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Victorialand

Berlin 1986. a top floor flat, a light and airy spaceship floating over Kreuzberg. empty and full of sounds. this record was always on the record player, i can't remember taking it off. i would play one side and then after a while later just turn it round. after a while you would just go deeper into it. this record has an atmosphere that can fill your room like some sort of sacred spell. it is a holy state and you will never forget what it did to you. reading so many people's experiences with this album makes me shiver... love to you all... thomas
written by thomas (thomas@geyrhalter.freeserve.co.uk ) on June 08, 1999

this is THE haunting, ethereal, mysterious and cult-album by the cocteau twins. cool to notice so many techno-dj's treating this album as a bible. now, making ambient music with accustic instruments is quite an achievement. fluffy tufts, oomingmak, feet-like fins, how to bring... are great! whales tales and the thinner the air alone makes this album worth buying.
written by kev b (kevin.by@admtrd.ninaniku.no ) on May 12, 1999

Victorialand takes off where Prozac fails. It is the only known (apart from drugs that is) means of dividing the soul from the body, leaving the body to cope with life at a basic level, whilst the mind is set free to navigate the celestial heavens of experience and emotional reward. P.S. Why are all Cocteau Twin fans hopeless romantics.
written by david hands (david.hands@uce.ac.uk ) on May 07, 1999

VICTORIALAND WAS THE FIRST 'TWINS RECORD I BOUGHT ... VERY DREAMY, SUBTLE, SOFT, I DON'T KNOW.. THAT'S WAHT I LIKE ABOUT IT-NO DEFINITE MEANING.. PURE INTENTION.. ALWAYS SOUNDS LIKE THE FIRST TIME... HOPE I NEVER UNDERSTAND THEM!!!
written by dennis (deidenn@yahoo.com ) on April 29, 1999

Victorialand is the best of all of the Cocteau Twins albums in my opinion. It is absolutely, incredibly innovative, and I think more bands should try a little something
written by Reagan (rbkelley@elp.rr.com ) on April 26, 1999

To me this album is the best and most sexually and senual. it's arua comforts making up, breaking up and divine sexually ecstasy. It brings me closer to my loves and brings every emotion i have inside me to fill sweet ecstasy and release pain. it's this inner and tight sexaul orgasmic heaven that brings my love (Tommy) inside me and helps us seep toghter to form one heart, love and emotion. it's victorialand! Thank u , cocteau twins
written by Tara (Sle1640652 ) on March 23, 1999

To me this album is the best and most sexually and senual. it's arua comforts making up, breaking up and divine sexually ecstasy. It brings me closer to my loves and brings every emotion i have inside me to fill sweet ecstasy and release pain. it's this inner and tight sexaul orgasmic heaven that brings my love (Tommy) inside me and helps us seep toghter to form one heart, love and emotion. it's victorialand! Thank u , cocteau twins
written by Tara (Sle1640652 ) on March 23, 1999

...I really didn't care much for this album...I didn't find one track that stood out..it was a little too slow and boring for me...weird that they did that one AFTER "Treasure"...although "Treasure" wasn't one of their best albums to me, it sure was better than "Victorialand"...well, it is the Twins, so I should respect the album... I don't recommend this album to anyone who has never heard the Twins before...it would be way too misleading and would probably put them to sleep...
written by Bryan McNeely (deepsympathy@yahoo.com ) on March 07, 1999

"Throught the Dark months of April and May" and "How to Bring a Blush to the Snow" are my favorite tracks on this record. Please, if anyone would be kind enough to share their interpretations of the words to "Dark Months of..." I'd be eternally grateful.
written by TeskoBoy (TeskoBoy@hotmail.com ) on March 01, 1999

I love "Lazy Calm", I love Victorialand, I LOVE COCTEAU TWINS!!!
written by Marcelo Byron (macsilva@yahoo.com ) on February 02, 1999

This is one of the best albums to have sex to. Songs like "Through The Dark Months Of April And May" and "Feet Like Fins" are just phenominal!! Victorialand kind of takes you back to that time period of the 19th century like the way Treasure does.
written by Jason K (whitefury@hotmail.com ) on December 23, 1998

