On this website I have made an effort to sketch the beauty of the music of the Cocteau Twins, a band from Scotland consisting of Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser and Simon Raymonde. In all the band were together from 1982-1996, during which period they delivered eight studio albums, many more EP's and singles and several other projects.

For those unfamiliar with the band's work this short history will introduce them to the main facts and figures of the Cocteau Twins' career.

From 1999 to 2004 roughly every two weeks a review of one of their songs was added. After the completion in 2004 this site contains reviews of every single track they created.

If you are new to the Cocteaus this site may well give you a good impression of their music, and may even encourage you to purchase a few of their albums. Visitors well accustomed to their music might enjoy reading all the reviews and see whether they agree or not. Experienced Cocteau fans will try their hand at the quizzes provided as well. And even for Cocteau experts the acoustic quizzes should provide a challenge.

In any case: I hope you enjoy the contents of this site as much as I enjoyed creating it!

In the autumn of 2016 the long-running BBC Radio 4 music series 'Soul Music' will do a series about music that make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. One song likely to be featured is 'Song of the Siren' by This Mortal Coil, with the heavenly vocals of Liz Fraser.

If you have a story to tell about 'Song To The Siren' please contact BBC radio producer Sara Conkey.

Special features
Cocteau quiz section
Do you...
• Only just know the band?
Try the Beginners quiz
• Have a few CD's by them?
Take the Novice quiz
• Own all of their albums?
Take the Medium quiz
• Own most of their stuff?
Go to the Advanced quiz
• Know their CD's by heart?
Show it in the Expert quiz

• The ultimate Cocteau test:
Two acoustic quizzes.
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in May 2014.