I have no idea what kind of departure this record was for the band, as its the first Banshees record I’ve heard. So even though I read that this was a big departure, I don’t have any idea,
What I hear is well-executed UK post punk with “brighter” arrangements (for lack of a better word) than normal, and certainly that should not be a surprise, given the presence of a member of Magazine.
Siouxsie Sioux has been incredibly influential on female vocalists, especially in the world of Indie Rock. That’s readily apparent here. And I figure that should be acknowledge. But, to me, the real interest here in the (relatively) unconventional arrangements/production, which distinguishes this record from so much other UK post punk, which can get rather dour and somewhat repetitive in terms of sounds utilized.
I’m not sure I’ve had enough listens to fully digest the songs themselves, but they strike me as better than average for this genre. Again, it’s more the way they are performed which is of interest, because there’s a lot going on.
Pretty good stuff, though I feel like maybe I need a little more time to fully appreciate it.