on my copy. I don’t have ”Orange appled”. I wonder why? I’ve heard heeps of positive stuff about that song so i guess i have to buy myself the CD-release as well. But anyway… Why complain when you got a song like ”Love’s easy tears” on it??? It got to be one of my big favourite songs from the Cocteau Twins, though i haven’t heard all their songs… You can definitaly find similarities to the ”Blue bell knoll”-album which was to come two years later, and that is a bigtime compliment. (Blue bell knoll has got to be the best thing they’ve ever released) You can also find the loveliest song to end an album with on this ep, ”Sigh’s smell of farewell”. The part at the end is so lovely, it’s spooky. It’s a shame it’s so short! But the best thing about this album, is the comforting title! So if you got any love-problems, just listen to ”Love’s easy tears”…
written by kevin by (kevin.by@admtrd.ninaniku.no ) on August 25, 1998

To me, this and Blue Bell Knoll are the *essential* CT. Love's Easy Tears is absolutely wondrous, and seems to me to be clearly a pinnacle of sorts. So much of their other stuff is actually experimental (although I love it all), like Victorialand, and Tiny Dynamine/Echoes, where Robin is trying to see how many rack-mounts in series it takes to get his guitar to sound like a bona fide keyboard, but to me Love's Easy Tears is what they're all about, and its solidness therein makes it what it is... absolutely perfect.
written by Micah Newman (mnewman@westmont.edu ) on July 21, 1998

THIS IS THE FIRST I HAVE EVER HEARD FROM THE WONDER TWIN POWER. I STOLE MY SISTER'S TAPE OF IT COUNTLESS TIMES. I BOUGHT IT EVERY TIME I SAW IT AND GAVE IT AWAY TO WORTHY BEHOLDERS. I HUMMED THE INTERTWINING MELODIES OVER AND OVER IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL P.E. THEY WERE MY INSTANT FAVORITE. I HAD FOUND MY TRUTH AT LAST.
written by JEANNETTEFAITH on June 11, 1998

...she oughta know", is perhaps the only lyric I can decipher from the title track of this truly hallucinating e.p. Gorgeous, crashing, spiraling sounds take the listener to a place of heart wrenching operatic calls This ep stands out to me out of all the cocteau twins albums because it 's their most experimental. The engineering, recording levels, layers and layers of sounds; it's easy to see the influence they had on My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" LP especially "To here knows when". Once in a while, when I need it this E.P. takes me away and saves me. I love how personal the Cocteau Twins can be...
written by g (JON5726040@aol.com ) on June 10, 1998

...she oughta know", is perhaps the only lyric I can decipher from the title track of this truly hallucinating e.p. Gorgeous, crashing, spiraling sounds take the listener to a place of heart wrenching operatic calls This ep stands out to me out of all the cocteau twins albums because it 's their most experimental. The engineering, recording levels, layers and layers of sounds; it's easy to see the influence they had on My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" LP especially "To here knows when". Once in a while, when I need it this E.P. takes me away and saves me. I love how personal the Cocteau Twins can be... teatatc bebe..... n bbebe
written by g (JON5726040@aol.com ) on June 10, 1998

I've been a CT fan for several years and was only listening to their album music, nothing from their EPs. Less than 2 weeks ago, I saw the promot video of Love's Easy Tears and fell in love with that song immediatelly. I borrowed the box set of 10 EPs from a new friend and I've been listening to that song every day, many times each day. I love it when I can't make out any sensible words that Liz is singing with her majestic voice. This song gives me goosebumps and makes me want to dance with joy. I'm serious man. I remember listening to incredibly often years ago and dancing to "In Our Angelhood." Love's Easy Tears now replaces In Our Angelhood as my all-time fave, over all groups, and I like lots of singers and groups. I've been a musician and guitarist for 24 years, and in my humble musical opinion, Liz has the most beautiful, ethereal and sweet voice of any female in music. I think like many of you out there, I would love to meet her and jam with her as well as just being close to her. There's something magical that comes across in her voice. Did I mention that she is a beautiful woman. The guitar part on this song may be simple, but Guthrie is a master of shimmering simplicity and the trebly tones of this tune are perfect. This song is a 10 out of 10. I'm glad I discovered it finally. If Liz and/or Robin might ever read this message, I would hope they may one day reunite and perform the magic of their music that we all love and adore. God bless you Liz, Robin and Simon. Love's Easy Tears has a lot of love in it. Au revoir. Jeff Karr in Encino, CA
written by Jeff Karr (jkarr@singercompany.com ) on April 17, 1998