New age, psychadelisk, akkustisk og ambient er ord som sammen danner en riktig beskrivelse av Victorialand ~ på mange måter den CT-platen som er mest elsket og hatet, med unntak av Four Calendar Cafe. Nå skal det sies at ord som akkustisk og ambient er to vidt forskjellige begrep, men som likevell passer sammen i en beskrivelse av Victorialand. Selv om CT selv kaller den akkustisk (som den på mange måter er), så er det ironisk at den ble en så viktig utgivelse i Dub/Trance/Ambient - miljøet. Ikke mange artister kan slå i bordet med en slik kontrastrik plate! Nej, ambient eller akkustisk ~ dette albumet er jævlig bra. Første gang jeg hørte det, ble jeg ganske skuffet. Jeg hadde ventet meg en akkustisk plate, men det jeg fikk var noe som minnet meg om Enya!? Det var nok herfra Enya tok sin inspirasjon. Akkurat som Garlands, ble også denne plata lagt bort i en lengere tid. Nå har jeg greid å ta den for hva den er, og kan flyte med musikken uten en ekkel følelse i magen. The Thinner the Air, er SKITBRA! Min desiderte favoritt på platen. Whales Tales er også fortryllende sammen med How To Bring A Blush To The Snow. Little Spacey og Feet~Like Fins er to andre faves.
written by kev on November 19, 1998

I like to listen Victorialand to wake up, it's the perfect way. But it's much better when it's cold outside, and a little rainy, and i feel beside me the body of my friend, and every song makes us embrace, and kiss, and hug... everything to start a new perfect day.
written by Luis Bernal (luber1000@yahoo.com ) on October 25, 1998

I’m sorry to say that i have previously written a horrible review of this fantastic album. I had just bought it and was a bit disappointed. I was also too keen to write a review, so it turned out naive and completely wrong compared to what i think of it today. Infact, i rate this album so much, i put it at number 2 on my list of the best Cocteau Twins’ albums competing with Head over Heals! It have really grown on me since the day i bought it. This ain’t a full-blooded CT album (Simon was working on This Mortal Coil project). It’s more of a side-project by Robin and Liz. But anyway, i think it’s one of the most magickal albums ever made in the history of music. It’s kind of like an accustic Enya-record though i really don’t like Enya that much. I must say they fooled both the critics and me with the smooth sound! I thought it was made out of synthesizers at first and not just an accustic guitar, some tablas, sax and a piano. The critics even called it New Age!!! A big mistake, cuz it’s not. I think there’s some different horns in there as well, most assumingly played by Richard Thomas of Dif Juz. The Thinner the Air is my favourite here. Everytime i listen to it, i find myself inside a huge gothic church with sparse daylight making its way through the crackes on the church walls. I love sitting in my room all dark only with a few candlelights on while listening to it. I could talk for hours about that song, but i’m not gonna. If you haven’t tried it, do it, or else you’ll miss out on a fantastic experience. Apart from that song, Oomingmak, Fluffy Tufts and Feet-like Fins are one of the highlights of this album, but you really can’t exclude Little Spacey, WhalesTales and How to Bring a blush to the Snow when you talk about Victorialand. They are very haunting and atmospheric songs. Gives you a feeling of extacy. You really need to be in a quiet and sensitive mood when you listen to this album or else you miss out on all the details and the whole Victorialand-concept. Good mood but lazy… Let your imagination run wild and Victorialand will take you there…
written by kevin (y'all should know it by now... ) on October 16, 1998

Se Deus cantasse, o faria através da voz de Liz...
written by O. Melgaço (urbcave@horizontes.com ) on September 19, 1998

Victorialand was the first CD I bought, 6 years back, and I still listen to it on and on (the cover is already moisted, but the core (the music ("mu-sick-ness") shines on inside my brain, my skin, my soul, my heart - ¡how "cursi" -. I bought it without even owning a CD player... just because I HAD to have it. I heard it for the first time at a University-mate's apartment. Se had it on a very bad recorded tape and she called it "the one of the screaming woman" (she didn't even know the name of the band... ¡bitch!)... I heard it with the "corner of my ear" that bight... so the next mornig I stole it for a while. I fell in love with it (with HER) and listened to it over and over, played it to my fiends. They just exclaimed: "Hm, beautiful"... I say : "¿Bueautiful?!!! ... it's beauty itself!!!" My friend noticed the abscense of her tape, so I gave it back to her. I was out of my drug... so I HAD to buy it. It costed US$10. Almost no-one in this was aware of their existence (and I'm proud of my discovery. here, in Colombia, listening to them is a privilege of a large minority). Elizabeth is my platonic love number one... and Victorialand is my favorite Cocteau's album That's all
written by Gonzo (gvalderr@rcntv.com.co ) on September 02, 1998

