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Juju

Siouxsie And The Banshees

1981

Juju

Album Summary

Juju is the fourth studio album by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was recorded at Surrey Sound studio with Nigel Gray as co-producer, and was released on 19 June 1981 by record label Polydor. Two singles were released from Juju: "Spellbound" and "Arabian Knights". The album was commercially successful in the UK. It was acclaimed by critics upon its release, with praise given particularly to John McGeoch's unconventional guitar playing and Siouxsie's vocal performances. It remains a critical favourite and is seen as a landmark album of post-punk.

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Rating

3.3

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5160

Genres

  • Rock
  • Post Punk
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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

What an album. This is where Siouxsie's punk roots, meld with their gothic stylings and pop sensibilities in a perfect mixture. As always Budgies drumming is captivating and powerful and John McGeogh's stabbing guitars are perfect. And Siouxsie's singing is absolutely sublime. This might be their strongest set of songs, just really hard to find a dud on the album. Arabian Nights, Spellbound, Into the Light ... side one is near perfect. I have always thought Keleidescope was their best album but Juju is right there and on many days it is my favourite. A great album from one of the great post punk bands. 4.5 stars

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Takes me back to the days of too much eyeliner and teen angst.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

I adore Siouxsie’s voice and the anxious, haunting atmosphere. An essential punk album

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

The feeling here is part underground cathedral and part woods in the deep, deep night. I suppose that means that there is a reverent film across the entire album, both space and interiority. The first few tracks sound like rather by-the-numbers post-punk: Still good for my money, and the innovation in guitar playing is well-noted. But it rounds out by shooting off and blazing sonic trails. Those trails have been well-trodden, especially in Britain, but still sound fresh today.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Wonky, tremulous, unnerving. I love how Siouxsie's voice sounds like it is trapped halfway between demented and distraught. Perfectly anxious and paranoid post-punk.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

In the past I've struggled to article why this mob have not quite done the business for me, but now I think I have an answer. For all their invention - hell, some of Juju really points to new ways that rock can be played - there's an absence of humanity or soul. It's fun when Kraftwerk pretend to be robots, but it's just a touch dismal here. Nonetheless, Juju is bursting with ideas and Siouxsie is an arresting vocalist. Maybe I'll come round.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Siouxsie And The Banshees deserve a lot of credit. They've come up with a truly original sound here. The standard chord progressions of rock 'n roll are nowhere to be found, replaced by an emphasis on minor seconds, tritones and overall dissonance. The rhythms are tribal and relentless, particularly Budgie's drums. McGeoch's guitars lines are serpentine or jagged, and often drenched in reverb--he develops new ideas and concepts for every song. The lyrics are disturbing and evocative. Siouxie's vocals are impassioned. The entire band gives a sustained and committed performance throughout the entire album. The energy never flags, so much so, that the overall effect is claustrophobic. And yet, despite all of the skill and passion involved, not one melody or lick or chord sequence or rhythmic sequence stuck to my brain. That's a mystery, but unfair as it might seem, I'm going to dock Juju a star for that. Even free jazz or avant-guarde classical music needs to provide a point of entry for the listener. Who knows, maybe with repeated listens, Juju would magically become more accessible to me, but at this point, I admire it more than like it.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Thoroughly enjoyed this album. Reminds me of a decent amount of post-punk music I’ve listened to that came out more than 30 years later. Not every track is great but some (Spellbound, Monitor, Night Shift) are what I’m always in the mood for listening to. Great singing, great guitar and bass. Had never listened to Siouxsie before and this definitely exceeded my expectations. Not giving it 5 stars because it’s not perfect, just good, but 3 seems too low so 4 it is.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

I loved pretty much every second of this. (Yeah, that last tune kind of makes the record feel like it doesn’t quite stick the landing.) Easily one of my faves that we’ve done to date! Good shit. Which most likely means we’re getting some hot turds this week just to balance things out. Enjoy!