LOVE'S EASY TEARS truly occupies its own place amidst CT releases. It's indulgent enough that you might either love it or be put off by it. ALL the sounds are CRANKED up on this. Guitars crush into each other, vocals soar, sounds flood your senses. I must admit, I have a hard time being at all critical of this because it touches me on such a personal level. Frankly, I LOVE It when Liz belts out those vocals, especially on "Those Eyes That Mouth". No doubt, this was rough on her voice and she had to curb these tendencies, but, I've always longed for more vocals like these. These songs are soaked in a sort of Romanticism, and they evoke many a gushing description. ALSO- if you're just now checking out Cocteau Twins and you happen to be a fan of My Bloody Valentine, this is DEFINATELY the place to start. VERY similar in sound...
written by warren j. g. mianecke (wmianecke@mag.rochester.edu ) on April 14, 1998

Walls of crashing luminescent tsunami sound like a fiery undersea carnival of burning passion and jealousy w/ "Sigh's Smell of Farewell" a regal baroque-rococo moment of hallucinogen halcyon calm amidst the electrified storm. (oh, and I am firmly convinced that that is a bit of marine photography w/ one of the color filters removed on the cover). True to the title, it's good for anyone in love - especially if it's unrequited or on the rocks. See "Orange Appled and swoon. With it - one of the better ep's. Without it - kind of average.
written by Dreadnaut (dtmarlow@hiwaay.net ) on April 11, 1998

Is it just me, or do the opening lines of Orange Appled sound like Chinese opera? Anyways, another excellent tidbit, but the way Love's Easy Tears was recorded, makes it hard to sound right on my stereo. Glad to see their productions values have improved much since then. I love those very 80's sounding bell synth sounds, very cool.
written by Ernie (ealopez@csupomona.edu ) on December 01, 1997

I don't know whether it's me or what but the title track of this thing is one of the most frustrating things I have ever heard. Liz sings most of it in her "middle" (an my favorite) voice - the harsher, cracking one - which has been scarce in recent years. She sings one of those melodies make me think I'm remembering something from before when I was born (even though I don't really believe any of that shit). The mix is bizzarely trebly and sort of obscures the track behind a screen of harshness - it's like you can see something painfully beautiful but you can't quite get at it. This is really frustrating and has resulted in my listening to this song way more often than I should. Seems like people tend to miss the violent, disturbing elements in the CT's music that to my ears seems to often co-exist with the more obvious beauty. This is one of my favorite songs ever by anyone.
written by Ian Kennedy (soreass@world.std.com ) on November 18, 1997

ORANGE APPLED, SIGHT;S SMELL OF FAREWELL, THE POETRY IN THIS SONGS IS BEATIFUL AND OBSCURE, TENDER AND NOSTALGIC, ARE THE BEST COMPOSSITION AND PERFORMANCE BY A WOMAN SINCE EDITH PIAFF.
written by CARLOS TRUJILLO (CARTRUJILLO@HOTMAIL.COM ) on November 15, 1997

ORANGE APPLED, SIGHT;S SMELL OF FAREWELL, THE POETRY IN THIS SONGS IS BEATIFULL AND OBSCURE, TENDER AND NOSTALGIC, ARE THE BEST LIZ'S COMPOSSITION AND PERFORMANCE BY A WOMAN SINCE EDITH PIAFF.
written by CARLOS TRUJILLO (CARTRUJILLO@HOTMAIL.COM ) on November 15, 1997

