Treasure (studio album) by Cocteau Twins

Treasure by Cocteau Twins
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 415th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 615 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1984 (10th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (58th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (415th)
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Cocteau Twins bestography

Treasure is ranked 2nd best out of 17 albums by Cocteau Twins on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Cocteau Twins is Heaven Or Las Vegas which is ranked number 159 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 9,964.

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Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 615 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.6/100, a mean average of 80.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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From 08/20/2023 10:59
It has been said everyone has their year of sexual awakening, 1984 wasn’t mine but it sure was the year of my musical awakening and this album / band / label had a huge impact on forging my musical destiny.

I first heard “Cocteau Twins” as part of the This Mortal Coil ‘It Will End In Tears’ collaboration that came out earlier that year & in particular Frasers masterpiece cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren”. Then towards the end of 84 ‘Treasure’ came out and pretty much blew my mind and that was it …there was no going back. There was something otherworldly about their sound, I didn’t know it at the time but really what I was hearing was ground zero for dream pop (their previous two albums were more post punk/ goth ‘Treasure’ set the dream pop template). And to top off the mystique the album didn’t feature dorky awkward band shots, no, it had an abstract and weird cover kinda like the music itself. The tracks had odd one word titles like “Lorelei” and “Persephone” and “Otterly” none of which made a scrap of sense nor did the lyrics which really couldn’t be deciphered or understood. All I knew is it wasn’t top 40, it wasn’t Bruce Springsteen, it wasn’t Kenny Logins , simply it was awesome and I needed to hear more more more

So yeah thats my ‘Treasure’ story

‘Treasure’ really is a treasure even if the band itself despise it
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90/100
From 11/07/2022 21:36
A breath of fresh air in 1984, this is a mix of goth, new wave and 80s indie that will soon evolve into shoegaze and dream pop. This album is ethereal, mysterious nighttime experience and works really great as a whole. Each track is similar to another, but not to a degree when it becomes irritating.
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80/100
From 01/31/2022 08:01
Ethereal yes, but in my deep mind this is not my music, Beautiful and nonsensical :)
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60/100
From 01/03/2022 18:16
ethereal alluring alternative mystic dream
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95/100
From 11/03/2021 09:28
Album Rating: 86.40
(864/10)

Side A

1. "Ivo" - 88
2. "Lorelei" - 93
3. "Beatrix" - 86
4. "Persephone" - 98
5. "Pandora (for Cindy)" - 89

Side B

1. "Amelia" - 81
2. "Aloysius" - 86
3. "Cicely" - 76
4. "Otterley" - 79
5. "Donimo" - 88
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85/100
From 02/27/2021 21:28
A lot rawer than Heaven or Las Vegas.
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95/100
From 07/05/2018 12:33
This album is an underrated classic. I like how well her vocals match with the nonsensical lyrics. Also, in order to properly enjoy it, the music must be listened at nighttime on full volume.
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From 01/31/2018 03:38
Creates such a wonderful vibe and atmosphere whenever I listen to it. "Otterley" is amazing.
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80/100
From 11/30/2017 03:52
How is this not #1 for 84 or in top 5 for the 80's? Compared to their magnum opus, Treasure is more diffuse sonically. It feels like you are in a large room maybe a cave with crystals and there's more reverb on the vocals and some sound vocals sound close to the listener and some seem far away. Lots of echo on the drums to make it feel distant. Much more of a 3 dimensional ethereal space. More textbook ethereal than their other work although it strays occasionally, where Vegas to me is more shoegaze and borderlines on psychedelic dream pop.

But textures aside at the core it's the songwriting that is stellar. The composition of the music and the performances are amazing. The forward looking production and textural bliss doesn't hurt.
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95/100
From 09/22/2017 23:37
Crinimally underrated band and album.
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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
3. The Smiths by The Smiths
4. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
5. Let It Be by The Replacements
6. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
7. Double Nickels On The Dime by Minutemen
8. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
9. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
10. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
11. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
12. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
13. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
14. Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers by Bob Marley & The Wailers
15. Reckoning by R.E.M.
16. Diamond Life by Sade
17. 1984 by Van Halen
18. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
19. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
20. E2-E4 by Manuel Göttsching
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