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The Scream

Siouxsie And The Banshees

1978

The Scream

Album Summary

The Scream is the debut studio album by British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees, released on 13 November 1978 by Polydor Records. The album is considered a landmark recording: its innovative combination of angular guitar with a bass-led rhythm and machine-like drums played mostly on toms, made it a pioneering work of the post-punk genre. The Scream was met with widespread acclaim and was hailed by critics as an original musical development in rock music. It has been cited as a key influence on a number of succeeding post-punk, noise rock and alternative rock acts, including Joy Division, Killing Joke, the Cure, Big Black, Sonic Youth, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Faith No More and Massive Attack.

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Rating

2.96

Votes

4756

Genres

  • Rock
  • Post Punk
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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

This album was the first that really conflicted me from a ratings standpoint. It's also the first one that is closer to what I normally listen to. The album itself isn't one I particularly enjoy. It's ok, in general, but not a sound I would listen to much. The conflict comes from the fact that this album was one of the most influential to the punk genre that most of my favorite artists of all time belong to. You can hear the influences that my favorite bands drew on and you can see where this album helped change the world in that way. With that, I gave it one more star than I would have otherwise because I believe this album helped pave the way for the future alternative and punk genres.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Deserves some sort of extra credit for recording "Helter Skelter" exactly how Charles Manson heard it in his head ten years prior. Overall, this album is a delight. Shame on everyone I went to college with for not introducing this to me during my campus years. You can literally hear countless bands (the B52's, Sonic Youth and Smashing Pumpkins immediately come to mind) forming just from hearing this. Dark, twisted, original and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

I've written this somewhere else, copying it. From 1978. This debut is a dark and heavy slice of post-punk. Heavy guitars, twisted lyrical poetry, and apocalyptic soundscapes. Lead singer Siouxsie Sioux lends these songs a heavy, doom-laden atmosphere- on the classic "Jigsaw Feeling," her bewitching declarations soar above crashing, biting guitars and a squirming bass line, while the epic "Switch" sees her building from an acidic croon to a deadly chant. Other highlights include "Carcass," which uses the image of torture and cannibalism as an extended metaphor for the psychological effects of unrequited love... over a ridiculously catchy surf-rock background. The handclaps in the final verse are nothing short of genius. "Suburban Relapse" is a harrowing portrait of insanity, wit an absolutely Wagnerian sense of drama.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

In My Vinyl collection already this one. Siouxsie Sioux doing her indomitable best to change the face of women in rock music. I love their version of the Beatles "Helter Skelter" and of course "Hong Kong Garden" and "The Staircase (Mystery)" A real statement from one of the original "Bromley Contingent" just gotta love her chutzpah. Definately on my list of 1001 LP's to Hear Before You Die!

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Fri Dec 04 2020
4

Solid proto-post-punk. More important than many records of that era

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Tue Sep 22 2020
4

I feel like this is an album I "get" more than I truly enjoy. Made me wanna put on eyeliner and wear all black clothing. A song like "Hong Kong Garden" has NOT aged well, even if it means well. The Beatles cover is so on-brand for what I expected this to be: dramatic, over-the-top, artsy. Favorite tracks: "Jigsaw Feeling", "Carcass", "Suburban Relapse".

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

This album is sick. Kind of got a bit of Velvet Underground energy but sounds so dark... I don't really know what to think about it - it's good, really good, but it's definitely something you need to be in the mood for. That Helter Skelter cover was bizarre af

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

While I'm a fan of what I have heard of Siouxsie & The Banshees since high school, I've never had a full listen of their debut, The Scream. Siouxsie's emotionally charged vocals explode from the grinding guitar and punk-rich drum & bass rhythms. And I'm not gonna lie, a lot of the A-side is not for the faint of heart or ear, and wasn't easy to swallow today for me. But Hong Kong Garden and The Staircase peaked my interest above the rest of the record and are better examples of SATB's developing accessibility that bloomed in the 80s.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
2

I'm not feeling very generous this morning, unfortunately. The music was really interesting, but the singing mostly annoyed me. Again, I know that's the style, and it's on purpose, but it just doesn't please me very much. 2 stars.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
1

Avant Shite

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Sat Jan 23 2021
1

Buff! que mal

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Wed Aug 25 2021
1

Early punk and I'm not so sure I really care for it. 3/10.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
1

