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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodical Graveyard Masterpiece, 22 Sep 2007
This review is from: Ju Ju (Audio CD)
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...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best cd in the world i have listened to so far....., 7 Oct 2006
I originally had juju on vinyl when I was 15 years old, and i loved it then as much as i love it now. i don't have the vinyl anymore - but i have the cd, which is still fantastic. i don't have the remastered - but i must get it. what amazed me i only recently purchased the cd, so i hadn't listened to juju for about oh 20 years, but straight away i remembered the wonderful haunting lyrics and was singing away like i was 20 again! my 8 year old daughter likes it also, her favourites are the superb spellbound and arabian knights - which are totally entrancing. but i also love monitor the guitar in that just makes me want to play it louder and louder, a must have cd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Knights of Arousal, 2 Jun 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Siouxsie's caustic soda view of the middle east spares little of the Arabian tached machismo from her vibrant wrath. After traipsing on one too many sojourns to North Africa the sentiments echo.

Arabian Nights the pun, echoes all the way to Dubai and beyond.

Spellbound deals with the psychological see saw of childhood, with the ultimate release from piety of elders, as they tumble down the stairs. Hypocrisy eventually finds its own level. This entranced many 80's student disco's with its dance infected drumming. Oh the memories.

Nightshift is the grope into the addiction to a leather fist, the written letter to the serial killer, the devil in black, the happy go lucky chap, who provides the sexual sustenance. Whilst Sin in my Heart sees the female top asserting itself over the male bottom; the grovel at the feet. Siouxsie is firmly back in control, grasping the reins of the power relationship.

Monitor; visualises those same feelings of power engaged in sexual voyeurism, watching someone else's pain, the new mass entertainment. Siouxsie's ambivalence neither demarcates angst or disapproval only an objectified knowledge, someone who gazes onto a scene. The music shifts into the flangedelia, the trademark early 80's sound with the discordant clang of the Scream, ringing in the dissonance. Head cut; is a return back to the gory days, the serial killer as an objetd'art, Siouxsie Dahmer, the crossbow cannibal.

The darkedelia tour de force is finally revealed as the Voodoo Dolly. Gathering all the previous themes together, childhood emotional collapse, S&M, love of serial killers, Siouxsie allows the parasitical mouth to feed on the flesh of her despair. Her triumph is in linking these taboo themes together, a tapestry of the darkened world of a shattered memory. Whilst the world chants to sunshine and love, Charles Manson breathes in the shadow, the nasty produce of the "Care" Homes.

Perceived as proto cartoon Goth on its release, Siouxsie is far too spiritually intellectual, to be tagged with the debris that picked on her carrion. She is the painted bird, her bejewelled plumage is to be noted, rather than touched up by inferior copyists.

The extras capture the singles of the era, and are the welcome additions to a nasty creepy but ultimately an ascending sound to an extraordinary album.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Banshees reissue, 11 May 2006
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Siouxsie & her Banshees really don't seem to get their dues - amid all the post-punk retro-fervour (which I thoroughly approve of...)they seem a tad overlooked. Perhaps it's the goth-thang, this certainly could be argued to be the album which launched a thousand goths (then again, the same could be said of 'Heaven Up Here', 'Prayers on Fire', 'Heathen Earth','In the Flatfield', 'Unknown Pleasures' or 'Songs of Love and Hate'). To be fair, people say lots of nice things about 'The Scream', which is a fantastic record - as this reissue programme demonstrates, there are a lot of fine Banshees records. While 'Join Hands' was a bit patchy, the follow-up 'Kaleidoscope' (1980) showed Sioux/Severin find their way after half the band left, joined by Budgie (Big in Japan, The Slits) and then John McGeoch (Magazine, Visage). 'Ju Ju' found the band at their most gothic, though it's a voodoo-tinged 'Strange Fruit'-type gothic that paved the way for Lydia Lunch, Babes in Toyland and much else good and bad...

This was one of the best Banshees line-ups, previous songs like 'Christine', 'Happy House' & 'Israel' still rank amongst their finest work and the band opted to road-test the material that became 'Ju Ju', which helped deliver one of their key albums. It's the dark stuff then, continuing the feel of 'The Scream' and tracks like 'Premature Burial' - 'Night Shift' remained a live favourite and turned up on both 'Nocturne' and 'The Seven Year Itch' live albums (as did 'Voodoo Dolly'). The singles 'Arabian Knights' ("i heard a rumour...") and the anthemic 'Spellbound' are as great as the preceding trio of singles - shortly after the 'Once Upon a Time' compilation would be released. The lesser known material is great too - 'Into the Light' showcasing the experimental/eclectic sound that would be familiar to the following Banshees albums (& the Creatures recordings), 'Monitor' a huge beast of a song as darkly epic as prime Joy Division & the violent 'Sin In My Heart'...all sound great still (& the classic 'Fireworks' surfaces as a bonus track).

'Ju Ju' is an album that warrants rediscovery and remains one of the key Banshees albums alongside 'The Scream', 'Kaleidoscope', 'A Kiss in the Dreamhouse', 'Nocturne', 'Through the Looking Glass','Peep Show' & 'The Seven Year Itch.' Perhaps the joys of the other albums will become apparent as the reissue programme advances?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentlessly Powerful!, 9 Jun 2012
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Juju is an excellent release from the second Banshee line up and generally is considered one of the high points of their career. The reason in general is because the guitar work on this album is impeccable; Mcgeoch is a masterful guitarist and it is his riffs that are perhaps the most memorable moments in many of the songs here, particularly on the single, Spellbound.

