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Rapture [CASSETTE]

Siouxsie & The Banshees Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (14 Feb 1995)
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B000000OTP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The final album and (IMHO) their best: 22 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In similar vein to the latter albums (Peepshow, Superstition) but by far the most enduring, - their post-goth style now fully mature, personal rathen than 3rd person, cutting without a trace of being experimental & retaining their trademark power to take the familiar and give it an unnerving edge.
As along time follower of this band, tracks like "Stargazer", "Sick Child", "The Rapture" and "Double Life" are ones that I would not be without
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth it for the title track alone 1 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
It saddened me to see the negative reveiws of this very listenable album so I decided to write my own and here it is: True this album is not the Banshees best, but it has many wonderful songs I would not be without like Fall From Grace, Sick Child, Not Forgotten, Love Out me which is one of their characteristic end of album 'last hurrahs' and The Rapture (not to say the other songs are disposable). The Rapture is an amazing song and I don't want to go all gushy but you should buy this album for that if nothing else (it is especially fabulous live). This album is one of the few I can listen to on a continuous loop because the first song is so different from the last. Not an album to get if you're just starting to get into Siouxsie and the Banshees (try Tinderbox it's a stunner), but if you already like them and you don't own this yet, why not?? There is no excuse, buy it now. If you're still on the fence I'd advise you to google for the lyrics to a couple of the songs. Poetry.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing I guess.... 12 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a lifelong Banshees fan.... it's rare for them to bring out a song that I cannot bring myself to enjoy that much 'Oh Baby'( a single no less) followed by 'Tearing Apart' are boring songs that kick this album off to such an uninspiring start. Further on there are moments of brilliance (namely the title track) where Siouxsie's vocals are seen at something like their dazzling best. 'Stargazer,'the Lonely One' are melodic and sprightly whilst the fury of 'Not Forgotten' also raises the standard. The later songs that were not produced by John Cale, but by the band themselves are far superior.... and see them experimenting in the way that die hard fans would come to expect.
Better than nothing i guess, but this isn't the Banshees at their finest. Siouxsie and Budgie as the Creatures later went on to put together stuff that was much improved on this.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Torch Song Sioux 2 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Velvet Underground legend John Cale produced five of these tracks while the band produced the rest on this 1995 album. We have Sioux as chanteuse so The Rapture isn't as firmly in the rock tradition as their earlier work. It's rather a progression from their 1991 album Superstition in its focus on creating moods and sonic textures. The opener O Baby is pure pop, a lilting, swaying track with a lovely tune, while Tearing Apart is rockier but in a dreamy sort of way.

With its killer hook, shimmering guitar work and appealing arrangement - especially the vocals - the melodic Stargazer is one of the highlights. I love the mid-tempo rocker Fall From Grace that sounds so distinctly Banshees yet somehow unique and innovative too. There are also the brooding slower numbers that impress, like Forever with its percussive texture and the tender Sick Child. The Lonely One is an atmospheric ballad with a lilting rhythm, appealing instrumentation & spooky whispered male backing vocals. Highly atmospheric too is Not Forgotten with its massed guitars.

Mournful and atmospheric, the title track is a searing lament. The tempo shifts halfway through, unleashing Sioux's voice to transform it into a rousing anthem before it slows down again. Fans of their earlier work may not appreciate Siouxsie as a singer (instead of a howler or screamer) but for me her career followed a logical progression from the harsh, uncompromising
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of Siouxsie and the Banshees 23 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Despite the numerous negative reviews surrounding this album, I found it very listanable and enjoyable. True, it is different from the early stuff, but what I like about the banshees is that they never stuck to one specific sound. If they wanted to be rock or punk (early era), they were, if they wanted an orchestral, operatic sound (Dreamhouse, Rapshody) then they would.

This album contains alot of banshee elements that retain their sound, but again, it is a progression from their last album. It is a maturer album that has left the wailing and howling of the spectacular, primitive albums, and become more tuneful and relaxed.

The good thing about the banshees is that they have so many different sounds, that it is hard for me to tire of them. They always have an album to fit my mood and the rapture is (for me) up there (though not quite in line) with Tinderbox, Kiss in the Dreamhouse, Juju and Peepshow. Still, nothing will ever transcend their howling debut The Scream.

Key Tracks: O Baby, The Double Life, Love Out Me, The Rapture, Forever and Stargazer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A personal favourite.
My favourite SATB release - every track seemlessly flows.
Published 1 month ago by peanut13131
3.0 out of 5 stars The Double Life.
I suspect I did a bona fide double-take the first time I played The Rapture - the opening track is so uncharacteristically b.l.a.n.d. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rooksby
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful return to form, and fitting farewell...
The Rapture was the Banshees' return to form, after going a bit mainstream with Peepshow and a bit glossy with Superstition. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by Scott Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars not her best
I was at her last concert at the town and country club(kentish town) where she took ages to come on stage.The live sound was good which sadly this album lacks. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2009 by B. J. Morris
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming
Siouxsie and the Banshees left behind an incredibly impressive body of work which is ripe for re-discovery. Read more
Published on 24 May 2007 by Steven Dedalus
4.0 out of 5 stars What an odd album...
I originally read the lyrics to "Fall From Grace" and thought, waow, I gotta get me this CD. When it finally came, I listened to the first track and, honestly, it made me blink,... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2007 by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Over... and out
The band's final album... and not one of their best it has to be said.
Highlights are mainly among the last couple of tracks: The Rapture, Forever, Double Life, The Lonely... Read more
Published on 27 April 2005 by Paul Hunt
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