Je ne vais pas vous cacher que j'ai passé une demi-heure épouvantable en compagnie de cet album. Il s'agit tout simplement d'une notice de quarante-minutes destinée à expliquer tout ce qu'il ne faut pas faire quand on sort un disque. À croire que la chanteuse et les musiciens ne se sont jamais rencontrés tant la voix et les instruments n'arrivent pas à s'accorder une seule seconde. Ne me refais plus ce coup là, Robert.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

I’m going to listen to this one over again.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

Amazing!!!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

Women were so much better at punk than men.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

5/5. Easy dub 😎👍

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Clesic

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

Female vocalist sounds hot

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Thu Dec 10 2020
4

Cool Helter Skelter cover. Best songs: Switch, Hong Kong Garden and Nictone Stain.

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Thu Dec 10 2020
4

A pleasant surprise

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Thu Dec 10 2020
4

Riktigt bra

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Fri Jan 08 2021
4

Goede en toegankelijke "punk"

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Sun May 16 2021
4

Meh de helter skelteer

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Awesome. A little underrated in her catalogue. 8/10

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

I like the vibes. Like X, but Brits!

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

fine

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Really enjoyed it. can see how the sound lives on today, "carcass" in particular sounds like a female-fronted Hives

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

I'd like to listen to this again to differentiate the songs? Bit samey but good

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Good album, I like it a lot. definitely sounds ahead of it’s time. It does get a little samey tho. 8.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Some crackers on this album, proper goth / punk banger.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I quite liked most of Side 1 of this album.  Jigsaw Feeling is excellent. Overground - not so much. My favourite might be Carcass - a song that it seems most people passed over. The thundering  in your face bass lines do the trick for me.  I have a habit of commenting on cover versions so I must say that The Banshees' cover of Helter Skelter is excellent. Side 2 doesn't start strong but again I liked the less popular songs Metal Postcard and Nicotine Stains. The driving bass lines in Nicotine Stains make the song. On the home stretch, Suburban Relapse and the first half of Switch were a little hard to listen to.  Listening to this was a little bizarre since, before playing it,  I thought we were easily heading to 4 or 5 territory since  I remember liking this band. At the end of the day, I'm rounding up which is deserved imo since they influenced  many bands I like,  in particular bands fronted by females.  

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Solid punk rock sound

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Fri May 07 2021
4

3.5 because of the last song

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Raw and edgy goth post-punk. I much prefer her voice on later albums - she does a monotone drone a bit much but it's still really cool and interesting.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Energetic, lively, fully committed to what they were doing. A really fun listen.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Really surprised I haven't heard more of this band.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

4/5 only because I know with time I will like it more and more. Some really good dark rock on here. Standout: Helter Skelter.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

really fun, women are so punk!!!!!

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

I like this style of music

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Hell yes. Great 70's female punk album. Great cover of Helter Skelter. 4.5

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

good

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Absolutely classic debut album from the Banshees. What punk was all about.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

What an interesting listen. If I hadn't looked at the band title, I might have thought it was a Patti Smith album. The wiki article talks about how the vocals in this album are an instrument and I can definitely see that. It's hard to believe that it was recorded in 1978. I love this tidbit from wikipedia that shows that fandom sometimes does work. "A fan undertook a graffiti campaign in London, spraying the walls of the major record companies with the words "Sign the Banshees: do it now"." Also, this was interesting to learn about the title,"The title of the album was in part inspired by the 1968 film The Swimmer (starring Burt Lancaster), in which main character, Neddy Merrill, intended to swim home, using open-air pools. Climbing over garden fences, from pool to pool, his journey put him into a state of mental and physical exhaustion, and in the end, Goddard said, "all Neddy Merrill could think to do was scream, [...] as a scream of exhausted jubilance after a troubled, arduous journey". All around, a good album. Made me want check out their last album of 2004 to see where the band went.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

