Treasure

The Cocteau Twins' ground-breaking catalog is revisited with a long-overdue, remastered reissue series.

The Cocteau Twins' ground-breaking catalog is revisited with a long-overdue, remastered reissue series. Released in 1984, third album Treasure marked a sonic turning point. It was the fullest realization of the Twins' unique dynamic, which had only been hinted at on raw debut album Garlands and sophomore disc Head Over Heels. Treasure also marked the debut of the act's classic lineup—vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, guitarist Robin Guthrie, and new bassist Simon Raymonde. With songs named after figures from ancient Greek mythology, Treasure was home to spiraling, echoing guitars, ferocious drum programs, incessant bass, and Fraser's otherworldly vocals. Unfortunately, the original recording's piercing treble, rumbling bass, and brutal energy are muted by this disc's remastering. Still, a vision this unique is hard to muzzle, and Treasure remains one of the band's most accessible records.—CR