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The Moon and The Melodies

Just had a wonderful image, that I wanted to share. I'm listening to "The Moon and the Melodies", while watching computer generated animations of the Mars Global Surveyer circling, mapping, and viewing Mars. The combination of incomprehensible yet beautiful music, combined with wonderful images of alien places, moves me. Thanks, CTs, and JPL. Here's the address: "http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mgs/movpics/anim/anim.html". Joy and love to all - we are blessed. Pray for peace in Kosovo. Union City, CA USA
written by Ross Ohmen (rohmen@earthlink.net ) on May 27, 1999

C'EST LE MEILLEUR !!!
written by Annabelle (pluchon@club-internet.fr ) on May 22, 1999

I personally think that this album is one of the most beautiful albums that I have ever had the opportunity of hearing! I think that "Sea, swallow me", "Why do you love me?","She will destroy you", and "Ooze out and away onehow" are the best songs, but the entire album is one that you can listen to in one sitting, and you do not need to advance to another track, because every track is wonderful! I think that the song "Otterly" off of the album "Treasure" should have been one of the tracks on The Moon and the Melodies because its sound is comparable to the songs on The Moon... I would highly recommend this album to anyone who likes the Cocteau Twins.
written by Julie N. (sindrome@hotmail.com ) on April 13, 1999

Sea, Swallow Me - almost as good as Aikea-Guinea, and in the same oceanic scheme...and Aikea-Guinea is as good as it gets. This music would ALMOST make me consider marriage again....
written by rob on February 27, 1999

It must have been 1986 or 87, and I was about 14, listening to a local college radio station. I did not yet know who the Cocteau Twins or Harold Budd were yet. I was taping some song or other from the show. The problem was that the DJ didn't announce the songs very regular and I missed out on the credits. I didn't find out I was listening to "The Ghost Has No Home" until many years later in a lithography class at college when someone was playing "The Moon and the Melodies". My tape wore very thin at that point so I replaced it. But that song was so distinctive, I recognized "The Ghost... " from its initial rumble. Very beautiful music, very memorable.
written by Seamus (seamusjr@hotmail.com ) on January 22, 1999

the song EYES ARE MOSAICS ,Liz Frasers vocals are like me in the bath tub at age 8.I mumbled Korean sonding singing and my brother said ;man you in that tub !!! do it again but it wasnt the same as before . when I was in school I did random voice impesions in reading class and I got mobbed !? for a few weaks kids would say do that thing you do and half the time I didnt know who they were .I have a good vocal range so I did impessions of ARNOLD SCHWARTZANIGGER and the tennis player JANA NOVOTNA etc. my thoughts were ,im being used for stars voices and my friends knew that. so I put a lid on my weird mouth ...... I was an 8th grader at the time .now Im 18 and out of school . as for the album MOON and the MELODIES its a good one!!!!!!! you can find it at blockbuster music and maybe circit city. MY favorite song is EYES ARE MOSAICS Im pretty sure. BYE COCTEAU FANS!!! have a nice life.
written by Jake M. on December 21, 1998

Eyes Are Mosaics is all that needs to be said...such emotion and beauty! That song is the only songs that can make me cry. That's it.
written by Thor (artbear@bu.edu ) on November 24, 1998

As i can read this is one of the most controvertial albums of Cocteau Twins, because some say "they were lazy when did it" or "they had nothing better to do that day" (referring to CT, of course), other people consider it the best of all their albums. Well i can say is not "myyyy" favourite, but i also can say it's a very good album and it's a good variation to have Harold Budd, but i also wonder why not Brian Eno too? Never mind, maybe he was writing his dentist clinic music. This album is fabulous!
written by Luis Bernal (luber1000@yahoo.com ) on October 26, 1998

Insane B-side on this one!!! She Will Destroy You and Ooze Out and Away are spectacular tracks! But why? Why does Ooze out finish so quickly…Why doesn’t the explosive part last longer?!? The instrumental tracks aren’t bad either! The Ghost Has No Home are my favourite. But you really must be in a suitable mood to sit down and listen to ’em. Are you stressed out or something? Well, then you really should be doing something else… Sea, Swallow Me is infact one of the weaker songs, while Eyes are Mosaics is a bit weird and needs alot of time to get used to. I’m not there yet… A playfull vocal performance by Liz which i can’t seem to find catchy. Maybe some day i’ll love it? It’s a fine project though i’m glad this wasn’t released as a CT-album. That would have ruined it!
written by kevin (kevin.by@admtrd.ninaniku.no ) on October 12, 1998

CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
written by Charles Mok (416 2253093 ) on August 21, 1998

Great match with Harold Budd. Why not with Brian Eno as well. The transient stage of Harold Budd keyboard fit perfectly with Cocteau twins fuzzy, liz's angle humming.
written by Ed. (ekuo@homemail.com ) on August 13, 1998

I'm not going to bother with the usual shoveling of poetic adjectives that typify most C.T. reviews. The ambient tracks have held up best over the last 12 years of listening to this recording. "Why Do You Love Me?" redefines instrumental duos. It is amazing to consider that this track simply consists of a piano and a guitar (albeit with help from an e-bow). Just shows that even when they are just messing around, they still can strike a nerve.
written by steve (spoury@aol.com ) on July 15, 1998

Such a beautiful, vivid outpouring of expression! "Sea Swallow Me" -- a breath of limitless freedom mixed with sweetness and mellow afternoons -- escape from care, with just the faintest hint of loneliness at a distance -- leaving the world behind with the last caresses of a departing lover. "Why Do You Love Me?" -- endlessly flowing tenderness; hearing it you think it should rather have been called `Why Do I Love You?' -- but then you realize these are both the same. "The Ghost Has No Home": aahhh! -- an eternity of peaceful loneliness, melancholy so rich and deep that it does not make you sad, that ...
written by Adrian (arobert@icogsci1.ucsd.edu ) on May 09, 1998

A somewhat uneven work, THE MOON AND THE MELODIES nonetheless has its moments. At times, the musicians seem perilously close to going through the motions. Song structures are rather simple, harkening back to HEAD OVER HEELS in parts. However, as a collaboration, this manages to highlight aspects of both the Twins and Harold Budd. Bright spots are the exquisite & elusive "The Ghost Has No Home" and the somewhat-formulaic-at-this-point-but-who-cares "Ooze Out and Away Onehow". A nice album for quiet moods, much like VICTORIALAND.
written by warren j. g. mianecke (wmianecke@mag.rochester.edu ) on April 13, 1998

I would just like to say that I think this album typifies Cocteau Twins at their very best: intimate, esoteric, shimmering, mystical, impressionistic. I have heard alot of Harold Budd's work, too, and this record is far more the Twins then him. It has been just about my favorite record for over ten years and it never gets old. It is THE quintessential musical nocturnescape. All others pale before it. If you haven't walked around late on a moonlit night with this in your walkman, you haven't lived.
written by Dreadnaut (dtmarlow@hiwaay.net ) on April 11, 1998

In order of preference, my second Twins album. Beautiful, magical, stonishing, relaxing, celestial songs. Some of them, the perfect soundtrack for a journey or a unique moment in life, like the ones you have to decide something that really can change your life... and just lay in bed just thinking it it was the right decision after few hours. A very spacey collection of tracks. Life, death, love, the depths of our souls, brillantly performed by the best group of the last 10 years in pop music. I rate it with 10 and I love "She will destroy you", "The ghost has no home". Of course, another masterpiece.
written by Alvaro Azevedo Silva (alvaroazevedo@unn.unisys.com ) on February 27, 1998