I understand Juju, but I'm a bit shocked this was picked over Kaleidoscope, A Kiss in the Dreamhouse, or Tinderbox on the list. Am I complaining? No. I love post-punk and I love Siouxsie's vocals. What I love best about her vocals is best represented in "Metal Postcard," abrasive but fun and a little weird, reminds me of Cindy Wilson of the B-52s. There are some haunting gothic hints of where their sound will take, as in "Overground" and "Suburban Relapse." It seems like a lot of viewers give their points to the album's influence over how much they like it. I'm the opposite: their influence didn't explode until two albums later, but I find this to be a guilty pleasure of mine. I really enjoy all the songs; there's always something exciting happening that I wouldn't believe anyone who said they all sound the same. Before today, I only knew "Hong Kong Garden," and now I appreciate the song so much more now that I have context of how different this album is from their other work, and I like that. Again another example that reinforces post-punk as my favorite genre.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Really enjoyable post-punk record. Wasn't familiar with this group but it feels right at home with other artists/bands that I love from the same genre and period. Some great noise-rock guitar sounds. Will try to revisit this one again soon.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Ding ding ding ding-ding-ding-ding-ding oooooh oh oh oh oh

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Encore une belle découverte, album plein de promesses pour l’avenir.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

4.25

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

1978? You can hear this album's influence in late 80s synth pop, 90s college rock, on and on. This was a pleasure to listen to and this album in particular is an example of the post-punk sound's influence. Bonus: what a great version of Helter Skelter.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Alright

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Essential album for goth, post-punk, new wave. Great sound. Some mysterious bass, guitars flowing with anxiety and stress. Siouxsie's moans and shouts are just immaculate. Fav track: Switch.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Encore une fois, en terme de face A et de face B, la face B est vraiment meilleure. La première écoute était moins évidente, mais une fois que j'ai "sizé" le groupe, j'ai complètement embarqué. Ce n'est pas une écoute de tous les moments, mais quand t'es dans le mood, c'est parfait. Un peu comme Sonic Youth. J’aime beaucoup les guitares sur cet album. Étrangement, c'est la dernière pièce que j'aime le plus, The Staircase (Mystery). Je trouve ce single de cette époque qui a été ajouté à la réédition de 2005 plus abouti et plus original. J'adore le jeu des guitares sur cette pièce. Pour ce qui est de la reprise de Helter Skelter, je trouve que c'est ce que dois être un cover, une adaptation au style du groupe. Si tu connais la chanson, cool, tu as la référence, mais sinon, tu l'apprécies comme n'importe quelle autre chanson de l'album. Ça fonctionne ici. Un album important qui a sa place sur cette liste. Pièces préférées: The Staircase (Mystery), Switch, Metal Postcard (Mittageisen), Nicotine Stain

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Genre: Post-Punk 4/5 Siouxsie and the Banshees, one of the first groups regarded as truly post-punk, released their debut album in late 1978. The turn of the decade was nigh, and groups such as these brits right here were beginning to push the limits of rock into the 80s. This album, The Scream, was one of my favorite listens throughout this exercise. Incredibly forward thinking, heavy as hell, and clearly a major influence on the genre, this album is an album not just full of killer jams, but one that’s a big moment for rock and post-punk. Once Jigsaw Feeling started, I knew I was in for a good time. The album continued to pump out jam after jam, with Carcass shortly following it, their take on Helter Skelter (which is quite good), and with songs like Metal Postcard and Suburban Relapse filling out the back end of the album. All of these tracks do a great job of executing their own unique style, and after the album finished, I genuinely just wanted to start it over and listen again. The vocals were wild and great, the guitars are top-notch sludge, and the rhythm section in this swings between tribal and punk styles like it’s no problem. Really great stuff here, very pleasantly surprised!

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

I really enjoyed listening to this album. I had heard individual songs but never the entire album in a listen-through.

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Mon May 16 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Helter skelter,

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Pretty good somewhat haunting

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

I'm starting to think I like Siouxsie and the Banshees. I was originally listening on laptop speakers and halfway through Jigsaw Feeling I wanted to go listen to this on headphones. Some very Can-like guitar playing here, reminds me of their track "Father Cannot Yell". I definitely appreciate the dark post-punk here. Fun to know that they originally didn't know how to play anything really on their first gig, that's as punk as it can get. That Helter Skelter cover surprised me as well. Overall it falls a bit down as it goes along for me, but overall still good stuff. Metal Postcard did kind of annoy me though.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

More familiar with her later material but I really enjoy this rawer/punkier debut. I'm a closet goth.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Quite good