Victorialand is..... I DON'T KNOW. Victorialand is in this world!
written by Francesco (cocteau80@homail.com ) on August 31, 1998

I don't quite understand how so many fans can say this is their favourite cocteau album??? Don't misunderstand me, it got lots of great moments attached to it, like "Whales Tales", my favourite song on the album, "Oomingmak" and "Feet-like Fins", but this is just too much new age stuff. It reminds me too much of Enya (mother's music). But when you try to analyze the music, which i have done several times, Enya is faar, faaaaar more syntheziser-based music while victorialand only contains an accustic guitar, tablas, some saxophone and liz' voice. It's just that it's mixed up with lots of delay, reverb and such, but both Enya and Liz Fraz uses similar techniques vocally. You can't hear it at once (unless you got a good ear). But what ever I think, it is a land-mark in their career and typical cocteau; exploring new things, trying to change their music, all the time...
written by kevin by (kevin.by@admtrd.ninaniku.no ) on August 10, 1998

The band explores deeper into the blissful soundscapes that dominated their previous release on Victorialand, a collection of mostly acoustic ballads that exquisitely shows the group's natural talent for composing dense, atmospheric songs. The scarcity of drums contributes to the beautiful ambiance of the tracks, giving the album the impression as a soundtrack to a heavenly paradise. The celestial "Lazy Calm" opens the disc with a sparkling blend of resonant melodies and ethereal sounds, and "Whales Tales" contains a dark guitar line surrounded by reverberating echoes and noises. Victorialand is a complex medley of angelic music that begs for repeated listens, and remains one of the Cocteau Twins' dazzling masterpieces.
written by Mr. Ameche (mrameche01@aol.com ) on July 19, 1998

This album is the manifesto of the new romantic avangarde. My gothic soul love it. When i heard VICTORIALAND the tenuous sound remind me the poetry of young John Keaty, the life of Lord Byron and Goethe. Enjoy it, in your room, waiting for the dawn with candle of light.
written by diego, (difilipp@tin.it ) on July 19, 1998

it has been a year since i found the cocteau twins. they are quite simply the music that my soul is set to, the days when you feel like you have no body, only perfect expression. i just bought victorialand, i first had four calendar cafe, blue bell knoll, treasure, otherness, and now victorialand. it is the most perfect album i have ever heard. it creates this uplifting darkness, the acoustic aspect of the album is so carefully constructed that it gives the album an approachable yet intangible quality. i am currently in the uk with the love of my life and i know that victorialand will forever be linked to this beautiful experience that i have right now. all in all, i need to hear this album more than once a day. people who don't own any cocteau twins album should buy this album. i don't know if it is possible to create a more perfect soundscape. i love every single track. please buy it if you don't have it......peace, love, and high altitudes....................
written by Laura (Ethereal01@aol.com ) on July 05, 1998

Victorialand is the first album I ever totally fell in love with by the Cocteau Twins. It is very mellow, slow, and utterly beautiful. The perfect music in which to watch sunrises over Lake Michigan. 'Lazy Calm' is my fave song on the album. Nothing invokes peace, calm, and serenity into my very being better. Victorialand is still my fave song by Cocteau Twins to this day. :-)
written by myklia (shianni@aol.com ) on July 04, 1998

UN SALUDO ESPECIAL PARA UNA DE LAS MEJORES BANDAS QUE HE CONOCIDO EN MI VIDA, MUCHO AMOR PARA USTEDES DESDE UN RINCON MUY ALEJADO DEL MUNDO. DANIEL DE CHILE
written by daniel vega (jlbb@entelchile.net ) on June 12, 1998

Floaty, heavenly, mesmerizing; this album can both calm and inspire. Victorialand touched the grief in my heart over the passing of my much, much loved dog and best friend, and it helped me get through the days.
written by Nicole (greatbarrier@msn.com ) on June 01, 1998