(this is a reposting of an old review- now includes my new email address, so friends & strangers can track me down) Two albums changed my life: "The Moon and the Melodies" and "Victorialand".These albums are the soundtracks to some of the most lovely nights of my life. 1986, 1987, 1988 in Ft Lauderdale, lost in the clutter of traffic jams and conformity. But with my brother Rick and my friend Scott, and the help of these albums, we were able to escape the chaos into moments of haunting, shimmering beauty. Nights out on the breakers next to the lighthouse, the swirling beam piercing into the velvety tropical night sky. Wispy clouds dancing in front of the moon, complex ethereal prism surfaces of vapor forming and dissolving as they hung there in brief eternities. And the ocean, the sighs of her breathing, and the pulse of her waves gently breaking into thousands of liquid chimes again and again. The rippling surface of living mercury, the moon a pouring waterfall of of light and sparkling jewels. Kneeling up to my waist in it all, at one with the swirling stars above and the tug & surge of the amniotic waters. Water droplets dripping down my smiling face as I melted blissfully into cosmic moments of pure joy beyond measure. And a beatup boombox cranking out "Moon and the Melodies, and "Victorialand" over & over till the rainbows of sunrise. Liz's voice an angelic vision revealed, the instruments shimmering and lingering, suggesting only to dissolve. Of course the acid was a big factor, but only a tool in opening me up to the potential for finding the treasure of beauty embeddded in each moment, if we only let it. written by frank jimenez ( former e-mail address ) on January 29, 1997
written by frank jimenez (franjim@usa.net ) on February 26, 1998

El eco del silencio son los sonidos de COCTEAU TWINS
written by VILCHIS (manuelj@keynes.economia.unam.mx ) on February 26, 1998

SHE WILL DESTROY YOU!!!!!!! and OOZE OUT AND AWAY ONEHOW!!!! are really examples of what make the twins dominate any of the trash sissy bands that flood the music scene today. (end of the discussion)
written by nu 22 on December 28, 1997

I played Sea Swallow Me a week ago around 10 pm at night. It was cold and bleary outside. It sounded awesome when I took the volume from up to a low of 12 to 31. And the sound was so controlled and clean. No hiss. No distortion. No skips. It sounds awesome.
written by Bernie Thomas (mailto:Summerblink%20@%20hotmail.com ) on December 17, 1997

Nothing much to say about it, except if I could I would loop 'the ghost has no home' over and over again. Simply beautiful music...
written by b.stevenson (stevenso@brick.purchase.edu ) on December 03, 1997

Is very hard, I'm trying to get all the cd"s and the box, I don't Know if somebody can help me
written by LUIS ARTURO RIVAS (lrivas4@bellsouth.net ) on November 28, 1997

It was an polluted afternoon, seven years ago,in São Paulo, in the deep of the heart of São Paulo. A friend of mine - long time missed - talked to me about one more Cocteau Twins album she has discovered somewhere Downtown. With a smile in her pretty face she pointed out about the price (abount 5.00 $ (!) the LP) and we went down the crowdy streets of those late wintertime in order to buy that gem. Many nights we listened "The Ghost Has No Home" and "Memory Gongs", many nights we were together closest as we ever were... That´s it, folks, all these lines written in broken English (remember: it is not my mother language!) just to say that I am still a ghost without her home. Tnak you for listening Cocteau Twins!
written by Gustavo Lisboa (glisboa@tba.com.br ) on September 02, 1997

Comes on all teary, dreary, and bleary. "MEMORY GONGS" is great on a continuous loop for meditation. (Bong...bong...bong...peel... sweep...swoop...dip...loop.) "EYES ARE MOSAICS" great for Liz's pipes. Overall though, not enough Liz, gets a bit wobbly around "BLOODY AND BLUNT" but, oozes out nicely!
written by SCOTTY B.H.P. (bghvn@hotmail.com ) on June 22, 1997

This in my opinion is THE best recording Twins have ever done ,..this and of course Victorialand...and then Treasure...but then again Everything theyve ever done IS the best thing theyve ever done.My favorite band of all time!
written by william (aneilson@mindspring.com ) on June 17, 1997

Someone noticed me. They said, "She likes you." I said, "Liz, I never met her." They said, "No, our mother likes you." They showed me their hand. Oh but it was...! I fainted deadaway. I found The Moon and the Melodies in my pocket when I strolled from the store, the first screaming store I met with an autotheft protective device. I was starving myself again so The Moon and the Melodies sounded like a contently dying piano and the misst coming up to hold her til the end. love, september
written by September Virgin (mouse@network.ucsd.edu ) on June 04, 1997

I've got something to say about each recording, but this is a question. Why? Why did our dear Elizabeth choose to sing on only 3.5 of these songs? It's not like she wouldn't be missed! By the way, I say 3.5 because she only comes in at the very end of "Ooze Out and Away, Onehow". Well, at least she named them all. "She Will Destroy You", "Eyes Are Mosaics", "Ooze", are my favorites.
written by DougMoon (dcmoon@capnet.ucla.edu ) on March 27, 1997