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Pleasantly surprised by this one. I'm between a 4 and 5 on this, so I'll give it a 5 just because it significantly exceeded expectations.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

A haunting goth odyssey. Loved it from start to finish

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Messy, exciting, passionate

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Mon May 30 2022
5

The muscular riffs and angsty vocals saved this goth rock album from being a cheesy fad that's only listenable during Halloween. It's compelling and the fun never wears off as one goes deeper into the gothic mansion. Perhaps one of the best things that came out of post-punk, as well as the best ones that came out of the '80s music scene.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

Begging to be rediscovered and reevaluated. If Stranger Things had a season set in 1981, the Duffer Brothers could have introduced "Spellbound" to a new generation, and today's youth would turn it into a Top Ten hit just like they're currently doing with "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush. This thing is front loaded, throwing 5 consecutive bangers right out of the gate. I hear everything from the B-52's to Polly Jean Harvey in those 5 gems. And then it takes you on a journey, ending with a daring 7 minute track that will alienate the masses. It's in the running for best album of 1981, and it might also be the best B-52's album.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

5.0 - Listening to "Monitor" I imagine an angry sky of charcoal conjured by the jagged guitars. The brutal crashing of the drums beckon claps of thunder and I see green flashes of lightning brusting from the dark clouds. Then Siouxsie Sioux materializes from this stormy chaos, an oversized Medusa head fixing her glowing red eyes on me as she pronounces impending doom with her forked tongue. I think many contemporaries like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Knife and the Killers (to name a few) have tried to capture the same drama and magic but not many come close to Siouxsie & The Banshees. Side note: I curse Robert Dimery often for recommending records I've found underwhelming (e.g. "The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen). But I'm equally thankful for his influence in getting me to listen to records like "Juju" that I may have avoided for stupid reasons (e.g. a weird band name like Siouxsie & The Banshees).

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Reminds me of The Pixies I think? Not bad for just a little offbeat uptempo rock.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

gothy autumnal post punk. sounds like they're conjuring a spell. fav track: arabian knights

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

this was very strong. wanna be friends with Siouxsie. really enjoyed :)

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Very enjoyable. Her voice is captivating.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Spellbound is a cool opening track and I am excited for it. I am digging the dark moodiness, very like The Smiths. Night Shift is a great moody tune. Head Cut is another cool spooky tune.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

I've heard about Siouxsie And The Banshees before of course, as a wildly influential band for gothic music and multiple metal subgenres. However, this was the first time I listened to them. I liked what I heard. Haunting post-punk with a good amount of depth and some interesting ideas and techniques. Not quite varied or catchy enough for a 5, but definitely a very good 4.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Pretty great album, honestly. I'm here for the riot grrl thing and Souxie delivers that in spades. It's fun, witty, and well put together.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
3

Robert Dimery nous assomme ces-temps ci d'albums punk et post-punk dont on se serait bien passés. Si la série noire actuelle ne s'arrête pas dans les prochains jours, j'annonce que j'entamerai la toute première "Grève du Générateur" dont j'expliquerai les modalités dans une éventuelle critique ultérieure. Robert est prévenu.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
5

Really enjoyed this album!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

I really enjoyed this record. Reminisces of some newer punk

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

❤️💘💓💕💗❣️💘💓💕💗❤️

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Qué pinche discotote.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

This has always just been a name to me and never consciously listen to them. More fool me, I really liked it. Sounds sick considering it's older than me! Really influential too. 9/10

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

This somehow influenced city of caterpillar and ghost. Love this 5/5

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

Brilliant!!!

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Sun Jun 13 2021
5

Love the punk goth vibes and the creativity truly the kinda album I live for

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

Increíble! Este álbum es una joya. La voz, la guitarra, el concepto del disco. No conocía a la banda, pero este disco ya me abrió las puertas para más música verdaderamente buena

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Готический рок и пост-панк. Это просто легенды 9/10

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

Love it.

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

Wow, glad I revisited this. I listened to Siouxsie and the Banshees when I was younger and was big into punk - but I always found most of this punk-adjacent stuff was lacking the raw energy. I also never got into gothic rock and it's still not a genre I care for. Having said all that: holy shit this is a strong album. More interesting, artistic and consistent than 90% of "classic" punk records, so teenage me was wrong to dismiss it. I've long enjoyed the dark, menacing restraint of post-punk which this has down to a tee. But it also makes them work with softer new wave elements. Favourite track is probably "Monitor", but this album is solid from start to finish. 5*

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Side one of this album is amazing, genuinely a 10/10 - exactly my type of music. Side two does get a bit fillery and I'm not a fan of the final track. The entire album would probably be like a 8.5/10 at worst. Really great.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Like the crosspoint between early Cure and early U2 and extremely my shit. Can’t believe I hadn’t listened to this sooner.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

This album was so good I hit my thumb with a hammer at least 4 times and didn’t even care

