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Treasure (Remastered)

Cocteau Twins

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Album Review

The opening two numbers of Treasure are simply flawless, starting with "Ivo," where gently strummed guitar and low bass support Fraser's singing; then suddenly added, astonishing chimes and steady percussion build up to a jaw-dropping Guthrie guitar solo. Topping that would be hard for anyone, but in "Lorelei," the Twins do it, with an introductory, breathtaking guitar surge leading into one of Fraser's best vocals, compelling in both its heavenly and earthly tones and rolls. Not a word may be understandable, but it isn't necessary, while the music, driven on by a pounding rhythm, is as perfect a justification of digital delay pedals and the like as can be found. As Treasure continues, the accomplished variety is what stands out the most, whether it be the gentle, futuristic-medieval pluckings on "Beatrix," the understated moody washes and Fraser whispers on "Otterley," the upbeat guitar lines of "Aloysius," or the slightly jazzy touches on "Pandora." The concluding number ends the record on the peak with which it began. "Donimo" starts with a mysterious mix of mock choir sounds, ambient echoes and noises, and Fraser's careful singing before finally exploding into one last heavenly wash of powerful sound; Guthrie's guitar, Raymonde's steady bass, and drum machine smashes provide the perfect bed for Fraser's final, exultant vocals. Treasure lives up to its title and then some as a thorough and complete triumph.

Customer Reviews

Perfect

Five reasons to own this album. The cover, the one which launched a thousand Gothick student bedroom make-overs. The strum and reverb opening 'Beatrix', echoing around the spheres. The range, profoundity and communicative power of Fraser's voice. The urgency and perfect measures of the rhythms. The inventiveness, lyricism and sometimes uncompromising arrogance of Guthrie's playing. Life-changing.

An improvement on perfection?

Student days, yeah. This album used to transport me high above my smelly bedsit. Alternative music in the 80s hit it's absolute peak about halfway through 'Amelia'. No album by any of their contemporaries matches the Twins' Treasure for it's combined beauty and invention. When I first heard this album all those years ago it stopped me dead. Twenty-odd years on, and the re-mastered Treasure has just done it again.

Ping pong...

After 20 years I still haven't found another album where listening to the first 30 seconds gives me the tingling sensation that Treasure does. A peerless classic from start to finish. To me the best Cocteaus album and one of the top 10 albums of the 1980s.

Biography

Formed: 1979 in Grangemouth, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A group whose distinctly ethereal and gossamer sound virtually defined the enigmatic image of the record label 4AD, Cocteau Twins were founded in Grangemouth, Scotland, in 1979. Taking their name from an obscure song from fellow Scots Simple Minds, the Cocteaus were originally formed by guitarist Robin Guthrie and bassist Will Heggie and later rounded out by Guthrie's girlfriend Elizabeth Fraser, an utterly unique performer...
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