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The concert DVD that should not have been
on 10 September 2014
After watching the Nocturne concert, this one is just painful. The Banshees will always be my favorite band but this release never should have happened. Siouxsie's voice has changed considerably over the years (what is a vocalist doing being a smoker!!), and she's lost her entire upper register. One of the biggest mistakes here was including so much material from the band's first few albums, back when Siouxsie had a considerably higher pitch. She struggles to hit notes that are now well out of her reach, and it sounds like someone gasping for air. A little care should have been taken to select songs to suit Siouxsie's more modern voice because hearing the amazing `Lullaby' struggled through in such a way is tragic. There are also some lyrical mistakes in `Monitor' and `I Could Be Again', so these songs should not have been included. The only real highpoint for me is `Icon'. Though the singing is still struggled and painful, the drumming and overall music is just so amazing. I've kept the DVD over the years only for this. I'm sorry but I cannot be one of those all-worshipping Siouxsie fans (of which there are entirely too many) that heap loads of praise on any release with the Sioux name, despite the flaws.
As much as it would be a dream come true to have Siouxsie and the Banshees get their act together and start making music again (I mean, what else have they been doing aside from occasional bit parts, if even that), they would need to restructure a lot of their older material to suit Siouxsie's more... mature voice. Hearing Siouxsie perform at the Meltdown gig in 2013 reiterates that the older material is no longer within her reach as it was. If they wrote new music taking into account the current vocal range, I have no doubt it would be as amazing as anything the band had released previously.