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Treasure

Cocteau Twins

1984

Treasure

Album Summary

Treasure is the third studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Cocteau Twins, released on 1 November 1984 by 4AD. With this album, the band settled on what would, from then on, be their primary lineup: vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, guitarist Robin Guthrie and bass guitarist Simon Raymonde. The album also reflected the group's embrace of the distinctive ethereal sound they became associated with.The album reached number 29 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming the band's first UK Top 40 album, and charted for eight weeks. It also became one of the band's most critically successful releases, although the band considered it underdeveloped. The track "Lorelei" became a minor dance hit during the mid-1980s.

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Rating

2.99

Votes

4775

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Shoegaze
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Fri Oct 02 2020
5

This is such a beautiful and original album. There was nothing like it before it came out, and, even though the band wasn't that happy with it saying that it sounds unfinished, that might be the thing that made it so perfect. Wonderfully layered with the two voices weaving in and out and around each other, the music here floats like a wispy cloud, but the more you listen to it, the more you hear. Absolutely brilliant. For many, it will take several listens to get it, but be patient and you will.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Aaaahhhh...the soothing sounds and driving beats of the Cocteau Twins, an 80s gem. I love them, and have fantasized about them opening for Echo & The Bunnymen in a small venue. Treasure is a dark, melodic journey and an album for many moods. It is a dreamy night drive album, but my first listen today was in the morning while sipping on Kenyan coffee and staring at the snow covered trees. Such a beautiful compliment to the squinting brightness and unknown of the day. And yet, it was even better on tonight's crisp trail walk...magically mesmerizing, with each song steering my mind and eyes into the mysteries of the wintery night. This record is an ethereal piece of art with not one reason to hit fast-forward on the tape deck. As a staple in our car tape cases back in high school, Treasure's A-side is still so strong (Lorelei & her friends) that it begs us to flip to B and keep driving until Donimo floats us home. (or to the river to float away from everything...)

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

I thank this project for introducing me to Cocteau Twins. I have now listened to the entire discography and am left in awe of every record, this is no exception. Beautiful.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Not sure what it was, but the angelic vocals and the large stadium sound, great run time, made for a great dream pop album. The vibe was amazing.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
5

This was ethereal and mythology heavy and beautiful. Persephone, Donimo, Pandora, all of it is great.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

I have no idea what any of those lyrics were. Listened to this using vintage Beyer headphones from the 80s. Sometimes things just make you stop and let the rain get you wet to the skin. Wonderful. So very wonderful.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

A lot of people seem to think dream pop is quiet background music but this sorta thing should be played loud for you to pick up on all the lush details here and let it rush all over you. Anyways, this Aussie is happy to be back and gives this album four bags of Burger Rings out of five.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

This album has such a fucking vibe, and I'm so here for it. I can only imagine how fucking awesome it must've been to be at the club in 1984 as something from this album took the speakers. It reminds me of a darker, more adult version of AURORA because Fraser's voice is so etheral and she uses her own made up language. Only the outdated drum machine (Persephone suffers from this one) is kind of an issue together with some mastering that seems slightly rushed, but somehow it just adds to the vibe. Really torn on this one, 4 or 5. Lorelei is such a jammer. Though I don't think about half of the songs are going to age very well to me, and just begin sounding weird at some point. Like Aloysius, which is already annoying after two listens. I think this album is a very strong 4. Truly a treasure.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

My best friend is probably the biggest Cocteau Twins fan I will ever meet and formally introduced them to me last year. I can't tell you how many nights I've spent with him on one of our couches or in one of our cars stoned out of our mind just disassociating to "Lorelei" and more songs from Heaven or Las Vegas. This album just brought about some good memories. While this is certainly their second best album and coming into it I only really knew "Lorelei" and the general sound of the band, I did enjoy this album. I found some tracks I like that I haven't heard before like "Pandora (For Cindy)" that were really good. All in all this was a great album to get blazed and vibe out so hard to.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

As it turns out, they are not actually twins and there’s 3 people in this band. Talk about false advertising. I kid, but I always kind of wondered if there were actual twins in this band. There aren’t, but, I swear*, I’m not going to let that have an effect on my review. Treasure is an enjoyable, ahead of its time dream-pop record. Its influence on modern indie is undeniable. If you’re a Stereolab fan, like me, I think you’ll find quite a few similarities between the ‘Lab and Cocteau Twins, especially on a track like “Pandora (for Cindy)”. (Full Disclosure: I’m partially hoping that a positive rating and Stereolab mention will bump up Stereolab in the generator’s recommendation queue for my account) Like a lot of British indie/underground of the 80’s, Treasure is a little overly dramatic and maudlin sounding, but makes up for it with interestingly layered vocals and beautiful guitar work. A thoroughly enjoyable 4 out of 5. *Deducted 1 star for not having any twins in the band