Mcgeoch was a very inventive guitarist and this album perhaps demonstrates his best work; whether it be the onslaught on Spellbound, the peculiar plucking of Into The Light or strange effects used in the likes of Voodoo Dolly. However, there is much more to this album than McGeoch and plenty of other reasons why it's rated so highly in the Banshee discography.

Another notable musician here is Budgie, the drummer who joined on the previous album alongside McGeoch. Budgie is probably one of the best drummers of the past decades as his work here and even more notably with his and Siouxsie's side-project, The Creatures, proves. On Spellbound he provides a powerful beat during the instrumental interlude, adding further raw primitivism to the song. This tribal form of drumming is even more powerful on the rather sparse, final track, Voodoo Dolly and works very well along side Mcgeoch's guitar and Siouxsie's voice.

While the new musicians are eager to prove themselves, it is the origional members who almost take a step back this time. Severin in particular, is content in the background keeping every song tight and rythmic with his bass, while Siouxsie and her commanding voice soar alongside the instruments, complimenting, rather than overpowering them. There is noticable improvement to Siouxsie's voice at this point, which only embellishes the great soundscapes of this album.

Juju is definately a good place to start listening to the Banshees; it is quite accesible and the only difficult track is Voodoo Dolly, which goes on for a little longer than really necessary, although did make a good concert closer in it's day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 16 Feb 2014
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Why didn't I buy this when I was younger? Love it. Well got it now so I can pretend I'm still 18 and bounce around the living room to it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good after all these years, 8 July 2012
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Had this album in vinyl when it first came out and wanted to have it on my ipod. Classic Banshees - still sounds good.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an influential album that carries on to appeal 25 years later, 7 Feb 2007
juju is stated in the book "1001 Albums: You Must Hear Before You Die" by Robert Dimery.

siouxsie & the banshees was one of the most exciting bands around 1978-1982 and still today, many important artists adore them:

TRICKY covered one of their songs "Tattoo" on his "nearly god" album released in 1996.

MASSIVE ATTACK covered "Metal Poscard" on the track "super predators(metal poscard)" for the movie soundtrack cd of "the jackal".

MORRISSEY liked them so much that he asked to siouxsie to record a duet with him : the single "interlude" in 1994.

ROBERT SMITH of THE CURE had so much admiration for this band in the 80's that he composed and recorded guitars parts on their album "hyaena".

JEFF BUCKLEY also covered live in concerts "Killing Time" (aka "Let's the time stand still"), a song that siouxsie sang with her other band THE CREATURES on the album "Boomerang".
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a timeless masterpiece that a artist like Morrissey loves, 21 Feb 2007
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Siouxsie & The Banshees are one of the most exciting groups of this period 1978-1982. still today, many important artists adore them.

TRICKY did a cover of "Tattoo" (from Downside-Up) on its second album "Nearly God".

MASSIVE ATTACK recorded a version of "Metal Poscard" (from The Scream) for the cd of "The Jackal movie soundtrack".

JEFF BUCKLEY often performed live "Killing Time" (a song that Siouxsie composed and sang with its second group The Creatures on the Boomerang album). the buckley fans know well the version he did in london at the astoria 2 on january 18th 1995.

MORRISSEY stated in an interview for "GQ" in September 2005 that "Juju" is one of his favourite albums. MORRISSEY is such a hard-core fan of the group that he asked Siouxsie to record a duet with him in 1994 : the result is the gorgeous single "Interlude".

Juju is an alternative pop-rock record, extremely well conceived. so, it's not a surprise that it has been recently quoted in the book "1001 Albums: You Must Hear Before You Die", a book made by the most important journalists of several countries.

one has to listen to the very inventive guitars of "Nightshift", the incredible rhythmic of "Sin In My Heart", to realize that this album is excellent.

One finds in the bonus tracks with something special : an unreleased version of "fireworks" which is pretty intense. this one closes this remastered edition with a lot of strength.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regardless of what the band says, Ju Ju is a Goth album, and a very good one at that!, 24 Jun 2006
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Ju Ju is often hailed as the quintessential Banshees album. Despite the band hating the label, it really is a Goth album. With topics covering witchcraft, voodoo dolls and morticians, what do you expect? Though Ju Ju is often considered the first Gothic album, some may need to be reminded that Toyah's album, The Blue Meaning, was released in 1980, and is very Gothic in tone.

The two singles released from Ju Ju, 'Spellbound' and 'Arabian Knights', still stand as some of the best single releases for the band. This is considered the golden era for the Banshees, thanks in no small part by the legendary John McGeoch. John added some amazing musical textures to the Banshees style, displayed here by the aggressive acoustic hook of Spellbound, or the amazing sound he achieved on the stunning 'Into The Light'. The guitar literally sounds like it's crying.

The only low point on the album, at least for me, is the highly overrated and near-parody of 'Nightshift'. With its droning death lyrics and durgey flat music, this track would appeal to any depressed kid looking for something Goth to relate to. Blah... And while 'Sin In My Heart' is an amazing song, it could have been more powerful if Budgie's drumming was given more focus in the mix. Here, it just sounds like poor production.

The CD remaster comes with only a few extra tracks, but all are worthwhile. Not only do you get the original 12" mixes of the two singles, but you get a stunning early version of 'Fireworks'. Siouxsie's voice sounds amazing in this version. This is worth the price of the disc alone.

The remastering here is a disaster. The sound is very dull and lifeless. The tape exhibits several areas of channel fluctuation and dropouts, which is very unfortunate. The singles on the remastered 2002 Best Of CD sound much richer, yet they were remastered by the same sound engineer. On the plus side, the volume has not been overblown, so it retains its dynamic range. Perhaps with a little more attention and care, this could have been an amazing package. The original Polydor CD reissue from 1989 sounds much better in side by side comparisons.
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