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Songs from the Red Room


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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Palare Records
  • ASIN: B002STRNL0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Underrated is a much abused term, but in the case of Siobhan Fahey the evidence is overwhelming. Despite injecting early Bananarama with the gleeful anarchy that made them such arresting, unlikely pop superstars, and despite investing Shakespears Sister with the theatricality and dark-witted mischief that saved them from being Marcella Detroit’s MOR monstrosity (check the later careers of former bandmates for proof), she's never credited as the wayward, maverick pop icon she is. Sadly, it’s doubtful this occasionally brilliant but inconsistent collection of solo recordings will change that.

In one sense, the timing is good. 2009 has been the year of the female pop star, and it’s striking that Lady Gaga shares Fahey's taste for Euro-decadence and unsettling sexuality, while La Roux and Little Boots mine the same seam of angular electro and throbbing disco as she does here. But in a more crucial sense, the timing is all wrong: by assembling songs that have been written at random intervals with different producers over seven years, Songs From the Red Room often sounds dated, and unfashionably late to the party when it should have been first.

Take the grimy electroclash of Bad Blood or the sketchy, techno-tinged Terry Hall duet, Was It Worth It?: intriguing though both are, they sound like Goldfrapp in 2003, albeit Goldfrapp produced wearing oven mitts. And while It’s a Trip’s vivacious reworking of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love sounded fresh in 2004, it’s since been overshadowed by Little Boots’ overwhelming Stuck On Repeat, which performs the same trick better.

What makes all this disappointing is how good the best songs here are. Previous single Pulsatron sounds like Marc Bolan jamming with Debbie Harry and is terrific, scuffed-up fun. The gloomy gothtronica of Cold is even better, a grinding, sucking fusion of synth and guitar which sounds like Depeche Mode at their most introverted. And then there’s You’re Alone, which is nothing less than a slow-burning, pitch-black masterpiece; a swamp of fidgety electronica with Fahey's most sublime melody ever floating forlornly over its surface.

Badly timed and marketed, Songs From the Red Room is inconsistent, haphazard, dark and occasionally touched by pop genius. Rather like Fahey herself, in fact. --Jaime Gill

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilson on 13 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Not being a fan of Siobhan's first solo outing as Shakespear's Sister on "3", and after a few collaborations and solo singles under her own name, I was wondering if we'd ever hear from her again. Although this is a compilation in a way (more on that later) it works perfectly as an abum, with the three bonus tracks complimenting the main album perfectly.

Siobhan released 3 singles (2 on her own SF records) several years ago, "Bitter Pill" (with the Droids), "Pulsatron" and the more indie "Bad Blood". They came with a selection of mixes and all disappeared without trace, supposedly scuppering the release of the album she was working on. However it's great to see these tracks surface in a genuine album environment.

Interestingly "Bitter Pill" has been dramatically reworked here, from electro-kitsch to something far more indie, and different lyrics. Also the two chosen mixes of "Pulsatron" are the least electro I've heard, so work perfectly here (generally minus the high-pitched backing vocal yelps, thankfully). "Cold" appears in its full vocal glory, plus the sinister Death In Vegas dubby version, I'd not heard the proper song before so this was a very pleasant surprise! "It's A Trip" was originally another electro collaboration, re-recorded here for consistency of production, although it still has that Donna Summer-esque sequence!

All in all if you liked her solo singles, then there is plenty here to get you thinking or dancing (or even both), and the re-recordings/mixes gel extremely well. If you liked "3" the this s slightly trendier approach, and falls in nicely with the current electro tinged scene. She sings her heart out on the closer, "Loaded Gun", which is one of the most emotional vocals we've heard from her, whilst she sounds a bit like an up-to-date Siouxsie Sioux on other tracks.

This album is a real gem, so thanks to Siobhan for the work, and the labels for releasing it, however low-key. Worth every penny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Thornton on 9 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
Every track on this album is contagious and edgy. Particularly like 'Was it worth it', 'Bitter pill' and 'A loaded gun' but there are lots of other really strong tracks on the album. In fact, the only track I don't like is the remix of 'Cold' by Death in Vegas. However, the album version of 'Cold' sounds great. Highly recommended!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregory W. Peterson on 24 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
Just received the new SS CD in the mail. I must say that even know I haven't had the opportunity to listen to the CD more than twice, I'm fairly impressed. This one is a grower, that's a good thing. The growers are spun allot longer. I know from following Ms. Faye's music trial that this was to be a solo album recorded over so many years. Thank god she resurrected the SS Fodler!!! I have the first 2 albums and the twelve inches. I always been very fond of SS. I was very disappointed when Ms. Detroit left. I always thought the 2 blended well. I have read a number of reviews on the new album that state the songs seem to be dis-joint and don't fit together do to the fact that they were recorded over several years. I think they blend quit nicely. Though I haven't a favorite yet, it appears there is no filler here. I have heard a number of the songs over the years a have the remixes for Bitter Pill. If your questioning on whether to spend your hard earned cash on the new SS album. Do it its a worthy investment.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Personal Shopper extraordinaire on 13 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD
Bought this as I never had hormonally yours of my cd player I think that they should have left well alone and just let us have our memories !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
MYTWISTEDSISTER 6 Jan 2010
By xavier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm so loving this album. Siobhan is a pop genius. PULSATRON, BAD BLOOD (which has a wickedly good video)IT'S A TRIP & BITTER PILL (which has been washed & rinsed on a Velvet Underground machine)should be Number Ones in a fair world. Her glam-rock goddess cum Insane Silent Movie Star image is off-the-hook. Keep workin' it, Sister.
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Red Room Really Red, Very Hot, Play This one LOUD! 26 Jan 2010
By Nepenthe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Amazing and long overdue album... advanced and evolved on the SS themes and vibes started with the first album, this 4th album fits in line... Works out the electronic sound Siobhan has been laying down and toying with over the past few years.. If you havent been following the progression of SS and Siobhan this collection of songs might catch you off guard (in the best possible way), otherwise you will be ready for the Red Room vibe after becoming familiar with ' 3 ', the third Shakespears Sister album released after much red tape... Either way, there is no mistaking this as a work of Shakespears Sister, wonderful, moody, dark, and sparkely (is that a word?)... I cant stop listening to it.. I hope there is more to come and soon!! Get this one asap! Its a groover and a grower!
Get up and dance! 21 Sep 2014
By Mystin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is IT! The best dance club music ever!
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
SF needs to go back to the 'darker days' of her music. 23 Nov 2009
By TJAMES03 - Published on Amazon.com
Wasn't very pleased with this MP3 album download. I liked the 'new' versions of 'Cold,' 'You're Alone,' & 'It's A Trip' - but the rest left me longing for the 'old days' of SF. I long for the days when she sang songs like 'Hello (Turn Your Radio On),' 'Can U Wait That Long?,' 'Do I Scare You?,' etc. This electro dance phase isn't working for me (and she needs to know that you can 'remix' a song too much). Sadly, it doesn't look like there is going to be any change because she has been in this 'phase' for quite a number of years now.

If you are going to buy these songs, save some $$$ and help the environment and simply do an MP3 download of the album.
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