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Sat Jul 24 2021
3

I've heard of this band but that's it - always had it in my head that it's old school electronica for hipsters. I'm expecting similar feelings to Depeche mode in that half my friends and bands I like dig it, but I won't care. Baseline 3/5. Ok, it's not really electronica (beyond obvious drum machine) but I got the hipster part right. Initial thoughts are "accessible Kate Bush". Guitars well produced, the acoustic tones are lovely. Singing is nice, well harmonised etc. I dig the lack of expected song structures, it doesn't throw convention completely out the door but it kinda blurs the line between verse and chorus, and that's cool. Songwriting is consistent, if a little samey. The drums though, wtf. A few songs in they started to get really jarring, it sounds like midi drums from a $50 Casio keyboard. At times the drums are all you can hear - they didn't even try to hide the shit. Overall I probably won't listen to the whole thing ever again, but this wasn't a horrible experience by any means. The first song in particular was a standout, might make its way into a playlist. And if they'd used real drums I might have even given it a 4. 3/5.

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Mon May 17 2021
1

This is such a mess. Musically, vocally, and production-wise this band sound like they could do so much better but they somehow landed on this atrocity. There's no other way to describe it than a mess, it confuses my ears. Someone dropped all the elements of a decent album, and lost the instructions on how to put it back together, so we end up with all this disjointed dissonant nastiness.

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Thu May 27 2021
1

Keep this treasure buried

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

Wonderful

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

magical pretty

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

!!!! this is so good can’t believe I’ve never listened to this album before. dreamy, soft, magical + feels really ahead of its time. this album really relaxed me and made me v happy :) also the songs had cool names too

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

Their best imo.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

The dream

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Different than all the music I've ever heard. Not my style, but would enjoy listening to it once in a while

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Isn't it too dreamy?

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

Awesome listen. Ethereal indeed.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Insane but really good

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Still being copied by beach house to this day

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

je fais une mega remontada dans mes reviews et il y a beaucoup d'albums qualitatifs ce qui présage un effrayant creux musical très bientôt

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

??????

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Spooky shenanigans that undeniably slap.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

toma no teu cu felizali

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Not really listened to the Cocteau Twins before - although Lorelei must have popped on Spotify as I'd liked it. This was a lovely album to listen to - really dreamy. Loved everything about it.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

19/08/2022 Cocteau Twins – Treasure 4.5/5 Great surprise! I hadn’t heard about Cocteau Twins before, but their impact in dream pop and the influence they have accomplished in other musicians is quite clear after listening to this album. It has been like exploring the ancient foundation documents of an established civilization. I really liked the music of the band: the ethereal sounds, the experimentation with sound and singing, and the voice of the vocalist, Elizabeth Fraser (that I also discovered is the singer in “Song of the Siren” of The Mortal Coil); that is almost celestial. The only bad thing about the album, in my opinion, is the bad production and low quality of the sound of the tracks, so it is better enjoyed with headphones. Ivo – 5/5 Great guitars, great ambience, great voice. It creates a great atmosphere of mystery and etherealness. My favourite track of the album. Lorelei – 3.5/5 I’m surprised of how you can create such a complex sound landscape with so little production and not too many instruments. Still a bit dissonant in my opinion. Beatrix – 4/5 “Kate Bush meets Egypt” vibes. I really like how each song creates its own atmosphere, transferring you to different environments. Persephone – 4.5/5 A more “rockish” song, closer to what The Cranberries did in the 90’s. Elizabeth knows how to work with her voice in different contexts, giving different textures and sounds. Pandora (for Cindy) – 5/5 The mixture of different sounds the band creates in this song is perfect, not going anywhere too complicated. Again, a highlight for Elizabeth. Amelia – 3.5/5 This song doesn’t work for me as the others, but it is still good creating a different atmosphere. Aloysius – 4.5/5 Love the guitars in this song. Not any more to say, but I loved it. Cicely – 3/5 Probably my least liked song, but not because of its flaws, but because I don’t really connect with the ambience it creates. Otterley – 4/5 It sounds more like an interlude that anything else. But it accomplishes a very relaxing and evolving atmosphere, almost like you are underwater. Donimo – 4/5 Good ending track, and a great conclusion to the album.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