Oh ! does anybody speak french here ? Is there any people in France that love COCTEAU TWINS ? I'm asking ... oh et puis je ne peux pas me re- tenir d'écrire en francais ; bon dieu, quand même, il y a bien des français qui aiment les CT, ou alors je peux me pendre. LOVE'S EASY TEARS est l'un des mes disques préfé- rés (quand bien même ce n'est pas un album) car il développe la quintessence des CT ; spécialement les titres 1 (celui de l'album) et 3 (Sigh's smell of farewell) ; on y trouve exactement ce qu'ont inventé les CT, dans la pureté d'un style jamais (et c'est heureux, je ne vois pas ce qu'ont pour- rait faire d'autre, ni de mieux) égalé ; l'aspect hypnotique et lointain, l'enveloppe généreuse,la mélodie chargée, à la limite du surchargé (limite jamais atteinte) y est présente à son plus haut degré... il n'y a qu'un mot : quintessence du style. Ce disque apparaît historiquement, et ce n'est pas pour rien, juste entre TREASURE et BLUE BELL KNOLL, 2 des meilleurs albums (avec HEAVEN OR ..., pur chef-d'oeuvre également) des CT. RIen à redire ; juste réécouter ces quatre titres ; et puis juste mettre CRUSHED après (qui est vraiment un enfant perdu de LOVE'S EASY TEARS).
written by Laurent Le Coustumer (Laurent.le-coustumer@wanadoo.fr ) on September 03, 1997

this is the high pitched e.p.. the waves of treble abound. very nice. it's cheery like christmas time. so beautiful...
written by freshie on June 13, 1997

Okay. This was a song. I had listened to Love's Easy Tears romping sadly as my dog did trapped on the rug, staring outside with hazy glazed eyes, wondering why her sore hips would not let her run away over the grass with her little boy screetching funnily after her, waving his hands so happy and her tail so happy no more. But I sat and listened to the fuzzy music quality of Love's Easy Tears, my dog's dying nose on my lips.
written by September Virgin (mouse@network.ucsd.edu ) on June 04, 1997

The cover of this one perfectly conveys what it is, and what it "feels" like. "Love's Easy Tears" (the song) splashes through clear ponds and random mud puddles. "Sigh's Smell of Farewell" is a delicate, porcelain soundtrack to good-bye for anyhting and everything you've ever loved and lost. "Orange Appled" bubbles, and tastes like the mini-rainbows after a new rain. "Those Eye, That Mouth" assembles visions of hazy 1940's films and summer evenings... So, do I like this EP? No, not really. It's only probably the best EP they ever did (although "Sunburst" and "Aikea" are close behind... and "Spangle," too).
written by juju on April 06, 1997

dripping....melting ice and it takes me away to the land of milk and honey
written by sprklgurl (edarbysh@acs.ryerson.ca ) on March 14, 1997

My favorite, by just a bit over Aikea-Guinea. I was introduced to C.T. by a beautiful and charming lady. Wish her the best in grad school. Now back to the music. The first track just contains the raw driven energy of Liz's angst and it is deeply felt by myself. It is a complete display of venting out her (my) anger over relationships. Then just as you are ready to kill anyone who plays mind games with you the "Sighs of..." track convinces you that love can happen. It is a lovely tune that puts my mind in a state of serenity! Well that's about the gist of my opinion.
written by J. P. (joponce@students.wisc.edu ) on January 28, 1997

4 more songs that when you listen to them, you wonder how you spent so much time without them! But isn't it like that with every release of theirs?
written by Timmy on November 03, 1996

oh oh oh. "sigh's smell of farewell" does/says all. Let me explain; the escalating sense of wonder and beauty,ebbing into softness and power at the same time. You NEED this song on most days...trust me you do!!!
written by lisa on October 17, 1996

My god, I remember the first time for this track. A girl who was wooing me saw treasure in my collection and let me borrow her LET 7 inch (which I have managed to hold on to all these years;) ) I set up the turntable and tape deck to record it, I had a funky both sides playing wacko thing back then, and ran off to class. I had forgotten about it up until I was ready to drive home for holidays and grabbed it for a listen in the car. It was raining in the green mountains of VT as I drove on a winding route 9. Then as the clouds cleared the thundering chorus hit and I burst into frenzied sobbing. What a Fucking Tune!!!!!
written by Stuart on October 08, 1996

This CD single has been one of my favorites for years. It's emotionally charged, running the gamut of pain and angst along with some superlative beauty. "Love's Easy Tears" is the most painful song. It's then smoothed over with the other beautiful songs, ending with the wonderfully enigmatic "Orange Appled". I love this CD single. It's a must.
written by David Hillis (astroboy@magiclink.com ) on September 26, 1996