I always tape Victorialand for my friends because I like to share it; it is intimate, beautiful music. Since I am such a bad engineer, however, they need to buy a copy, and other Cocteau titles to go with it. Victorialand befriended me when I was in love with a gay man. I slept over at his house- on the couch- one night and he put on Victorialand just as I was dozing off. I thought I had dreamed that beautiful audio landscape, but it was real! He played more the next day. It was the closest we ever got to intimacy. Now he's out of my life, but I often listen to Victorialand in the evening. It is a complex lullabye, which evokes ghosts of the past but brings me hope for the future. Elizabeth's voice demonstrates that fragility and strength can embrace peacefully throughout the night.
written by Lisa (Cmpylobctr@aol.com ) on May 19, 1998

I just recently purchased this cd (boo!! hiss!! I know) And to my Arctic amazement, It's fantastic !! oomingmak being my favourite and namesake, although my name is not taken from the song but the Inuktitut word umingmak (muskox), WOT a coincidence!!!! The community of Umingmaktok, Nunavut would be so PROUD!!!! Little spacey is my other fav, this song makes me feel like crying, it's an emotional masterpiece !!! The remaining are all great and possess an Arctic theme....WOT A DELIGHT !!!! Wake up oomie!! you should have bought this one years ago !!!!!!!!!!! P.S. explore canada's arctic !!!
written by oomingmak (oomingmak@sprint.ca ) on May 16, 1998

Victorialand is an interesting anomaly in the Cocteau catalog simply because Mr. Raymonde did not participate in the sessions. Why you ask? He was working on This Mortal Coil. I know, I know.....that's no excuse, but we forgive him. Robin and Liz (the dynamic duo) did a great job though, and I don't think you'll be disappointed with the results...it's fabulous. Soory Simon....this will teach you a lesson. Anyway, this album has a trebly, sparse Arctic/Eskimo feel to it, and it is best served chilled. I first bought this work on vinyl, and was tricked into playing it at 45 rpms because "Lazy Calm" starts off very slowly (the recommended rpm setting isn't on the label). You'll figure it out when Liz starts singing. My favorite songs (and there are a few masterpieces here are the aforementioned "Lazy Calm", "Whales Tails" (four stars - this is THE BOMB - an out-and-out Fraserfest), "Oomingmak" (stratospheric Liz-glory), "Feet-Like Fins", "How To Bring A Blush To The Snow" (positively spiritual), and the spooky "The Thinner The Air". This album is simply the closest they've ever come to New Age, but Robin's musicianship would never let that actually happen. They came, they saw, they did it better than anyone else, and they fuckin' left.
written by Doug (dcmoon@eudora.com ) on April 19, 1998

I did a series of 4 pastels based on this record that got more attention than anything else I've done artistically. Like my pastels, this record is an abstract ode to classical impressionism. I thoroughly reject the notion that it has something to do with Antarctica. These songs are not cold. They transport the listener into the pastoral realm of the classic impressionist paintings. Get a book of prints by Manet or Mary Cassat or any of the others and spend a quiet sunny afternoon looking at them as you listen to this record (I like to employ incense and a glass of iced peppermint tea as well). Then find a nice park to walk around in, and see if you don't catch glimpses of Heaven, timeless and golden... (I've always wanted to go jump in a lake with "feetlike fins" playing in a boombox on the dock as I float in the sun, but so far I haven't gotten to do that).
written by Dreadnaut (dtmarlow@hiwaay.net ) on April 11, 1998

I love this album. The sound's textures are my life. I'm a brazilian musician. Here in Brazil we like to make lirics like a Victorialand. I don't know english very well. Sorry for it. So, what can i say is I LOVE COCTEAU TWINS.Come back to Brazil!! Sorry again for my bad english.
written by Rodrigo Souza (rodrigobusnardo@hotmail.com ) on March 23, 1998