Uh, yeah, there's a secret message encrypted in the subliminal bass-line in "The Ghost Has No Home" for the chronically depressed. "Sea, Swallow Me" is a devastating song (excuse the histrionics)--can't you see it? A white cloaked priestess perched on a cliff over a raging sea singing this little ditty just before plunging into the depths below and into the great beyond... Or maybe just too much food before bed time or too much Propaganda magazine in my youth. I guess you'd call it a very "ambient" piece--The Moon and the Melodies. Just let me say I recommend this album heartily--as a different sort of CT album--before I ooze out and away, onehow.
written by Juju (mrguth@aol.com ) on March 26, 1997

Timeless.
written by Paul F. (raptor64@community.net ) on March 16, 1997

Two albums changed my life: "The Moon and the Melodies" and "Victorialand".These albums are the soundtracks to some of the most lovely nights of my life. 1986, 1987, 1988 in Ft Lauderdale, lost in the clutter of traffic jams and conformity. But with my brother Rick and my friend Scott, and the help of these albums, we were able to escape the chaos into moments of haunting, shimmering beauty. Nights out on the breakers next to the lighthouse, the swirling beam piercing into the velvety tropical night sky. Wispy clouds dancing in front of the moon, complex ethereal prism surfaces of vapor forming and dissolving as they hung there in brief eternities. And the ocean, the sighs of her breathing, and the pulse of her waves gently breaking into thousands of liquid chimes again and again. The rippling surface of living mercury, the moon a pouring waterfall of of light and sparkling jewels. Kneeling up to my waist in it all, at one with the swirling stars above and the tug & surge of the amniotic waters. Water droplets dripping down my smiling face as I melted blissfully into cosmic moments of pure joy beyond measure. And a beatup boombox cranking out "Moon and the Melodies, and "Victorialand" over & over till the rainbows of sunrise. Liz's voice an angelic vision revealed, the instruments shimmering and lingering, suggesting only to dissolve. Of course the acid was a big factor, but only a tool in opening me up to the potential for finding the treasure of beauty embeddded in each moment, if we only let it.
written by frank jimenez (ricarj9@mail.idt.net ) on January 29, 1997

you know i haven't listened to this record in so long....i don't mean to whine, but now that i have the notion, i can recall the songs in my head, and wish i could play them now so badly! i bought this on vinyl when it first came out. i didn't even know who the cocteau twins were. but it was a really large sounding album, very soothing. i remember not knowing what to think of it; i was only in the tenth grade. but i still have it. i just can't listen to it because i signed my time away to the government and am now in korea. but i like it here okay, and i'll be home soon. i'll definitely make a plan to check this out again. it does hold some memories. it even motivated me to buy a harold budd solo tape, something about a serpent in quicksilver. i also want to say that i really, really love the music of the cocteau twins, and am really super glad that it exists. later
written by soldierly yung buck (afsk-db-ysf-buck@emh3.korea.army.mil ) on January 07, 1997

I had just finished four years at university and was doing the tour of Europe as many Australians are inclined to do. After many months of travelling around I found myself at Karlsruhe railway station in the south of Germany at three in the morning waiting to catch a train was the start of my return home. Completely alone, a little bewildered, certainly a little wiser and with no other company but for a mouse on the train tracks I listened to this album. Alone but not lonely... my most vivid memory of the whole trip.
written by Robert Raiskums (rraiskum@vnpbnes5.telstra.com.au ) on January 07, 1997

I got this album when I was about 18. "Haunting" is an understatement. This album was so horrifyingly perfect for my teenage mood at the time. I still drift away at night when I am tucked tightly in my bed listening to this album
written by Cobweb (cobweb777@aol.com ) on October 18, 1996

"no... it can't be... harold budd AND cocteau twins?"
written by little spacey on October 16, 1996

this is by far the most trance-inducing,lovely sleep-laced wonderland the twins have produced. I love each and every one of their albums dearly, but this one tops my list for dreamland.
written by lisa on October 03, 1996