Had this album on constant play back in the 80s, but I hadn't revisited the whole thing in probably 30 years. Absolutely lovely, one of the great albums of that era. I agree with those who say that some of the technological aspects of this album's sound seem a bit dated. But you can't argue with that vibe, which sounds rather timeless. Darkly lovely, exotic and ethereal music. Gorgeous, haunting arrangements and one of the most striking uses of vocals I've ever heard. This is an outstanding album by one of the most unique and influential bands in music, arguably their best. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Persephone, Beatrix, Lorelei, Otterley, Donimo, Pandora (for Cindy), Aloysius, Amelia, Ivo, Cicely

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Dreamy! Amazing textures, arresting vocals, interesting melodies and harmonies

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

My kind of music! I'm an absolute slut for both shoegaze/dream pop and goth. Love the ethereal vibes, angelic voice and nonsensical lyrics (or is it Scottish?). I have no idea why I never bothered to check out Cocteau Twins before. Incredible. People who don't like this are weak. Sorry, I don't make the rules.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

I don't know how to describe this album but I enjoyed a lot the mysticism around all songs. Also, the voice in all the song are just part of the music, that's why the lyrics aren't too complex.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

The atmosphere on this album is unique and fantastic. A magnificent cross between their more gothic side and their more dream pop side. The timbre of the instruments is always particularly well put together to accompany this voice and these distinct words. This album is a nice breath of fresh air despite being dark. Absolutely love it.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Beautiful, dark, romantic, and ethereal. This is one of my favorite albums, with masterpieces from start to finish. Frazer speaks in a mixture of English, Latin, and Gaelic among others, using the beauty of language as the primary instrument itself. The guitars echo and create a wave of noise that create space in this otherworldly reality her music is set in. It's optimistic but cold in a gothic romanticized manner. There are some dance tracks like "Lorelai", some emotionally dramatic tracks like "Persephone" or "Amelia", and some that put you in an neverending trance like "Pandora." The simplicity of the song titles, minimal instrumentation, and lack of sensical lyrics place an emphasis on the organized structures of the songs and their linked coherency. It doesn't follow any form of conventional pop structure, so you never know where the song's headed next, but you're pulled in every second. Second half moves into more unconventional, intricate ambient compositions. "Aloysius" is melancholic, calm while still dramatic. "Cicely" is the hardest and coldest song on the album, marked by fast rhythmic drum beats and wailing guitars. "Otterley" is characterized by whipsers and the sound of waves on an eery and desolate beach, haunted by ghosts and sirens. We end with the angelic and satisfying "Donimo", a gorgeous teary closer. I agree with this track ordering, although I could see how some could lose focus in these last few. I find it to be flawless from start to finish, and one I revisit for all sorts of occasions.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Dream pop - subgenre of alternative rock and neo-psychedelia

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

not as good as holv but still great. more gothy, production is harsh

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Tell you what's the fuckin bomb boys. This album. Wacky 3am listen for me but mamma mia. Why isn't it a 5 star album then I hear you say? Well, I was freaked out by it too.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

A pretty decent album, I can see why it was so important to the scene.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

false

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Hell yes

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Haha I love the Cocteau Twins! This album is good but not as good as Heaven or Las Vegas.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

One of most original goth records from an underrated band

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

"We're covered by the sacred fire When you come to me You come to me broke" (Lorelei) No sé si señalaría ninguna canción por separado como mi favorita, pero todo el disco tiene un aura de brujería muy guay.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

all of the sounds on this really work for me, i love the heavy guitar effects and the layered sounds. the vocals are really beautiful, definitely growing on me as i listen. i think some of the songs in the middle could really use a stronger beat to break up the floatiness, but maybe that's just my taste. i think it'd really reward a second listen.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Melodic with wonderful female vocals.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

distinctive sound, likeable

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Quest’album mi ha sorpreso, suona molto moderno e ha un’estetica singolare. L’uso del riverbero mi piace molto.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

