Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Siouxsie & Banshees|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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mike | Australia | 07/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After listening to 'Superstition' right after my previous Siouxsie purchases, 'Juju' 'Keleiodoscope' and 'Once Upon A Time' I must say I couldn't believe my ears. I'd just gone from screepy, scary and sometimes downright abrasive to something mellow, produced and almost poppish. 'SELLOUT!' voices in my head screamed.However, once I got over myself (as i hope some other reviewers here will one day) I realised that 'Susperstition' when viwed objectively rather than in context of The Banshees wide catologue holds very good ground of its own right. While Stephen Hague's production gets a little over zealous at times (the layered synth work does get somewhat cluttering) and the lyrics are somewhat unfocused ('Cry' appears to be addressing two issues here, and as for 'Little Sister' and 'Silver Waterfalls, well they just don't make sense) there are many strong tracks on here that are either catchy or will eventually grow on you.Siouxsie has always being provocative, and on several count here doesn't fail. 'Kiss Them For Me' is subjected around Jayne Mansfield's tragic crashing incident and 'The Ghost In You' reflects the Tinnamen Square massacre. And how can you forget 'Fear (Of The Unknown)' where Siouxsie asks us what it would be like to jump off a tall building? However the overall mood of the album is melancholic rather than gothic or scary as is the Banshee trademark, the songs being slices of brooding music to dance to rather than have nightmares over. Siouxsie's voice also is somewhat more subduded and she proves here she is capable of singing.Favorite cuts are 'Kiss Them For Me' (despite being WAY overproduced) 'Drifter' 'Little Sister' 'Silver Waterfalls' and 'The Ghost In You' (with its new age synths here sounds like Siouxsie meets Enigma.)'Cry' and 'Shadowtime' while I love both these songs to bits, are perhaps a litle TOO early nineties FM pop fare. I can't say I like 'Fear(Of The Unknown)' altho its highly danceable its just SOOO monotone (the melody is almost one note throughout the whole song!!) Softly is great at first but is too long at 6 minutes, esp. since its so repititious.Don't be fooled by other reviews that tell you this album is just fluffy pop. It is so way beyond that. Just be prepared to be shocked if you own other SATB albums. There are good songs behind the overly zealous production."
H3@+h | VT | 12/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll admit, the earlier years of this band were great, but I do like this album quite alot as well. No punk to be found here, just lush melodies, and alot of catchy goth-pop. A number of tracks do seem to be ready for the mainstream, but there's a few which are dark and spooky too. Included is possibly their biggest hit "Kiss Them For Me", "Shadowtime", and "Fear (of the unknown)". But the beauty of this album lies in the tracks "Drifter", "Little Sister", "Silver Waterfalls", and the gorgeous "The Ghost In You". All of those are excellent. I'm not sure how anyone couldn't like this album. Any "Siouxsie" fan should, or at least any fan of "Peep Show"."
Mostly melodic and dreamy with eccentric flourishes
jon sieruga | Redlands, CA USA | 07/20/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When Siouxsie Sioux gets going, her music can scare cats and little children away for miles. In the more-staid early '90's, she's a bit more melodic and dreamy, and "Superstition" reveals different shades of her musical personality. "Shadowtime" and "The Ghost In You" are hauntingly lovely, "Kiss Them For Me" really cooks, and "Silly Thing" is playfully snazzy. I didn't care for the single "Fear(of the Unknown)" or the harder-edged "Cry", but die-hards will probably like those more and the ballads less. It's a touch too slick, but still too eccentric to be labeled 'corporate pop'..and thank God for that!"