(Reviewed by Bogie):
Twins Treasure, Released by 4AD, October 1984.
Pandora (for Cindy) (5:32)
In the intro
to Spinal Taps Stonehenge, they made this comment about
the druids: Nobody knows who they were, or what they were doing.
I dont know who they were, but I think I know what they were doing.
They were listening to Treasure by Cocteau Twins. The word unique
doesnt go quite far enough to describe the sound of the Cocteau
Twins but it will have to do. They have never sounded more unique than
on the record Treasure. There is sheer beauty in this release. Sometimes
simple, sometimes complex, the music is never boring from powerful
guitar riffs and pounding drums (albeit programmed) to gentle synth and
xylophone-sounding noises and serves as the core of the song. Liz
Frazers singing and lyrics can generate enough debate to complete
a Ph.D. seminar but the beauty of her voice is not up for debate. Whether
the lyrics are decipherable is not important as Frasers voice is
intended to be another instrument much more than it is required to relate
(a name borrowed from an early Simple Minds song and presumably some reference
to the famous French artist Jean Cocteau) was initially a trio from Grangemouth,
Scotland; Liz Fraser (vocals), Robin Guthrie (guitar, production) and
Will Heggie (bass). In late 1983 Englishman Simon Raymonde (bass and piano)
joined Liz and Robin as a replacement for Heggie. Fraser, Guthrie and
Raymonde kept their lineup intact until the band called it quits in 1997.
Raymonde also continued contributing to the 4AD labels incredible
This Mortal Coil project after the first album (the only one to feature
Liz Frazers vocals).
little value discussing the individual tracks here. Due to the vague lyrical
content all of these songs are going to mean very different things to
many people. Some remind me of Christmas with sounds of sleigh-bells.
Some remind one more of latin chorals. Still, some highlights for me are:
I suppose it must be some sort of ode to Ivo Watts-Russel the founder
of the 4AD record label. It is not possible to determine if they are adulating
or criticizing. Which is what makes this so much fun. Musically, this
is a wonderful intro to the album with its gentle acoustic beginnings
blossoming into a full and rousing sound.
Provides the raunchiest of guitar sounds on this record. A great
sound and yielding the occasional word decipherable in English.
Long and with one of the most stirring choruses Ive ever heard.
this is generally a gentle album it is advisable to crank up the volume.
There is a richness and feel that can only be appreciated fully with a
nice wall of sound. It is this richness that makes the record so wonderful,
taking you off to places only you are cognizant of. Itll be different