In conclusione: Ho dovuto ascoltare questo album 2 volte perché è davvero difficile da mettere a fuoco. L'impatto mi ha spiazzato, conoscevo questo gruppo di nome e conoscevo Lorelei (ma non so dove l'avevo sentita) ma se non per questo non sapevo altro. Devo dire che mi ha colpito molto, ho salvato vari pezzi su Spotify (forse i due che più mi hanno colpito sono Beatrix e Cicely). Ci sento davvero tanto di gruppi che verrano dopo come i Daughte o Sigur Rós ma anche un po' di emo in alcuni arpeggi di chitarra. Considerando sta sorta di glossolalia della voce mi sembrano tipo un gruppo indie che fa cover della sound track di Loco Roco. Un punto sicuramente molto negativo è la produzione che è veramente a malapena ascoltabile in certi momenti, non so se questo album è autoprodotto come sembrerebbe (di certo autoproduzione nell'84 non era autoproduzione oggi) però è veramente terribile. Capisco cosa volevano fare però... no. In ogni caso ho fatto tutti e due gli ascolti molto volentieri, penso proprio che me lo riascolterò, se la produzione fosse stata all'altezza forse avrebbe rischiato il 5, chissà.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Weird, but good!

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

Pop de qualidade com vocal feminino envolvente

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Beautiful. One of their greatest albums, starting with the utterly gorgeous "Ivo".

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Very mystical sounding. Great vocals, even though I couldn't understand a word of what they were saying. Song structure is simple, but works very well in practice.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

This album is a medival-rock-sphere pop mix. The tracks are less pop-songs and more rock. In the fact its amzing how these hamonic experiments are grafted onto rock structures. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Lorelei, Persephone

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

This is a pretty cool album. Not really my thing but they have a very unique style and I didn't hate it so there must be something to it, right? Hard to judge this kind of thing. Probably one of those albums that I wouldn't mind having on in the background while doing other things.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Easy 4 for me. Has all the stuff I like from the mid 80s - layered synths and ethereal vocals. Ultimately, I think The Glove's Blue Sunshine from the year before (1983) hits some of this stuff better. Also, I wish the album had ended with Cicely.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

ethereal

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

4.0 - Lush dreamscapes that are dark and jagged, like waking up in a fever and looking out your window onto an icy winter night.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Glorious

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Beautiful, etheral and way ahead of its time. Absolutely terrific dream pop.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

I like this a lot. I had heard of the Cocteau Twins and had a vague idea in my head of their sound being alternative with an ethereal twist, but was expecting more alternative and less ethereal. It was actually the other way around though. Very nice. 4 stars.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

This is great!

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

It's super weird and unique. I like this album a lot and I'm excited to dive into their other records.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

This album starts out very strongly. The first four songs are absolutely magical. They sound like a mystical, ethereal siouxsie and the banshees. the second half of the album leans too much on atmospherics forgoing the gorgeous melodies of the first half. Still a really beautiful and accomplished album 4 🌟

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

interesting

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

This was really good! I never really got into Cocteau Twins but had a great time with this one, the production is just immaculate and the melodies are so folkish and dreamy Will definitely be going back and checking out more of their albums

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Other than their non-album single I'd never listened to the Cocteau Twins. Very pleasant listening, albeit with a slightly intrusive drum machine. Dreamy and ethereal, and I will be digging this one out again.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

The album where they arguably became the "Cocteau Twins". They hate it. The disjunct between the general etheralness of the music and the solid crunch of the drum machine (did they feed that through gated reverb? It has the same sort of machine gun sound as The Church's "Seance" album) is fascinating.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Dream soundscapes and Elisabeth Frazer adding vocals of incredible beauty. It’s all about atmosphere here, and gets slightly boring if the ears are set for rythmic 3 min songs with lyrics telling a story, but as a back drop for a meditative moment it works. And the best from Cocteau Twins

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

oh yeah

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Loved this - will need to listen again. Lush sounds, but still so much space in the music.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Unique voice and phrasing, nonsense lyyrics, (but who cares). Beautiful and lush.

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Sw4g

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Sun May 15 2022
4

I don’t know if Spotify’s source is faulty or not but the sound quality of this album was worse than I remembered, particularly the drum machines. They do add a mechanical charm. Anyway, it’s Cocteau Twins.

