Blue Bell Knoll (studio album) by Cocteau Twins

Blue Bell Knoll by Cocteau Twins
Year: 1988
Overall rank: 1,682nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 229 votes)
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Cocteau Twins Blue Bell Knoll Vinyl LP 4AD Record RE 2014 ~NM
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Cocteau Twins Blue Bell Knoll - 180 Gram Vinyl LP [New & Sealed]
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Blue Bell Knoll is ranked 4th best out of 17 albums by Cocteau Twins on

The best album by Cocteau Twins is Heaven Or Las Vegas which is ranked number 162 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 9,938.

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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.6/100, a mean average of 76.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.1.

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From 09/25/2018 02:16
This is, from start to finish, a masterpiece of psychedelic dream pop. A must have record from the 80s and, having just recently discovered it, a new personal favorite.
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From 04/17/2016 10:59
This is a great record! The production is heavily layered yet easily assessable. Probably their best album.
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From 09/01/2014 03:59
in 1991, my music tastes were pretty bland and top-40. i had a friend whose musical horizons were considerably broader, and he told me i should check out a band called Cocteau Twins. so i went into a record store and looked through the CT section, but i didn't know which release do try. i asked one of the employees, and she suggested that rather than starting with their first album (Garlands), i should try Blue Bell Knoll. it was a great choice, because i loved it from the first song, and from there i went on to explore the rest of the CT catalog and a lot more 4AD bands. many of my all-time favorites are from that era.
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From 09/29/2013 03:16
Anyone who tries to rate a song on this is doing it wrong. This is an album, the songs don't deserve or need reviews, it's just one whole experience.
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From 01/13/2013 21:06
This is now my favourite Cocteau Twins album. It takes a good few listens to appreciate it's brilliance. Great sound and great song titles!!
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From 05/12/2012 13:54
This actually could be Cocteau's best. "Blue Bell Knoll" is certainly my favourite CT song, heavenly.
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