Robert Smith eat you're heart out! With this album, good old Siouxsie created an unforgettable goth masterpiece, perfectly melding Poppy acsending chords with dark psychadelia, the godmother of goth showed she had more than enough dark juju inside of her!
The album kicks off with the gothic call to arms "Spellbound" with drummer Budgies unstoppable, almost millitary liike drum beat coupled with Steve Severins equally powerful bass playing, this song hits you like a ton of bricks. Also its on this track that a new presence makes itself known. Critically acclaimed Guitarist John Mcgeoch. While he has played with some of the best new-wave-punk bands (Magazine, Public image, Visage) its here that his true virtuosity as a guitarist shines through. His inventive yet subtle use of effects, coupled with the sparse, rythmic arpeggios add a whole new level to Siouxsies group.
The following tracks arent to be sniffed at either. "Into the Night" is a tour de force of Goth meets Rasta, as the sparse almost dub drumming of budgie comes together with John's choppy guitar twangs. Track 3 "Arabian Knights" is one of the best songs in Siouxsies entire back catalogue, as the powerful verse swirls into a chorus filled with emotion and melody, and her voice is on top form. But again its John Mcgeoch's uncanny technique that shines through. The rest of the album is of course brilliant with layer after layer of percussion and drumming blasting through the speakers. "Trick or Treat" standing out as perhaps an almost comical interlude. But anyway this is my favourite Siouxise album and feature breathtaking musicianship from the band and some fantastic melodies.
Essential for any self-respecting goff out there, or those who arent musical morons...