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Cock twins Cock twins

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Mon May 16 2022
4

A beautiful album. Really love the drums thumping out in a really mad way over these beautiful delicate tracks

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Familiar with "Lorela", but I hadn't listened to a full album before. Certainly a very unique sound. The closest thing I can equate it to is Kate Bush. I certainly don't begrudge the use of the drum machines and think they are a big part of the reason why this album sticks out in their catalog.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Would like to dig into this group more, new to me but I like what I hear.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Okay looks cool… The album opens off with the song Ivo an interesting plunge into the soundscape of the album with dreamy guitars and odd lyrics cool song. Then there is Lorelei another song in a very similar vein to Ivo but with some cool bell sounds. Honestly if you’re looking for like a less heavy and distorted version of my bloody valentines loveless ( so basically a non showgaze version of that) this would be what I think it would turn out like. Beatrix takes the listener through a more haunted soundscape basically being a creepy chant backed up by dream pop sounds. Persephone is a heavier cut going to more of rock sounding existence it’s just the small things like this rattle sound like a snake crawling out of a cave an the fact that the lyrics are more understandable and less loveless’y really makes it a stand out on first listen. Pandora ( for Cindy) ends off side A it’s this haunting swirling track hidden in with the dreamy soundscapes that make this band sound so special. Side 2 opens with Amelia a loud but not a heavy song the soundscapes are very similar to what we’ve herd before but in a perfected way one of my favourites to be fair. Aloysius is another track moulding into similar sounding stuff but the drums are a real highlight on here. Cicely has an awesome base line that really bring this song together the best bit has to be the spiralling pre chorus though a proper trip. The penultimate track otterley is a morbid thing indeed slow and gloomy yet gentle with the rushes of the see. Probably my least favourite but it’s still cool. The album closes with it’s longest song domino which is this sorta song from heaven being slow but grand and an amazing send off. I really liked it and was close to giving it a 5/5 but I think you really have to be in a certain mood with this but if it clicks like it did with me well my god it’s great.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

I really liked this album! Ethereal, otherworldly, perfect for a certain kind of mood.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

really liked this album, you can see the direction the group is moving in and how they were pioneers of dreampop. this has some flaws, it’s no heaven or las vegas, which is why it’s a 4, but it’s a very high 4

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Pretty good. Dragged at times but neat to see Proto-shoegaze

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Draumkennd og flæðandi, skemmtileg plata!

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

3.5/5 dreamy indie pop. decent but sometimes high voice is grating

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

I liked it. Very unique sound.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I’d like to give a 3.5. Better than average, but not quite a 4

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Un trésor d'album de la part des Kate Bush Twins.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

airy fever dream drones and nonsencial lyrics. kinda reminds me of Candy Claws. feels 1 track too long, but it's a vibe

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Almost timeless in how ethereal it is. A great album just to vibe to.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

How was this album made in the early 80s? It feels so ahead of it's time, specially in its production quality. It is such a beautiful, soothing album. The onlyproblem I have with it is that some songs drag out for too long.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

"Ninwouuuni chaba chaba tolseeeee" Beautiful.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Yeah nice weird

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Still sounds surprisingly good

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

Great, jangly, atmospheric, almost shoegazey Scottish Baroque goth. If you like it, you'll love it. It's not a melodic album without being relaxing, and perhaps a smidge one dimensional but it's also completely joyful, self-confident and of its moment. It edges a four because I've been giving out too many threes.

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Wed Oct 07 2020
3

Good stuff from essential band. Never really into them but can’t really criticise it’s uniqueness or quality

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

I kinda liked it, it's like odd ambient music with singing

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

It was okay. Background music while cleaning

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

Dreamy, but not something I would put in my rotation.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Nästan en fyra. Drömsk och mysig.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

easy listening - pretty voice. not my jam tho

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Nice abum. I liked it. I have now learned about Dream Pop en Shoegaze. As far as I know they never had a hitsong in the Netherlands. But did 24 concerts in the Netherlands.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Decent female wave

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Not for me

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Dieses bescheuerte Skript hat schon wieder meinen Text gelöscht. Damn! Jedenfalls hat mich der Genuss dieser Platte folgendes über zwei Genres gelehrt, von denen die Cocteau Twins Mutter und Patentante zugleich sind: am Shoegaze liebe ich am meisten die Gitarren und die Pedale; am Dreampop ist es der Gesang, der mich stört. Beides nimmt die Treasure nämlich in Reinform vorweg. Für diese wunderbar erhellende Quintessenz deshalb auch die ausgewogendste Note hier: genau 3 Sterne.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Nothing remarkable but nice chill music to study to. I couldn't really tell the songs apart. Sounded almost like the background of a Ghibli movie at times?