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

A band that has always somehow been in orbit around me, plenty of people love them, but I have never sat down and given a listen. Pretty fun album, and I dig the vibe a lot. Will explore more of their records.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

A beautiful and gothic debut from Siouxsie and the Banshees. While they would surpass this album with bigger, more iconic music this is still fresh as hell.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

i loved this. loved her voice. loved the sounds.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

4.5

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Has its own sound regardless, then we remember this work was completed in 1978. This group was pioneering and it shows. Really cool, out there yet not so out there it had no melodic or harmonic sense. Tough to hit that balance and they did. Very nicely done.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Melhor pos-punk e gótico dos 80. Preciso escutar mais.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

surprised i hadn’t listened to this. pretty pretty cool

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Nice, original, pretty well written. Dig it.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

I first heard of Siouxsie and the Banshees back when Gerard Way would cite them as one of the many influences to My Chemical Romance. Makes total sense now that I listen to them. This is dark, apocalyptic, and pretty demented. I don't have much of the vocabulary to describe an album like this, so I'll leave it on the opinion that this sounds good and I liked it quite a bit. Undoubtedly influential to a whole bunch of other artists, too. Favorites are Overground, Carcass, Mirage and The Staircase. It could be a five star record, but (to me, at least) that cover of Helter Skelter is unfortunately bad.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Great bit of punk. slow start and short album and definitely has an unfinished feel about it but that's all part of the charm. 3.7

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

A very good debut album. While not Siouxsie’s best, it still belongs in the top tier of the Post-punk canon.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

"Overground", "Metal Postcard", and "Suburban Relapse" were the standouts on this very good album. Very cutting edge music from a band that doesn't get the credit that it deserves for all the 80's new wave/punk bands that it influenced. This sounds like a perfect mix of The Smiths and X.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Really grew on me! Hong King Garden is *chefs kiss*

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Wed Sep 09 2020
3

Generally good, not a big fan of vocals.

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Wed Dec 09 2020
3

decent post punk album

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Tue Oct 13 2020
3

Not bad. A bit more avant garde than I expected, considering what I've heard from them.

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Wed Oct 07 2020
3

Solid. Nothing stood out, but I didn't feel like turning it off. 2 and 1/2 if I could give it that.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

3.5 hong kong and overground standouts.

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Thu Dec 10 2020
3

Blir bara en trea till sist. Fanns vissa riktigt bra låtar men sången var inte riktigt upp i min allé över ett helt album.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

I like it, so far this list has done little other than solidifying my love for punk. This project doesn't sound super different than other punk albums, but it did come before many so it gets a pass. Favorite song helter skelter, 6/8.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

it was alrightttt

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Souixsie Souixe has a very strong set of vocals. The album contains Hong Kong Garden which is has unique guitar riffs.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Mirage- OOF! SWITCH! Major sleater kinney vibes off of this they must have inspired them. Go back to this when you want something messy and releasing I think

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Sun May 02 2021
3

I think it's been pretty well established that punk isn't my genre but I liked this better than anything else in that vein so far. Siouxsie Sioux pulls off the vocals in a style that usually grates for me.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Maybe a bit too aggressive, but all right

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

This feels like it was very influential on later post-punk, but I felt it didn't click as a whole for me, even though songs like "Hong Kong Garden" (which apparently wasn't on the original album) still hold up.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

I'd expected this to be good, and it was better. Really heavy in places. The Staircase is sick.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Bad ass bitch music

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Meh. Neither here nor there.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Talented and has some good tracks, but nothing outstanding. I think the vocals are mixed to be a little bit too quiet.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

meh dramatic is this who cranberries listened to first?