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

This was so good! Energetic, boppy music from start to finish. Loved the vibe and Siouxsie's voice, a few songs have gone straight into my halloween playlist.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

Maybe I'm biased because I'm listening to this while walking and that puts me in a good mood, but this is absolutely *chefs kiss* I feel like I've been steamrollered and I mean that in the best possible way Spellbound is an EXCELLENT intro and everything else just flows from there, I particularly love the bounciness of Monitor! Basically it's my favourite album on here so far (I know we're only a few days in but hey)

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Nunca escucho lo suficiente a ellos, aunque siempre me gustan cuando los oigo. 10/10

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

This album rocks! I love the Halloween aesthetic about the whole thing. Plus the vocals, being female, make it sound pretty badass.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Dark and gothic, but also driving and catchy. A clear inspiration for some of my favourite artists, with great singles to boot.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

Bardzo klimatyczny album, pierwsza wokalistka spośród wszystkich albumów do tej pory z niesamowitym głosem. "Into the light" "Voodoo Dolly" i "Spellbound" niesamowicie wpadły mi w ucho i są teraz regularnie słuchane na przestrzeni ostatnich paru dni. Poza genialnym wokalem niesamowicie ciekawe i bogate tło muzyczne. Moim zdaniem najlepszy do tej pory album.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

03/27/2022 Hell yeah. Gets a little spooky as the album progresses. Def puts a spell on the listener.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

First time listening to Siouxise and the Banshees, loved this album ,really starts with a bang, dark and melodic with great female vocals gives it a right badass feel. Been swaying between and 4 and a 5 all day, but this really is an album I’ll listen to a lot now, so due to personal taste this gets 5 stars.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

A stellar album. A Goth classic. John McGeoch helps brings the Banshees to new heights through his creativity. If you can find the demos with just drums and bass and Siouxsie's vocals, you can see what I mean.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Ever since I started getting deeper into music listening, I've noticed that I tend to find the Post-Punk genre (and some extent Gothic Rock) to be a mixed-bag. Some bands I can dig, but frequently I'll find particurally acclaimed bands that I can't really get behind all too well. With bands like Joy Division, Wire, and The Cure, I'll find myself enjoying them from time to time, but I never find enough in them to really stick with me for long. With this in mind, Juju was a great surprise to me. Nearly all of the tracks are crafted incredibly well in its dark, yet somehow inviting atmosphere with just the right kind of production. If there's one thing here that stands out the most though, it would be Siouxsie's vocal work across this record. Such a perfect voice for this style of music in my opinion. Fantastic Album. Would recommend. Favourites: "Spellbound", "Into The Light", "Monitor", "Night Shift"

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Goths ruined the ozone layer with their hairspray

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Shame on me, I had never taken the time to listen to this band until today. What a wonderful discovery! I really like post-punk, but I really love the "goth rock" style, so I was delighted. Unique vocals and powerful percussion alongside all you need in great gothic and dark 80s music. I will certainly buy this record and listen to it over and over again.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Huge fan of the old post-punk / gotic rock. It has been a while since I listen to this one, felt so good listening to it. I need this in vinyl. Pleas more gotic rock in this list.

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Tue May 24 2022
5

This is cracking. A real taste of my adolescence - Goth 101. Great tunes, great atmosphere.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

I loved this....so moody and goth. While listening, I heard a lot of Willow Smith, I wonder if she is influenced by Siouxsie

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

Fantastic, every song a highlight

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

Excellent!

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

So far ahead of its time that I don't think its time has come yet.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Sooo insanely good

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Пост панк и пост панк

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

I looooved this one, might just stop the generator for a week to enjoy this. Siouxsie's voice is sooo hypnotizing, the lyrics are super efficient and the melodies are straight up addictive.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

Perfectly dark and chaotic, no skips.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Absolutely stunning. Featuring some trippy guitar sounds, pounding TomTom drums, exotic scales and melodies topped off by some powerful vocals (reminiscent of Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane). A decade earlier this would have been called psychedelic or raga rock and it's better than a lot of the albums from that era. I'm stunned (I'll be seeking a vinyl copy of this!)