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

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Thu May 06 2021
3

De 2e keer dat deze groep passeert. Deze keer meer 'dream' en minder 'pop'. Het gaat een beetje alle kanten uit en is niet zo genietbaar 2,5 sterren die ik afrond naar 3

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Experimenteel zonder té vreemd te zijn.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Reminds me of Kate Bush both in the instrumentals and the vocal style. Consistently decent with a few really nice tracks, 3.5

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Knew the name but had never heard any of their music - pleasantly surprised and might go back

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Good. Would listen again. Her voice is beautiful.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Gut zum "Nebenbei"-Hören aber dann doch irgendwie schnell wieder vergessen.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Ganz interessant, sphärische Klänge

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

Unusual folk woman's vocal with interesting music. But something is missing because doesn't catch.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Ended up listening to the greatest hits but I may come back to this.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

Quite liked it.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Enjoy as subdued background music. Eerie at times.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Atmospheric. Good listen.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Very punchy drums, sort of a haunting sound, engaging and introspective but not a standout

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Wed May 19 2021
3

I really liked the ethereal vibe and harmonies. I did not like the nonsense lyrics and boring drum machine.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Very interesting. I wanna know more about the things they used to produce this album at that time.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Prettt iconic sound, pretty out-there. Definitely an influence for modern synth pop stuff

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Non conoscevo. Nonostante la maledizione "sound degli anni '80" li ho trovati interessanti e molto più di nicchia rispetto al panorama musicale di quel periodo. Unica nota negativa la voce, che a un certo punto diventa insopportabile. Tutto sommato mi sento di premiarli per l'originalità. Voto 3

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Eh

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

At first I couldn't decide if her 'Joey Tribbiani speaking French' was genius or stupid but in the end gets annoying. Having said that I still really like the music so it's a 3 for me.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

This album is weird. Which is fine, but it's not the kind of weird that I find all that interesting. A couple highlights, but I didn't find it very consistently good during my initial listen. Second listen: It was a little better, but still not really for me, i guess.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

223 albums later, here we are. "Heaven or Las Vegas" was the first record I got on this site, and I feel like that is a better, more evolved record. I like the ethereality (is that a word?) and choral elements of this record, I just don't think the group hit their stride until later. Still a nice, relaxing offering. Favorite tracks: "Lorelei", "Ivo", "Aloycius"

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Sun Aug 22 2021
3

Inarticulate even for the Twins, and not to their benefit. It still sounds unlike anything else out there, but there's the distinct sense that it's for good reason this time. Especially on the back half of the record, the textures begin to settle into songs, albeit not in the neatness-unneatness of later releases. For that reason, it's notable as a transition point for the band's sound.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Bueno

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

OK

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

I like their sound.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

Really enjoyed this album. Giving it 3 stars b/c it isn't the most technical of albums. But very creative and unique in sound.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Haunting vocals. The album art and sound remind evoke the Evanescent style from the mid 2000s. Cocteau Twins were probably an influence. I'd say the guitar work is ahead of its time for 1984. It feels like its ushering in what will be the alternative wave of the 90s. Like Autobahn or Ladysmith Black Mombozo, not knowing the language forces me to focus more on the music and rhythms. On the whole, this is not really a negative for this album. The first two songs Ivo and Lorelei are actually really great, the former being the better. Lorelei has a sense of 80s that is not bad but very time stamped with those synths and bells. I do like how the female vocals mix. I think The Cranberries were probably also influenced by this band. Persephone reminds me of of a funky blues rock song like Led Zepplin maybe? As the album goes on, I began to wish I understood the lyrics, so it's not musically dramatic or diverse enough to carry me all the way through. Otterley gives me David Lynch vibes though, so I wonder if he's a fan? This would have pre-dated Twin Peaks and Angelo Badalamenti definitely scores similarly to this song. I'm going to give this 3 stars, but for something like this, 3 stars is pretty impressive to get from me.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Not super my thing, but it was fine as background music for the day.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

1984: Lorelei, Beatrix

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Sat Sep 11 2021
3

Didn't dig it as much as Heaven or Las Vegas.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

-Liked this album -Familiar with Cocteau Twins but not this album -Really like the moodiness to the songs -Very unique sound and vocals -Love the harmonies throughout the album -Favourite songs are Ivo, Lorelei, Persaphone, Pandora (For Cindy)

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Like an incomprehensible Kate Bush, not in a bad way, just not really what I’m looking for in my life right now. Listened twice, couldn’t tell you how any of it went.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

First group in the list I've barely heard of. They sound like music from the future for 1984. Definitely interesting, creative, ethereal...but not my thing so much. I can see why people would love this though.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Interesting, unorthodox "spacy" sound but fails to catch my attention further

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Listened to this twice as I didn't get much from it first time. I think it takes a while to sink in as it's so floaty and vague. The drums are far too 80s to score higher

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Worth a listen but a bit samey

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Less exciting version of the Cranberries. Not bad, but probably wouldn’t go out of my way to listen again.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Prior commentary on this group pretty much holds, though it grew on me a little in this outing. Not quite my thing.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Pleasant sounds to drift off to. Favorites: Ivo, Lorelei, Otterley

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

Liked it. Really light

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

One man's treasure is another man's... decent?