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

British post-punk.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Another fun album from the Banshees. I don't think I liked it as much as the last one, but it's close. Metal Postcard is a favorite.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

This album is hard for me to enjoy. But I will give it a knowing nod for its groundbreaking post punk sound that influenced many bands that followed in the 80s. I used to think HK Garden was catchy and cute but it’s faux Asian melodies are now cringe worthy. It’s funny how mores change so much over time. Just like my musical tastes.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

I thought I might kinda like this at first but then it just dragged on and on. Lands somewhere around a 5

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

A meritorious post punk record which would be much exceeded with subsequents efforts.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

The album gets off to an epic start with the atmospheric intro and then the guitar lead-in to the second song. Overall the sound reminds me a bit of Joy Division - dark and muddy, like the production is an afterthought. The standout track for me is the last one, "Staircase", with its abundance of catchy guitar riffs, but based on Spotify listens, I'm the only one who thinks so. It wasn't even on the original vinyl release. 'Hong Kong' is clearly an attempt to get radio play, and I would have liked to been listening to UK radio in the era when it became a top ten hit.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

"Overground--I'll be worse than me Overground--it's clear to me I'll be worse than me" (Overground) "Tell me, tell me, tell me, come on tell me the answer You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer" (Helter Skelter) No puedo decir absolutamente nada malo de unas personas que tienen esa pinta.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Pre-post-punk. Best Tracks: Jigsaw Feeling, Carcass, Suburban Relapse

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Halfway through, and it's okay. Sort of alternative sound; nothing has really grabbed me yet. Probably 3/5. We'll see how songs 8-12 sound... nothing that special, or that bad

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Not into it

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Not terrible.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

A bit raw for my ears, although I do love the post-punk movement, and this is very much the beginning of this.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Interesting but probably wouldn’t listen again

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Hmm. I did enjoy the album, but I don't suspect it's one I'll be reaching for often.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Decent.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

An enjoyable album, admittedly background music more than much else for me.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Neither good nor bad, I wouldn’t mind hearing more of it but it’s not something I’m gonna go out of my way to listen to

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Tempting to call it proto-Benatar, but not really fair, as Benatar debuted just a year later. Jefferson Airplane, but 70s. Proto-Florence + the Machine, then. Hard rock, almost punk, but more elaborate phrasing and chording vs. power chords and manic strumming. I didn’t like it yesterday when I had a migraine, but I quite like it today. I’m glad I gave it another shot.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Enjoyed it. Bit grungy, loved the helter skelter cover. Carcass was a great track

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

A really good insight into the genre. A little dark in parts...

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

punk band with its own sound, great songs

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Se deja escuchar, pero más allá de Hong Kong Garden y la versión de Helter Skelter no hay muchas cosas brillantes. Le doy 3 estrellas justas.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Really tributes the name banshee, weird tunes

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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

I can appreciate this in theory, but I wasn't really in the right mood to enjoy it. The album reminds me of being a teen, when I had goth friends who would listen to Siouxie on scratched old LPs. That's a pleasant nostalgic feeling, but it's 2021 and I want to be sooooothed. Go on with your eyeliner.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

A bit like The Pixies? Same vibe

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

It's a pretty decent early punk album but doesn't really grab me like her later post punk/goff incarnation.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

Fun Fact: Jar Jar Binks was in the original line up.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

Alright I suppose. Worst Beatles cover version I've ever heard.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

I liked it, but it's too long for this type of punk/post-punk thing. The Beatles cover is interesting, but kind of the worst thing in the album.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

7/10

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

La question que tout le monde se pose à l'écoute de cet album, c'est pourquoi diable Siouxsie and the Banshees se sont retrouvés par deux fois dans le générateur. Je me suis d'ailleurs posé la même question le premier jour de ma classe de 4ème. Après une année de 5ème passée dans la même classe que celui que vous connaissez désormais tous, robpenitencière - la faute à une option Krautrock choisie il est vrai un peu au hasard - je me rejouissais de pouvoir passer une année entière sans avoir à cotoyer cet individu. Alors que je m'installais dans ma nouvelle salle de classe, la 5ème singer-songwriter, pas une trace de rob à l'horizon. Je commençais à prendre des notes sur les instructions du professeur Rock, la mine enjouée grâce à la perspective d'une année sans embûche. Soudain, trois bruits secs retentirent contre la porte. Le professeur Rock s'interrompit, et alors qu'il entrouvait la porte, je pus reconnaître un son malheureusement très familier, trop familier. En effet, des notes de Part of a Whole de Hugh Masekala retentissaient à l'exterieur de la classe, et j'aperçu alors l'horreur: c'était bein rob qui se dressait là, son enceinte JBL en main comme à son habitude. Cet imbécile avait en effet oublié de mettre son reveil, et était arrivé en retard pour son premier jour de classe. J'ai donc pour la deuxième année consécutive dû me coltiner rob, malgré les 8 classes de 5èmes existantes, un sentiment que je redécouvre donc ce matin, à la vision d'un deuxième album de Siouxsie and the Banshees, malgré l'existence de milliers d'albums potentiellement candidats ä l'election générateurienne.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

I have a Siouxsie and the Banshees "Greatest Hits" album. This album sounded like the band, but almost all of the tracks on this album were unfamiliar to me. I like the band, and some of their songs are tracks that I would replay. "Jigsaw Feeling" is the track that felt like a probable track to revisit. The album as a whole comes in at "okay".

