This is my favourite of Siouxsie's releases that I have collected thus far. In comparison to other albums, this work continues the more melodic, less-punky style of the bands later albums (Tinderbox, for example), as opposed to the harsher, simpler (yet still brilliant) earlier releases.
The atmosphere that pervades this album is truly captivating. It conjures imagery of old country folklore and halloween, with its array of instruments from violins to accordions and harmonicas, and lyrics about scarecrows and carousels. Another reviewer called it a 'journey into fairyland', and I think that is a good summary of its magical style.
Standout tracks are 'Peek-a-boo', which might be too poppy for some, but has a really funky rythm, and an accordion tune to die for. The next two tracks 'Killing jar' and 'Scarecrow' enhance the old Victorian-esque feel and really get the album going. Another standout track is 'Burn-up' which builds up continously throughout until the end sees a breathtaking crescendo of harmonica and woodwind instruments. Finally, my favourite track would be 'Rhapsody', which begins on a dark rumbling note and builds up into one of the most driving, dramatic and passionate songs I have ever heard, with a full ensemble of instruments and Sioxsie's soaring, commanding voice as enchanting as ever.
This is an incredible album owing to its unique dreamland atmosphere and brilliant integration of a whole range of instruments. Therefore, fans of the earlier punk style might not like it (admittedly, I was shocked when I first played it - but pleasantly) owing to the sheer musical grandeur, but I feel that unless one is a total early-Siouxsie diehard, her cooing lyrics and that quintessential Banshee style should win you over. Pricless.