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Very dreamy and ethereal. I will say though I am pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Whilst at the time of release I can see how it would have been quite out there and different. This would not have been the same record had they not included the backing drums on each of the tracks. It reminds me of the "Mermaid Song" from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. It's a good album to pop on when you're in the mood for a chill/space-out session. Best: Ivo Worst: Amelia

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

've heard HOLV before, but never listened to a full album. I enjoyed the music, so this all comes down to the vocal, when it works, it's great, but when it doesn't it's annoying and some of the tunes were downright corny. Ultimately, this album just made me want to listen to the Sundays and understand the lyrics.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

It's baffling to me how they pick the albums for this. Blue Bell Knoll is better. I'm an old timey mod girl (goth, believe it or not, was after me), so the spooky echo-y siren thing works for me. Some good tracks, but not a whole album listen for me.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

I can’t figure this album out. I actually liked it, but I can’t imagine when I would play it again. When relaxing at home? On a train ride or cross country drive? At the club? I dug the vocals and low key was into the vibe, but I have no clue why. Very dreamy. Felt like a soundtrack for a specific kind of 80s fantasy movie. 🧚‍♀️

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Qué recuerdos!!! Y cómo me sigue gustando "Lorelei". El resto no es lo mejor ni más entretenido del grupo así que se va a quedar en 3 estrellas por el cariño que les tengo.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

decent bit of dream pop

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Not really sure why but I liked quite a few of these songs

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Some songs hauntingly beautiful others hauntingly shit

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Lovely ambient sound to this album. You could imagine some of the songs cropping up in Lost in Translation

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Interesting sound

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

Some good tracks

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Intéressant. Mon premier album du groupe. Étrangement, je trouve qu'il y a des sonorités, particulièrement sur le drum, qui ont mal vieillies comparativement à d'autres artistes de cette époque. Les guitares sont bonnes. J'aime moins le petit côté Enya dans la voix pour certaines pièces. La première pièce est bonne malgré tout. Ce n'est pas un coup de coeur à la première écoute, mais ça a suscité mon intérêt envers le groupe. Je vais sûrement revenir à cet album.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

Mellow eerie goodness

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Good album

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Thu May 12 2022
3

sounds like bijork

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Thu May 19 2022
3

interesting album, not exactly my cup of tea but its an intersting melodious dreamy style of ambient like music

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Thu May 26 2022
3

I like the ethereal-ness of it, but not a huge fan of the vocal delivery. For some reason I thought they were techno as well, so it was an unexpected surprise to hear dream pop. Still plagued by 80s-ness unfortunately.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Strano, orecchiabile, etereo?

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Spacey and etherial. I've never really been a fan but I could see why it might appeal. 3 stars cause it's interesting, even if I don't love it.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Surprisingly good. I went in with low expectations but this was pretty cool.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Definitely an interesting sound and style here. Elizabeth Fraser's voice is wonderfully haunting. Some of the tracks (e.g., Pandora) have a real nice sense of melody and countermelody that caught my attention. This band composes and performs quite well. At times, the drum machine sounded a little harsh to my ear, but that's a personal preference. I get it as an artistic choice to punctuate the songs. Overall, I liked this album.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

This a pretty weird one and most definitely not what I expected. I remember getting some songs by Cocteau Twins on spotify playlists related to atmospheric/ambient trip-hop music. Therefore, I had them mentally pegged more in that corner than in any post-punk corner. Maybe they are very different album to album, maybe they're just doing their own thing and are hard to classify. Be that as it may, I quite liked the instrumental but found the percussion rather tinny and didn't like the vocals too much. Dreamy, yes. But not not in the 'floaty', relaxing manner I'd prefer. Definitely OK background music and I know that I quite enjoy some of their other tracks on playlists that I like. But this album isn't really right for me.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

The ultimate Manic Pixie Dream Girl Soundtrack.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