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

So funny how much this sounds like sleater kinney at times. Love the sound but I found the album to feel long as a whole.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Hadn’t been familiar with this group. Feels like an influential album for later punk music but perhaps a bit repetitive

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Besser als befürchtet aber immer noch nicht meins

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Auch anstrengend

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

So much rock. So indistinguishable. I thought I had listened to it all.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

I didn't understand the lyrics much, but it kind of works. I like the sound, but all of the songs were pretty much the same.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Not bad, not my style

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Yawn. It felt like the Velvet Underground (and imitators) all over again. Stripped down but trying to do something artsy and unique. Siouxsie had a long career and some decent songs, and they're part of the punk revolution and all, but I don't think they had the stuff to put together an entire album worth of songs worth listening to. Jigsaw Feeling and Switch were alright (each had neat style changes), Mirage was ok, and Carcass and Nicotine Stain had some life to them. The rest were forgettable. Even Hong Kong Garden, their big hit from this album, I don't see what the appeal is.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

I only know Siouxsie & The Banshees from a few songs ("Happy House"). This is definitely NOT that. I get the experimentation and where this influenced so many other punk bands, but like "Suicide" I can't imagine me listening to this very often. I had to totally pause when "Helter Skelter" came on because I just wasn't sure what that was. It's never good when a song is totally unrecognizable.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Liked "Overground", builds nicely and a little more melodic. Most lyrics are very dark, but seem to be congruent with the pulsing beats and thrashing guitars. Interesting to finally see them in the video for the last song.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Pretty good album, no real standouts but very enjoyable.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Good

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

Decent punk sound but not something I'll add to my rotation

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

5/10 Инструментал отличный, особенно мне нравится ритм, но вокал очень раздражает, хоть вполне типичен для панка 1-3 песни мож расслушаю

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

not bad

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

I feel basically the same way on this album as I did on the last Siouxsie and the Banshees album that came up on this list. I do appreciate the instrumentals, but the vocals are really grating to me and it's just not an enjoyable listen, it's uncomfortable to listen to but not in a good way. I can appreciate that this came out in the 70s so it is veery ahead of its time. Aside from that just not for me.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Como antecedente de muchas cosas sí es quizá algo que tenía que oír, pero la verdad es que no se compara con el otro disco que ya habíamos escuchado de Siouxsie. Quizá lo que más me gustó en algunas rolas es también lo que menos me gustó en otras: su voz. Fuera de eso, pues es el típico disco que viene a proponer algo nuevo y que a ratos se oye demasiado artsy o elevado.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Creo que en este discose nota más que sin ellas no habría Pixies o Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Me cuesta trabajo sentir lo que quieren comunicar por eso no les puedo dar mayor calificación pero es un muy buen disco.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

I've had a hard time connecting with this one. I fully appreciate how people could like (and conversely, could hate) this - it's so radically different and in 1978?? Man - almost unheard of. The part that I'm having most difficulty with is how can I like a lot of Gang of Four and Wire which I hear similarities but not this as much. Is it Siouxsie's voice? I appreciate and enjoy a lot of the non traditional aspects of this...the horror movie intro of "Pure"...the 5/4 time of "Overground" the almost but not quite straightforward "Carcass" - unique use of drums especially in that one, in that almost everything is on toms rather than the standard snare/kick. But then the album almost falls off a cliff... a song like "Metal Postcard" seems droning and doesn't hit the same promise as the songs in the first half of the record. "Nicotine Stain" and "Suburban Relapse" are just not good - bad atonal punk and the vocals are brutal. But then they come back with the excellent "Switch" and...? I have no idea how to rate this...my second time through I confess to starting to "get" this, at least the first half. I'll leave at this: this is not for everyone to be sure. I'll give big marks for being super unique and the best/mysterious songs are really worth a look, but overall it's not an easy listen. 6/10 3 stars for unique highs, but the lows are pretty low.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

