Pieter | Johannesburg | 06/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is eerie and depressing but musically very good. The song Gloomy Sunday is as morbid as Michael Gira of Swans at his worst. There's very litle real singing -- just the gorgeous Ms Lunch mumbling and talking -- a bit like a recorded seance. But no less interesting and worthwhile for that. For those who love fringe music."
Her first, and best
gl_oo_m | Beloit, WI | 07/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Queen of Siam was Lydia's first solo release, and, in my opinion, her best. Her voice sounds like that of a psycotic little girl - her words pouring out of her mouth like liquid. Her unique chanting and drumroll of words can be found in tracks like "Mechanical Flattery", "Tied and Twist", and "Blood of Tin". In other tracks, she sings with what seems malicious intent. In "Lady Scarface" [on of my faves] a haunting jazzy song about the seduction of the young and innocent. And out of all the versions of "Gloomy Sunday" I've heard, Lydia does the best. And how can you not dance to the beat of "Spooky" - a twisted love tale?
Queen of Siam shoul be in any goth's collection."
Some songs here are priceless
Chris bct | San Diego, CA USA | 01/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Spooky and Atomic Bongos, go ahead, give 'em a 'listen' on this site. Man, if the whole album sounded like those two songs it'd be a killer album. As it is, the whole thing is pretty good and not something you commonly run across, musically. She brought together some of that old timey big band sound but not in a BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY way. She's got her slinky sound and melds it well with this sophisticated musical tapastry.
I'm just glad she made this album because there's so many she did of spoken word or other musical albums that just aren't my speed. The incredible TEENAGE JESUS and the JERKS (unbelievable grating guitar and perfect pained vocals) and 13:13 (Lydia's version of a band, not 8 EYED SPY rootsy but a real sorta punk band) are my speed. I'd rate this right in there, assuming you aren't expecting any punk rock on this item.