The road to my own appreciation of VICTORIALAND was a difficult one. I anxiously waited and waited for it's release. It took a month for the small music store in Geneseo, NY to get it. When I went to pick up my copy, the clerk said, "Oh, it's cool, Cocteau Twins that you can eat dinner to..." Didn't SOUND cool to me. At first listen, I was very disappointed, I thought a channel had "cut out" on my cheap stereo. It seemed like only half the sounds were there. I played it for friends and they HATED it. However, I lived with it, and, with time, I've come to appreciate it. It occupies a place of its own, and perhaps demands more of the listener than the more vocals-guitars-bass-drums-type CT releases. It's worth the effort, though. It CERTAINLY isn't "New Age", because it can be disquieting at times, rather than out-&-out soothing, environmental music. There are dark undercurrents throughout and THAT'S what keeps me coming back to it. I never thought I'd hear something "new" each time I listen to such a sparse recording, but, I do. Maybe you will too... Not my favorite, but, a minor classic...
written by warren j.g. mianecke (wmianecke@mag.rochester.edu ) on March 19, 1998

Hye everybody, I am listening the Cocteau Twins for 5 years and I found my favorite singers. I heard once upon a time a single of Victorialand and I coudn't believe it was true!!! I always remember a certain night in summer.... If you want write me to my e-mail: Sabinedc@caramail.com Bye..............
written by Sabine de Carolis (Sabinedc@caramail.com ) on March 13, 1998

Well, this is an uncommon Cocteau's album. Seems to be an "icy record", mainly cause we have no drums. Simply moods like the sound of the sky's just opened for us, the mortals. It evokes many images & places as you listen to it. Good and bad moments of your life. Sadness, happiness, loss ... I think it's a wonderfull album to think about people. The relationships we have in life. Also so good to relax and go innerself. My favorites: "Whales tales", "The thinner the air" & "How to bring a blush to the snow". My rate? 9.
written by Alvaro Azevedo Silva (alvaroazevedo@unn.unisys.com ) on February 26, 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

I picked my favorite album. It came out during a period when my son was thirteen, and still living with my wife and myself. We live in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. I used to volunteer at a magic shop in Georgetown called Crystals. That is where I first heard your music. Since that time I collected every CD (at that time cassette, yes, I got all the CDs as well). Well back to my original story. My family and I would drive for two and a half hours to Williamsburg where we had a affinity. There is something in the air. No doubt past-life. Anyway, I would play Victorialand, Loves Easy Tears (my son's favorite), and Treasure all the way there and back. Ever since that time, I play your music at least once a day. I am one of your silent fans. Your music touches me somewhere. There are some songs that I don't like and some that don't do a thing for me, but by and large, I look forward to each new recording and/or variation. I saw your concert in DC. I did not like it. It was not like your recordings. You probably need a better producer and the sound was too loud. Now don't get me wronge, I'm from the loud music generation, but this was a distortion. I like your recorded music best. Your concerts are something that you can choose to perfect or not, I don't care, I still like your music. The recordings seem to be a medium that best suits the message that you send. By the way, for interest sake. I'm 48 years old. My son has moved out and gone to college to study psychology (hopefully Jungean, but we shall see). We are african-americans (isn't that a gas!) and your music is a force in my household. Even though there are some songs that don't get to me, I am a silent fan. Sorry to sense that you all are having artistic differences. But who knows what direction our spiritual growth will take us. I hope you can come together from time to time to share your gifts with the world. I know they are precious to me. Reggie
written by Reginald B. Teamer (avatar_creates@compuserve.com ) on February 20, 1998

Victorialand: bittersweet bliss; like the best parts of sex and drugs, without the unpleasant aftertaste.
written by Brother Tom (stev1041@aol.com ) on February 14, 1998

...I think if Heaven were to appear to someone in musical form, it may well be Victorialand. All the elements are there. Very vague, but all encompassing. It was this album, as I recall, that began an incredible love affair with the band and my psyche and soul. *Throughout the Dark Months of April and May is the most deep-reaching composition I had ever and have ever encountered..Experience not to be missed.
written by ArioN (arion@innocent.com ) on January 23, 1998

Music of pictures, music of the new countries, music of other time. It is my fairy tale. My first trip to the country Victorialand. Cleanliness and soft light of dawn. The Earth of a sound and heat.
written by Lenya Ocean (pasha@shap.spb.ru ) on January 10, 1998

Stunning in it's elegance and simplicity, this beautiful album packs very strong emotional punch This must be the most impressionistic/surrealistic work they have done, and it remains a sentimental favorite. Excellent for relaxing, or a quiet evening with good friends. The textures achieved are exquisite, and some of those chord changes are unreal. I love the Dif Juz sax, and I wish there were more Dif Juz/CT collaborations. If you've had a stressfull day, or can't go to sleep, put this on.
written by Ernie (ealopez@csupomona.edu ) on December 01, 1997