3.2

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

Astonishing debut that set the style for Goth. Siouxsie and the Banshees were still finding their feet musically so the sound flits from punk to noise to something new entirely. It doesn't sound pretty in places and regardless of whether or not that was intentional, it does start to grate. Overall it is a good album and worthy of its praise just not one I would revisit regularly. Minus points for Helter Skelter, a terrible cover of a terrible song.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Lo-fi punk rock that's just interesting enough to be listenable while still serving as decent background music while I worked today. Will say the energy starts off strong on this one, but the arrangements and vocals became a bit repetitive about midway through - there are still some surprises on the back half, but nothing that blew me away.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Samey, noisy, good but not great. Really surprised to hear the cover of Helter-skelter, and obviously knew Hong Kong Garden, but nothing else really grabbed me.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

La première toune jette tout un mood! Clairement un album influent pour joy division et sonic youth entre autres. Helter skelter m'a laissé perplexe... réharmonisé et mélodie assez différente, pas ma préférée... En général j'adore quand elle ne chante pas... elle est pas mal fausse souvent et ça gosse un peu Bjork a clairement écouté ça aussi, il y a une parentée évidente mais Bjork chante juste😄 L'énergie est bonne, ça brasse et les guitares sont bien acérées. Fondateur mais je ne crois pas y revenir souvent

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Theres a lot going on here but im not sure id add it to my rotation

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Non male le canzoni, ma non mi piace la voce della cantante.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

um dia esse povo ainda clica

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Thu May 12 2022
3

An album that was evidently revelatory to a lot of listeners in 1978, and whose influence on a lot of other musicians is something I obviously accept, but to be honest it doesn't do that much for me. Bigger and better things lay ahead for them.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

A touchstone of new-wave, "The Scream" is very striking for a 1978 release. It could have easily been released ten years later as part of the noise-rock explosion, and would have still sounded fresh and relevant. In 2022, it's easy to see the influence this continues to wield: distorted angular guitars, unconventional progressions, thunderous drums, edgy semi-chanted vocals. On paper, it's everything I love... but not all of it played out as perfectly as I'd hoped. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of great stuff here. "Helter Skelter" is an absolutely inspired Beatles cover which unleashes the song's demonic potential. "Nicotine Stain" and "Mirage" are deceptively upbeat tracks, wearing the inner turmoil on their sleeves. But "Carcass" is the winner for me, telling the disquieting and original tale of a butcher (or serial killer?) falling in love with a slab of meat. Its final minute, all cacophony and freak-out with added handclaps, is a perfect frenzy. All of those tracks are great, but there are some that never really kick off as well. I ended up wishing they'd laid more into all-out aggression than some of the gloomier atmospherics. "Pure" is a bit of a nothing-opener, and "Overground" and "Metal Postcard" are just too dirge-like for me to get much out of. "Suburban Relapse" would have been a better closer than "Switch", which runs out of steam a bit towards the end. Some more catchy, lighter songs like the excellent single "Hong Kong Garden" (left off the original release) wouldn't have gone amiss, though I respect it may not have fit the band's vision for the album. Still, what works really works, and the band's overall style eclipses a lot of the weaker songs. Sioux is the perfect punk singer, hollering and yelping her way through each of the tracks with wild abandon. The drums are given a hypnotic, tribal feel: all toms and very few hi-hats or cymbals. Fascinating to find producer Steve Lillywhite honed this approach with Siouxsie and the Banshees a full two years before taking it to Peter Gabriel. Ultimately it's one I admired more than enjoyed: if I don't listen to it again for a while, I hope I'll come back with even more to get out of it.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

better than expected. good female vocals and makes me understand some potential redeeming qualities in noise rock. clearly influential.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Probably pretty original / edgy when released. I liked it.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

Classic.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

Seminal punk, and you can feel the energy, but the vocals are a bit monotonous despite their power.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Fair

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

Good, but tiresome.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

An influential album for anyone that appreciates The Go Go’s, Smashing Pumpkins. Not polished greatness. Not ceiling breaking. An album made of solid enough stuff to stick around after it added its own layers to the post-punk world.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