OK, maybe *Heaven Or Las Vegas* should be included in an ideal list of 1001 albums, even if some of its instrumentations have aged quite poorly--it's a bane that many eighties LPs have after all, and three decades later, one could argue that such dated instrumentations are also adding a layer of quaint charm to the whole thing. Not so sure about *Treasure*, though, which is plagued by similar problems--even if its own gated drums are here closer to goth shenanigans than the more overproduced affair that *Heaven Or Las Vegas* is. Yep, hardcore Cocteau Twins fans will tell you the contrary, thay will certify that those goth shenanigans are what makes this one closer to a purer version of the band. But when two thirds of said band have disowned your favorite album by them, it seems that there is some of misunderstanding at play between artists' intents and their target audience. In a way, I'm tempted to side with the band here, given that the two albums that followed, the far less famous *Victorialand* and *Blue Bell Knoll*, have at least aged more gracefully production-wise. Besides, I'm not so sure about how Liz Fraser herself feels about this one. Maybe 100% of the band members actually hate *Treasure*, who knows? All those considerations aside, I guess that what the fans fell in love with on that record are the impressive vocal feats performed by Fraser. One gets the sense that there are no bounds she is reluctant to tackle and even explode on *Treasure*. But this blessing might also come with a curse given that Liz's voice admittedly risks becoming grating on some tunes. Yes, she is a gifted and adventurous vocalist. But "adventurous" often becomes *overkill* on *Treasure*. At some point she even goes to a yodelling mode, and it's easy to see why such Meredith Monk-like vocal feats won't sit well with each and every listener out there. You could even suspect they might even serve a hidden purpose: to convey how insubtantial and/or purely mechanical Cocteau Twins' music sounds at times... So my overall take is that *Treasure* is a mixed bag. Too bad, it kicked off with two catchy tunes, *Ivo* and *Lorelei*... But unless your mind and ears are stuck in 1984, what might have been new and exciting back then may now sound awkward or clunky. So next, please. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 824 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 95 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 45 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 38

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

Vocals were a little weird but also kind of cool. I liked the ethereal sound, though it got to be a little too much after the first few songs.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Good, but not great. Love the vocals, and the sound is pretty unique, but still doesn't quite make it to four 🌟 - not even with a bonus point for being Scottish!

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Definitely a unique album. Ethereal Yodeling in a made up language. Overall I thought it was alright, and it went by fairly quickly.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

It's alright, not something I'd listen on my free time

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

Le calvaire générateurien continue, avec cet album des Cocteau Twins. Il faut savoir que les Cocteau Twins sont sous l'emprise du puzzle du millenium de Kate Bush, ce qui signifie que Kate Bush peut prendre le contrôle de l'album à tout moment. Cela se produit ici dès les premières secondes de l'album, où l'esprit de Kate Bush sortira du puzzle dans un "Kate Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush retentissant". Kate Bush ne quittera plus l'album à partir de ce moment.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

pas mal pour des putes hurleuses

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Dream pop with unintelligible lyrics. This should just irritate me with tweeness. But it doesn't. There's some truly intriguing sounds here. My attention started to wander, however.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

Jotenkin tosi kaunis. Oli kiva kuunnella, mutta en usko että löysin mitään ihan lempparikappaleita. Suosikit: Ivo, Beatrix, Donimo.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

- Only ever listened to HOLV before - Good album - Would prefer Cocteau Twins if they used actual lyrics, but I can kind of see the 'voice as an instrument' perspective - Fav songs: Lorelai, Beatrix, Donimo

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Still not a fan...

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

I really enjoyed the song Lorelei. I liked the album but just not my favourite...

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Deffo a vibe. Took me a couple of tries to get into it. But once I did, I enjoyed it.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

This was whatever to me. I barely remember listening to it.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

Nah, not again. Why is there 2 of their albums in this list?

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Fri Dec 18 2020
2

Aika outoa settiä

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Sat Jan 23 2021
2

Didn't know Dream Pop was a thing before this! I wanted to like the weird psychedelic vocals and stuff but it ends up just being annoying noise for the most part. Lorelei was cool though.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

I could never get into the vocals. The music is cool.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

2.2

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

Fav Song: Lorelei

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Nope

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Tue Mar 23 2021
2

dream pop

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Not really my thing

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

I thought some songs were okay, the rest were quite boring.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Eh

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Wie Helium atmen. Klingt komisch, bleibt nicht lang im Kopp & hat keine weitreichenden Folgen. Extra points for „Pandora“ and helping 4AD getting on the map. 2,2

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Musik ganz geil. Aber diese Stimme, heieieiei.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

Dull

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

2/5

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