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SAKURA: the debut album from the re born Skeletal Family featuring the 21st Century line up of Claire (vocals), Karlheinz (keyboards, sax), Stan (guitars), Roger (bass) and Martin (drums, percussion). The band have opened for Siouxsie and the Banshees, Spear Of Destiny, Gene Loves Jezebel and many more. Sometimes raw and bleeding, sometimes moody and mysterious, this is the soul of the Skeletal Family laid bare.
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Any way down to business, which is what the Skels do from the off storming in with Faithless Whore - a magnificent Post Punk rant. Next we've got an oldie re visited. Lies - Don't quite know what sets this apart from the original version but for some reason I like it more, perhaps the vocal performance brings out the more cynical aspect of the lyrics? Hearts Beating - damn this is bitter and twisted no saccharine here. Waiting - hey a lovely downbeat ballad until it explodes into a relentless yet controlled thrash. Only sometimes - staccato minimalist lyric for the verse with a confessional chorus of unrequited love. Night clubbing - 100% pure sleaze I think Iggy would approve. All My Best Friends - well I've seen a couple of thousand Goth/Deathrock types singing along to this live. Unusally for the skels this is a keyboard dominated song with a masterfully understated guitar part and hypnotic driving bass. Delerium - eastern tinged guitar to the fore again with the bass and keyboards grinding away in unison. The guys really give Claire the space to shine on this one. Alive again - Probably the most "Goth" track on the album. Yet more angst with a happier ending and a nice violin part. Freak - Starts off all electronic then transforms into a wall of voodooesque classic. A friend commented "what the hell are they on about". I don't know either but I'm going to listen to it until I do. Lullaby - beautifully and deceptively simple song in 12/8. Damn you could almost waltz to it. Gut Feeling - a wonderfully over the top ( by the end ) take on a Devo clasic.
Phew what a relief, it's a good one. More please.
There may be those among you who are concerned that the original vocalist Anne-Marie is no longer fronting the band with her unique voice; well don't worry Claire has her own unique voice and you will not be disappointed in any way.
If you remember the Skeletal Family from the 80's then you will know the quality of this band and if you don't remember them he is a chance to get to know them. This album is a must for any collection.