Remade And Remodelled
If Siouxsie chose to sing out the name of the riders in the 2.30 meeting at
More sensuous than passionate, her first solo album contains no major departures despite the many allusions in the lyrics to rebirth and change. The icy thrall of the Banshees and the extra-curricular comforts of The Creatures are largely intact, albeit in Technicolor rather than the film noir of yore.
Indeed, it’s interesting to hear how much of the 70s is refashioned and referenced. The triumphant punch of “Into A Swan” and “They Follow You” evoke the ghostly twilight of Bowie’s Berlin bunker days (the latter could easily be an outtake from side one of Low), whilst “About To Happen” is permeated with Eno-period Roxy whoops and swirls.
Though a lot of attention has necessarily been given to the backing tracks, it’s nothing compared to what’s been lavished upon the voice. Gothic moans and distorted whispered refrains rattle and unsettle. Gliding and smooching past Les Baxter-style exotica in the “
However, the Diva-card is well and truly played on the sumptuous “If it Doesn’t Kill You.” This extravagant creation possesses all the wobbly grandeur of an old-school James Bond theme and is the album’s highpoint: a yearning torch song to burn down the house. Velvet-smooth and scalpel-sharp, Siouxsie’s back in town.