Elizabeth Fraser

Scottish singer and member of the Cocteau Twins (born 1963) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Elizabeth Davidson Fraser (born 29 August 1963)[1] is a Scottish singer. She was the vocalist for the band Cocteau Twins who achieved international success primarily during the fifteen years from the mid-1980s to late 1990s. Their studio albums Victorialand (1986) and Heaven or Las Vegas (1990) both reached the top ten of the UK Album Charts, as well as other albums including Blue Bell Knoll (1988), Four-Calendar Café (1993) and Milk & Kisses (1996) charting on the Billboard 200 album charts in the United States as well as the top 20 in the UK. She also performed as part of the 4AD group This Mortal Coil, including the successful 1983 single "Song to the Siren", and as a guest with Massive Attack on their 1998 single "Teardrop".

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Elizabeth Fraser
Fraser in 1986
Fraser in 1986
Background information
Birth nameElizabeth Davidson Fraser
Born (1963-08-29) 29 August 1963 (age 60)
Grangemouth, Scotland
Genresgothic rock, post-punk, ethereal wave
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1979–present

The album Heaven or Las Vegas was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,[2] and was voted number 218 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[3] In 2020, Rolling Stone listed it at No. 245 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[4] Four of their studio albums reached number one on the UK Indie Chart.

When the Cocteau Twins disbanded, Fraser embarked on a moderately low key solo career and provided guest vocals for other artists. In 2000, she appeared alongside Paul Buchanan and Peter Gabriel on Later...with Jools Holland performing "Downside-Up, one of two songs she performed with Gabriel as part of the Millennium Dome Show which ran between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2000.[5] " She released some solo material, including singles "Underwater" (2000) and "Moses" (2009). Fraser has reportedly recorded enough material for a debut solo studio album; however, a release date or further information has not been published. In 2022, Fraser released the EP Sun's Signature, which includes a re-worked version of her 2000 single release "Underwater".[6] In May 2022, Fraser and former band mates Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde were awarded the Visionary Award by The Ivors Academy.[7]

Her distinctive style has received much critical praise in her four-decade career;[8] Melody Maker's journalist Steve Sutherland once described her as "the voice of God".[9] She was described by critic Jason Ankeny as "an utterly unique performer whose swooping, operatic vocals relied less on any recognizable language than on the subjective sounds and textures of verbalized emotions".[10]