1982, Music

A Kiss in the Dreamhouse (1982) by Siouxsie and the Banshees

I am really big fan of JuJu for many of the same reasons I like this record: there’s this balance between the dark. “gothic” lyrics and Siouxsie Sioux’s vocals, and the often shimmering neo-psychedelic guitar and sound effects. But I definitely get a sense of deja vu.
And I get that sense even though this album is ostensibly the band’s most experimental, both according to critics and to the band members themselves.

‘Experimental’ should be used in a relative sense here because though what they with the organs and pipes and bells and things is weird for them, it’s hardly weird for other neo-psychedelic bands, or other post punk bands, or what have you.

But that doesn’t mean the album is unsuccessful; far from it. Even though the record does sound a little too much like JuJu to me, the weird departures from their sound are enough to keep me interested. Moreover, I think the set of songs is particularly strong for them: one of the songs is one of their catchiest ever and there are a few that standout as mong their better songs.

So despite its reputation as the self-consciously experimental album, it’s a strong set of songs and still different enough from JuJu to be interesting.

8/10

All lyrics written by Siouxsie Sioux, except where noted; all music composed by Sioux, Steven Severin, John McGeoch, Budgie.

  1. “Cascade” (Severin) 4:25
  2. “Green Fingers” 3:33
  3. “Obsession” 3:51
  4. “She’s a Carnival” (Severin) 3:39
  5. “Circle” 5:22
  6. “Melt!” (Severin) 3:47
  7. “Painted Bird” 4:15
  8. “Cocoon” 4:29
  9. “Slowdive” 4:24
  • Siouxsie Sioux – vocals, bells on “Obsession”, production
  • Steven Severin – bass guitar, six-string bass guitar on “Slowdive”, organ on “Painted Bird”, production
  • John McGeoch – guitar, keyboards on “Cocoon”, “Circle” and “Cascade”, recorder on “Green Fingers”, production
  • Budgie – drums, percussion, harmonica on “Slowdive”, production
  • Caroline Lavelle – cello on “Obsession”
  • Anne Stephenson – violin on “Obsession” and “Slowdive”
  • Virginia Hewes – violin on “Obsession” and “Slowdive”

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