In 1984 I purchased 'Treasure', mostly because the cover looked fascinating, the song titles looked intriguing, and track one
sounded ok. It changed my life forever.
The Cocteau Twins were not just a band, they were an entire chapter in musical history. Loads of musicians, especially half the ones at 4AD, took something from them and came up with beautiful music. The masters themselves evolved from distorted guitars on debut album 'Garlands' to a concept of blending lots of melodies, rhythms and vocals together. On their predecessor, 'Blue Bell Knoll', the result was just a little too technical, a bit too artificial. Then, a few years later, on 'Heaven Or Las Vegas' they hit perfection.
Ten songs, ten masterpieces. And you can hardly even begin to describe their music. It's not very loud, but not really soft either. Some songs are quick, some are quiet. Some are complicated, some relatively simple. The melodies are hard to grasp - or are they? After a few times you hum every song along with your CD, so they're not that hard then, are they? But then, when you've turned off your CD-player you suddenly find you can only remember one or two at best. It's that kind of music, simple, yet complex. You can listen to this album and discover something new for at least twenty times. There's such a diversity on this album - listen to the vocal acrobatics on 'I wear your ring', the pulsating guitars on 'Fotzepolitic', or the romantic moods from 'Road, river and rail'. Then there's the intoxicating chorus on 'Iceblink luck' and the deceptively simple rhythms in 'Fifty-fifty clown'. And that's just half the album for you.
If you feel you like progressive rock music - or maybe just *any* kind of rock music - you'll never regret buying this one.