I had never heard a full album from this band prior, just singles. I had liked what I heard which makes sense as it fits a lot of my tastes and has been suggested listening for ages. I was somewhat disappointed to finally hear a whole album. It was pretty good, but bot compelling. I enjoyed it enough but wasn't super thrilled with much of it. I can still see the influence it had and I'm thinking maybe follow up albums were better. That Beatles cover was, to put it as dumb as I can: omgwtflol

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

(3.5) Dope.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

-Just not a very interesting post-punk album. I feel like it sounds exactly like another band as well. Nothing really stood out through the album. Maybe a strong 3, which is pretty rough cuz most albums in this genre would easily get a 4

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Not sure if I would have liked them when they came out. Not sure if I like them now.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

I like this. Not my all-time favorite, but enjoyable for its time.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Generally I liked women in rock and while this wasnt bad, it was just a bit too messy and all over the place

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

For 1978, this is really amazing production putting it more in the sound of the 1990s than the late 1970s. It really is fantastic production. Especially the cool guitar sound. However, the songs really go nowhere. The vocals are irritating and make no song memorable and the music seems to be the same in each song making a decent run time seem like forever.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Coolish

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

This was pretty good. I’d try to see them live

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

This had cool guitar, and I liked her vocal style, but her singing is a bit too repetitive and makes all the songs sound the same--but it was still pretty cool.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

2.5 rounded up because I was into it at points.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Some good sound and decent songs at times.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Never quite been my thing. I'm glad to have listened but am not completely won over.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

I thought I was familiar with this album somehow, but it all sounded new to me on this listen and not all that welcoming. So I may have simply forgotten whatever I did know because I didn’t really care all that much for it.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

I've always enjoyed Siouxsie and the Banshees as a "song on a mixtape" kind of deal. Although I knew "Hong Kong Garden" in that capacity, I didn't know the rest of this debut album. There were definitely elements I liked here but maybe also some songs I'd skip. A whole album's worth can be a bit much to take, I think, but I’m definitely intrigued to hear more.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Pretty good and obviously really influential. I feel I may have enjoyed this more if this was my first Siouxsie album but, having heard some of their later work, this one doesn't quite reach those heights

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Nice but not as good as I was expecting from this band.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

3.8

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

You can see where Souixie was getting ready to launch into the stratosphere with this album. While not as polished as later offerings, this is a good introduction.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
3

It's Siouxsie so no suprises. Strong dominant drums with squeaks and squeals as vocal highlights. Either you like it or it is annoying, there is little space to be neutral here. I like it in limited doses - listening to a whole album in one go it gets annoying.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

It was an appropriate album for the season, good moody, gothic punk. Nothing jumped out and grabbed me like I wanted it to so 3 stars. Listen to La Luz instead and fuck you

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Super clean electric guitar. Rough on the vocals. Could have been much more

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Is alright.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

I see the virtue but I just can’t stand those kinds of whiny loud out of tune vocals in rock settings.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

I echo all the reviews that pitch this between a 2 and a 3. So rounding up or down is the dilemma. On balance I’m not revisiting this album unless you were in a discussion about Nile Rodgers. I will give a 2 ignoring his other contributions to music. Eg Bowie

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Tue May 11 2021
2

same old same old. Post punk. Not a fan.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

Spiky

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

false

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

Bit samey and dreary

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Never a fan.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

not for me

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

räminää, ihan ok erityisesti koska naislaulaja, mutta ei ole tarvetta kuunnella uudelleen

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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

eh nothing special

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

yaaaawwwwnnnn

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

Angry, discordant punk/experimental. Not really something I enjoy.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

could be better

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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

Ugggh. So boring. 3.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Rhythmic and aggressive (that's how I like my post-punk pioneers). Not keen on the singing, but the music is fine. The Helter Skelter cover is a bit of an abomination.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

Nah

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

Banda típica de rock ochentero. La voz de la cantante no me logra agradar del todo. Un álbum que no sé si le daría una segunda vuelta. Nota: 2.5

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

I didn't hate it but it was wildly unmemorable. I listened to a couple of the songs more than once and still got absolutely nothing out of it. Shame, I think my dad saw them live when they were touring in the seventies lol

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