“The brilliant thing about this album is that it all happened so fast. Robin and I would write a song and then not have to wait around forever the muse to visit Liz.” Simon Raymonde
“Making this record was a very joyous experience. It only took two months to record, which for us is amazing. Simon used to come into the studio in the daytime to do his thing, then I would come in at night to do mine, and then Liz would come in when neither one of us was around. We were never in the studio at the same time. This time, we really were together much of the time.” Robin Guthrie
“A friend was kind of comforting me on the phone and they were just being so sweet, really. They had empathy for what I was going through, and they said, ‘I wish I could get the poison out of you. I wish I could just take it out of you and replace it with milk and kisses.’ And I just thought that was really brilliant! It’s beautiful, isn’t it? I kept hearing it and feeling so good about it, it seemed right to use it.” Elizabeth Fraser
Milk & Kisses
- March 1996
- Fontana/Mercury & Capitol
- 514 501-1
- 41 min, 32 sec
- Rilkean Heart
- Treasure Hiding
- Seekers Who Are Lovers
- Produced by Cocteau Twins.
- Written and performed by Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde.
- Recordings at Pors Poulhan, Bretagne and September Sound, London.
- Engineered by Cocteau Twins, Lincoln Fong, Mitsuo Tate and Des Ward.
- Special thanks to Benny diMassa, Ben Blakeman, Dave Palfreeman and Mitsuo Tate. Thanks to Nina Jackson at September Sound, and Raymond, Darren, Michael and Fiona at Coffer Management.
- Sleeve artwork by Blue Source. Photography by Spiros Politis.
- In the UK album charts, Milk & Kisses peaked at #17.
- Singles were released for the songs “Tishbite” and “Violaine”.
- A promotional video was produced for “Tishbite.”
- Dedication reads: “Milk and kisses for the first man / my old man / love and a thousandfold rose for Buckley / my Rilkean Hearted friend” (From Elizabeth; ‘Buckley’ is a reference to the late Jeff Buckley, who died in 1997.)
- Lyrics excerpts from “Violaine,” “Tishbite,” “Eperdu,” and “Treasure Hiding” appear explicitly, or are otherwise visible in, the sleeve artwork.
- A special, deluxe limited edition disc with foldout sleeve was produced in the UK.
- The versions of “Half-Gifts” and “Rilkean Heart” are different from those appearing on the 1995 EP Twinlights.
- “Violaine” and “Seekers Who Are Lovers” appear on the 1995 EP Otherness, remixed by Mark Clifford.
- An alternate Chinese version of “Serpentskirt” was recorded by Faye Wong (Wangfei), featuring Liz on backing vocals and Faye on lead. Faye Wong also recorded a version of “Rilkean Heart.”
- All tracks except “Ups” and “Eperdu” were performed live on radio, television, and on tour.
- This was the last LP to be released by Cocteau Twins prior to their disbanding in 1997.
- Milk & Kisses was digitally remastered and re-released on CD Universal Music in 2006.
- A remastered vinyl pressing of Milk & Kisses was released by Universal Music in 2017.
- Milk & Kisses was included in the 2018 release Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years.
Listen and buy online
- Cocteau Twins’ ‘Milk & Kisses’ Turns 25. Cam Lindsay. SPIN. 15 Mar 2021.
- Cocteau Twins’ ‘Milk & Kisses’ Turns 25: Anniversary Retrospective. Justin Chadwick. Albumism. 10 Mar 2021.
- “The truth is not perfect: Robin Guthrie on the Cocteau Twins’ major label years”. Sonic Cathedral. 31-May 2020.
- Cocteau Twins: “Touch Upon Touch”. Volume. 1996.
- “Shedding the Ethereal Legacy”. Marci Cohen. B-Side. May 1996.
- “Cocteau Twins”. Ronald P. Vincent. Raygun. May 1996.
- “The Cocteau Twins”. Tim Tucker. Total Guitar. May 1996.
- “East is East and West is West And Here the Twins Shall Meet”. Jennie Ruggles. Addicted to Noise. May 1996.
- “Heaven Handed”. James Rotondi. Guitar Player. Apr 1996.
- Untitled. Barney Hoskyns. MOJO. 1996.
- Interview with Robin Guthrie. Mike Gee. The i. 1996.
- Interview. Ozone. 1996.
- Untitled. DotMusic. Mar 1996.
- “Really Twins Again”. Tim Rollins. Music Monitor. 1996.