THE BEST COCTEAU TWINS' ALBUM, BUT I WISH OTHER MIX OF THIS, WITH RAYMONDE'S PARTICIPATION AND OTHER MASTERIZATION WITH MORE QUALITY OF THE SOUND
written by CARLOS TRUJILLO (CARTRUJILLO@HOTMAIL.COM ) on November 15, 1997

tHE BEST COCTEAU TWINS' ALBUM, BUT I WISH OTHER MIX OF THIS WITH RAYMONDE'S PARTICIPATION AND OTHER MASTERIZATION WITH MORE QUALITY OF THE SOUND
written by CARLOS TRUJILLO (CARTRUJILLO@HOTMAIL.COM ) on November 15, 1997

I can't say that 'Victorialand' is the best album, but it is definitely one of my favorites. I don't have any ethereal "ghost stories" or anything, I just love how it makes me feel when riding the train, or flying from one coast to another. Liz' voice has to be one of the very few that can bring me to tears. "Oomingmak" makes me think of a pink sunrise; maybe after a very romantic interlude with a special someone. That's about as wispy as I can get without feeling silly. This album is utter brilliance.
written by b. stevenson (stevenso@brick.purchase.edu ) on October 21, 1997

The album is a soundscape of colors and energy. When painting, this album helps the clors and images come to life with energy. For those who know the work of the Surreal artist Tanguy, this album is a wonderful companion to his images and use of color. Although all of Cocteau's works are rich and beautiful, this album stands out among all. Rich textures and moving voices. This album has inpired many of my paintings and writings.
written by H. James on September 24, 1997

This album is my favorite. Encountering it at a difficult time in life, age 16, it brought me to a dream world: a place where feelings are enough to command reality, where nothing is planned out, where contact with inner beauty is immediate. The sounds touch every part of you at once, while not knowing where.
written by AKK (akarling@ucla.edu ) on August 26, 1997

Victorialand is one of the most beautiful albums they have produced. It is so calming, flowing, and quiet yet somehow so interesting and profound. This album is one of my favorites, but all of them are good to me. I have loved Cocteau Twins for over 8 years and I will always be one of their biggest fans!
written by Doug (Doug000111@aol.com ) on August 16, 1997

this album is the kind of album a synesthegic like me can fall into. It's full of lovely colours.
written by lYNN Gibson on August 11, 1997

Happy birthday! 10years ago, a friend of mine played Victorialand on her old stereo system. Ten years after, i'm still in love with the band... and still in love with her.
written by gilles (zebeida@imaginet.fr ) on August 10, 1997

I hardly believe in this album! It's from the stars, for sure! I float in the air while listening to it! That music, Feet-like fins is one of the best that I ever heard! Oomingmack too! Well, I just can't say nothing more with mere words... Especially with my very poor English...
written by Américo Santos (caleborn@sti.com.br ) on July 25, 1997

The most beautiful harmonies I've ever heard. The departure for a new sound. Essential!!!
written by francisco (fsilva@ctc-mundo.net ) on July 17, 1997

fluffiest frilliest best and the rest. perfect when you're feeling a little spacey with the one you love.
written by Katey G on July 09, 1997

Excellent and colourful.
written by Lynn on June 18, 1997

It's me again. The Cocteau twins are just the crea tors of what we usually call the "Heavenly Voices" movement, as far as they're concerned with Gothic music. Let's see their influence on bands such as Love Spirals Downwards, La Floa Maldita, etc. Cong ratulations to Liz and her friends, you were absol utely perfect on May, 28th, 1996, in Paris, for y our concert... even when Liz did not really rememb er the lyrics of the Treasure-track DONIMO (I thi nk, but i'm not really sure if it's that one), an d just burst into laugh while the audience was g etting more and more excited... Thank you, I just cry one or two pearly dewdrops drops...
written by simon, from france, tours on June 11, 1997

This is my favorite from the name of the songs to the vocal enchantres Liz. But all the albums are pure musical genius.
written by JC Fernandez (dynamine@aol.com ) on May 30, 1997

