Heaven or Las Vegas

Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1990 Ratings: #71 / 321
User Score
1990 Ratings: #2
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Deciding to scale back the overly pretty sound on Blue Bell Knoll while experimenting with more accessibility -- -- the Twins ended up creating their best album since Treasure.

80
Sputnikmusic
"Shimmering" remains probably the best description for it, and it often mixes somewhat with the rest of the instrumentation to provide a big pulsing backdrop to Liz's vocals.
80
Rolling Stone

The Cocteaus ground their soft-focus soundscapes with low-key, bass-driven rhythm tracks, a strategy that nicely enhances the music's appeal.

80
Q Magazine
This warm bath of a record is a sensual invitation to wallow in an opiate haze of drifting melody.
67
Entertainment Weekly

The album does have Vegas-like pop hooks and rhythms floating inconclusively through the songs. But that just makes the proceedings — with singer Liz Fraser’s pillowy voice swaddled in echo — sound even more appealing.

morningsbell
100

You know what?
If you can make something sound epic yet so emotionally personal,
You can take my money.
Is this album perfect? No. But it is one of the most beautiful things I've listened to.

Tielur
95

Letting this album play over and over again while walking around your neighborhead at 12am is something otherworldly and I highly advise it. Cocteau Twins provide some of the most lush and thought provoking dream pop, and yes I still have no idea what Elizabeth is saying, and to be honest I'd rather not know just to keep my mind running.

marvelgaryen
100

IT'S OFFICIAL, my ears just got baptized.

100

Classics Week 2022 closes out with Heaven or Las Vegas, Cocteau Twins’ final 4AD album and one of dream pop’s most iconic statements.

KoleeKo
100

Another iteration of “how haven’t I heard this…” Gorgeous.

ReturnToMonke
85

Going through the top 50 of Rateyourmusic.com's top albums of all time list in random order:
Part 49: Cocteau Twins - 'Heaven or Las Vegas':

Boy the people on rym sure love their shoegaze. Right in the vein of mbv and Slowdive, Cocteau Twins find a good mix of heavy distortion and dreamy elegance. Listening to this feels like you're ascending to some higher plane. Using the vocals as a brush to add texture rather than as standard lyrics works very well, but as someone who values lyrics so ... read more

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Added on: November 29, 2012