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Treasure [VINYL] [CD]

Cocteau Twins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4ad
  • ASIN: B000008979
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful
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I have no idea how to begin to explain this one...
A few years ago my then-girlfriend played me a track by the Cocteau Twins. She didn't tell me what it was called or what album it was on, but even though I only heard it once the bizarre haunting vocal line stayed with me. Four years later (about three months ago) I was flicking through the boxes at a cd fair and came across a cluster of Cocteau Twins albums and, on a whim, chose this one - hoping to find the track I'd heard. The song wasn't on here (if you're interested it was 'in the gold dust rush' from 'head over heels') but I haven't been so pleased with an impulse purchase in years.
There's very little point in me trying to describe what this album sounds like. Many have tried with varying degrees of success over the years. I don't want to just chuck in the words 'ethereal', 'haunting', 'other-worldly' which are staples used to describe pretty much anything more subtle than Jet these days. Let me put it simply...
This. album. is. wonderful.
It sounds like nothing I've heard before. The lyrics may be indecipherable but those strange syllables have been clinging to my ears ever since I first heard them. "peep-oh peach blow pandor pompador" - I don't know what it means but it's under my skin now and I don't think it's going anywhere.
Even aside from the vocals, which are the most immediately distinctive thing about this cd, the music is unique too. There are hints of My Bloody Valentine in the guitars, perhaps the jangle could bring you in mind of Felt, the keyboards and atmospherics can link to anything from Joy Division to Mogwai to Boards of Cananda but really comparisons are useless. This is unique and special.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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The cover art, with that sad, nocturnal image of a dressmaker's dummy, shrouded partially by a billowing net curtain, seems to perfectly evoke the bleak beauty of late-night isolation so central to the Cocteau Twin's sound. This album was the first of theirs that I bought, having been spurred on by a friend who still considers them to be the greatest band in the world and who sold me on their sound by citing the similarities between the Cocteau's and other artists like My Bloody Valentine, Sigur Ros and Björk, as well as 4AD label mates like The Pixies and Pale Saints.
It's true that you can detect certain superfluous similarities between those bands and this album, but, in all honesty, Treasure doesn't really sound like anything else. In fact, having subsequently purchased other Cocteau's albums, I've found that every LP that they've released sounds somewhat different to the one that came before. It's impossible to really explain their sound to someone who is unfamiliar with their work without falling back on a clutch of over-emotive and needlessly verbose descriptions, using words like glacial, fragile, fractured, haunting, ethereal, lush, lulled, incandescent, dreamlike, evocative, haunted - and so on and so on - in an attempt to sum up that distinct and magical Cocteau Twins' sound. As a result, Treasure seems to be beyond categorisation... one of those unique offerings that will delight some and infuriate others (see also; Talk Talk's Laughing Stock, Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, Scott Walker's Tilt, Medulla by Björk or the 2002 effort by Sigur Ros), by refusing to pander to the generic conventions of rock or pop music and, instead, disappearing into it's own private world.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply their best. 14 July 2000
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Format:Audio CD
In the early 1300's, Dante Alighieri became increasingly underwhelmed with language. He felt Latin (the written language) was artificial and furthermore, all the "natural languages" (languages used for speaking, opposed to Latin) were vulgar. He believed that this all had stemmed from the blasphemy of Babel, where God's (and Adam's) perfect, true language had splintered and fragmented and probably died. After years of research Dante decided it was impossible to find the first and perfect language so he vowed to make one himself. He felt he'd write poetry so lulling and beautiful that the rest of the world would adopt his new-language. As far as I know, he never succeeded. The Cocteau Twins, however, (and you thought I'd never get around to them) may have found what Dante had craved. Elizabeth Fraiser's "vocals" are stunningly beautiful, and one can always hear pieces of words or sentences from as many languages as are out there, I swear I have heard Dutch, French and of course English in her "lyrics" and I presume there may be a healthy dose of Gaelic, or Celtic, in some of her yodels (but I wouldn't know for sure). Most describe her form of singing as gibberish (in a good way) but I think it may be more calculated than that. I suppose it can be said she is singing in both Babylonian and Dante's imaginary language, embracing each. I dunno.
I first heard of the Cocteau Twins in 1985 when I was a rather rabid Cure fan, I had read somewhere that the Cocteau Twins were Robert Smith's favorite band. That was enough for me to search them out, but it simply wasn't that easy. Anyone who is my age with my musical tastes will recall the days when record stores just didn't have everything (well, not here anyway, America is weird like that).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Truman
Published 6 months ago by HAN XIAO
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite of mine
Haven't been able to get these haunting melodies out of my head. Lovely to get them back again & they are as amazing as ever.
Published 12 months ago by anon
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was a gift for my son's birthday and not really my cup of tea music wise. He was very pleased with it.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs Judith Dyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure is an absolute gem!
Having raved on about 'Blue Bell Knoll' in a previous review, I now have to come clean and say that I still think that The Cocteau Twins reached absolute perfection with this one. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Charlotte Sometimes
3.0 out of 5 stars Retro.
I loved this album as a teenager, sitting in my bedroom with it on full volume, as an ALBUM version. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. McAuley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Owned this on cassette, LP & remains one of the finest albums of the 80' absolute masterpiece.....say no more...!
Published 19 months ago by d cox
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album, horrible sounding vinyl edition
This is probably Cocteau's finest effort and an era-defining album which hardly needs any extra praise for me. Read more
Published 20 months ago by rolandjuno60
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing along with any words you fancy
Love this album - reminds me of good things. Usually words of songs are important to me but not here - good job really as there aren't any - or at least anything one can... Read more
Published 20 months ago by L. J. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure - Cocteau Twins
An album to buy, almost a classic. Difficult to describe: Melodic choruses and experimental instrumentation. The first 3 songs are magical but the rest is almost as good. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Carlos
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