NOT TOO SUPER GOOD!!!!! What else is there to say... this album is so mellow style... -CRCH-
written by CRCH (twin@cancansystems.com ) on April 28, 1997

The astonishingly delicate beauty of Victorialand is indescribable and forever changed my perception of music's impact on me. Victorialand is like a record of what I call "emotional gradation", especially on the track, "Oomingmak" (my favorite). The fluidity of the guitar on that track really moves me to a place of serenity and emotional depth. The entire record, from its production to the mood it creates, is one of the most brilliant displays of artistry I've ever known. This record is truly a masterpiece and is one of the closest things to Heaven on Earth
written by George E. Jimenez (georgej@wrs.com ) on April 09, 1997

Victorialand is a frightening piece of work. It reminds me of late August, transitions, lagoons, Spanish meadows, euphoria, solitude, wooden porches, wildflowers at cemeteries, blue skies, sunsets, and other places I sometimes don't want to visit. But everyone should visit them anyway. It's the greatest catharsis known to civilization...
written by X. on March 27, 1997

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

simply enchanting; often I see images of mountains, streams, and lakes; this one keeps me thinking in crimson.
written by al (al_brown@gale.com ) on March 06, 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 30, 1997

Sparse, fragile, a blink and then its gone, the whisper of falling snow . . . this is Victorialand. "The Thinner the Air" is Elizabeth at her operatic best, the most beautifully melancholy sound that could exist.
written by Bill Glod (callisto@mail.utexas.edu ) on January 09, 1997

One of the band's best albums. Like from another world. Spheric sounds and the almost completely acoustic background without percussive elements or bass-lines takes Liz' voice into heavenly spheres. The ideal soundtrack for the fairy world in "Midsummernight's Dream".
written by Jørn Precht on January 01, 1997

Who needs drugs when you can listen to Victorialand?
written by MORTIS on November 03, 1996

This album was the first Cocteau Twins I listened to. My favorite music store let buyers open and listen to any CD in the store, and on a friend's advice, I was armed with the titles "Victrialand", "Four-Calendar Cafe", and "Treasure." A passerby stopped, pointed to the copy of "Victorialand" and simply said, "My favorite." That was the one I listened to first. I never made it to the other ones that day, as I was enthralled with the gentle strains of "Lazy Calm." That was June of '95, and since then I have bought 12 releases of theirs in all. I like other titles more than "Victorialand", but this one keeps a special place in my heart. I reccommend this one for anyone who likes the gentler vibe that it presents. Whales Tails is also a favorite of mine.
written by Bob Briggs (rmbiii@erie.net ) on October 26, 1996

Victorialand: a lot better than therapy, and a lot less expensive... This dreamscape will continue to haunt me for the rest of my existance. The album starts of tranquil and dreamily with "Lazy Calm", with a three minute instrumental introduction before Elizabeth's (sorry for the typo in Treasure) vocals waft in, like a pleasant dream. After the increased tempo of "Fluffy Tufts" comes the most haunting track, "Throughout the Dark Months of April and May", plunging you into hyperawareness and fear of unknown existances. Later comes "Oomingmak", the most delightful track on the album and an exercise in vocal inflection and rhyme. Next comes another disturbing, though genuinely pleasant song aptly titled "Little Spacey". Have you ever looked at really old photographs and felt a mixture of wonderment over the existance of the people in them and sadness that these endearing souls have surely died by now? That's my sentiment when I listen to this one- I truly feel a little "spacey". If you're not completely charmed yet, there's the last three tracks to muse over and enjoy. Victorialand, apart from its sheer ability to capture moments and build upon a theme, is also dear to me because it reminds me of a movie I saw while vacationing in Monterrey about three private school girls lost in the Australian wilderness and the enigma of what happened to them (wish I knew the name...). Anyway, just like the movie, Victorialand is a surrealist masterpiece.
written by Daniel Rodriguez on October 17, 1996

I can't remember who it was who said "beauty is naught but the beginning of terror", but as I try to understand that quotation, I think of Victorialand. If there was ever a sound so beautiful, and yet so thrilling, it must have been inspiration for this exquisite album.
written by john jeffrey mcginnis (john@tailored.com ) on October 07, 1996

Simply the best album from the best band....
written by oteran (oteran@shrike.depaul.edu ) on September 24, 1996