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Guitar by McGeoch out of this world. What a fantastic album. Siouxsie really finds her voice on this one.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

0 complaints

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Jom ik had hier allerlei dingen ingevuld. Het was niet slecht ofzo, maar precies ook niet zo memorabel? Denk wel dat ik erdoor op de dinge Mephisto Walz & Danse Society ben uitgekomen dus dat maakt het wel weer verdienstelijk.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

A seminal gothic album. Incredibly polished with a dark mood, with parts being both fun and eery. It's incredibly fast-paced and dense, with plenty of strange sounds that contribute to the horror and sometimes psychedelic feel of the tracks. This is further characterized by the cold distant drums, the lofi compressed guitar, and Siouxsie's shrieks and mystical voice. It's very accessible, with pop and dance tracks put at the beginning to entice new listeners, making this a perfect entry point for the genre. At the same time, it's tense with moments of anxiety and resolution that reward you well. The songs transition well from one to the next, carrying the mood. Second half slows down with a creepier and colder sound that I love. Despite how strange it gets, it never becomes too abrasive to scare listeners away. Personally I think every song is great, and so is the order. Out of all their albums, they really knocked it out of the ballpark with the dark horror approach they were going for in both their sound and lyrical content. As much as I like how varied their discography is, I wish they had a record as consistent in its gothic tones as this one.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Post punk is such an amazing genre in my opinion but siouxsie and the banshees is honestly not a band that I really know though so this is going to be fun… Lead single (and biggest hit) spellbound opens up the album with a memorable banger to get the listener hooked! Into the light is cool, her vocals are perfect on this one and those drums are awesome. Arabian knights is what I expected for a post punk song the bass/drum combo on the verses is so brooding. Halloween (or any public holiday) isn’t really a songwriting theme that I would call good but instrumentally the track is cool. Monitor ending side one was a brilliant choice definitely one of my favourites from side one! Side two track one is night shift a bloody incredible track! The guitars on this are so fucking sick! Sin in my heart is also a banger I love the minute long intro only to be cut by some of the most aggressive drums I’ve ever herd. The metallic guitar tones in head cut are brilliant the rest of the song isn’t necessarily one of my favourites on the album but it’s cool. Voodoo dolly is horror music the track is so tense and I love how it bursts into a ball of insanity. This was great might regret later but i’am gonna give it a 5.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

BITCH, taking me back to my early 20’s

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

Finally! An album to convince this website that I don’t hate post-punk; only their shitty choices of the genre so far. I simply can not praise the guitar playing of McGeoch enough. “Spellbound” easily ranks among the best guitar tracks of the 80’s and for the rest of the album there’s never a track where he doesn’t deliver something truly unique and interesting. Siouxsie sounds as great and gloomy as ever and the songs seem as fresh today as they would have done more than 40 years ago. An absolute masterpiece!

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

Dark brooding and frankly a little scary. But recommended

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Just about the perfect post-punk album. Should also appeal to fans of punk, new wave, and of course goth rock.

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Tue Sep 22 2020
4

Solid album, not my taste per se, but good music

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Creo que no había oído más de una canción o dos de Siouxsie And The Banshees y no tenía idea de qué esperar, por lo que este disco fue una muy muy grata sorpresa. Me encantó el sonido complejo y oscuro sin tirarse a la depresión como The Cure o a un exceso de lujuria como Depeche Mode. Al contrario, es oscuro pero con su personalidad y con mucho movimiento, ritmo y variedad en la instrumentación. La voz de Siouxsie es muy adecuada para el estilo. Bonita sin dejar de ser agresiva cuando se requiere. La guitarra me pareció excelente, y el detalle de usar el Gizmotron en Into The Light me gustó más. La batería, con cambios y adornos interesantes y el bajo acompañando de manera simple, pero choncho y sólido. Y bueno, lo que hace que no le dé la 5 estrella es que hacia el final sentí que duró un poco más de lo necesario y que el último par de rolas ya me habían perdido.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

A mí parecer una de las mejores bandas de goth, tienen una textura más agradable que the cure por ejemplo, el disco tiene canciones muy bien equilibradas, no lo había escuchado completo y monitor fue una gran sorpresa

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Este disco tiene una vibra que combina a los Yeah Yeah Yeahs con un poquito de Rage Agains the Machine. Un disco muy agradable e interesante. Mi canción favorita fue Spellbound, en la versión de 12”

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

4.5 | Aquí debería de ir una reseña bastante comprehensiva sobre el rock gótico, Siouxsie, cuánto me gustó el disco y cómo a veces no se toma al rock gótico en serio por lo ridículo de su subcultura pero musicalmente la verdad es que es bastante bueno. Hablaba sobre lo chingón de Spellbound como sencillo y lo sólido del disco en general. Y luego le piqué mal y borré todo y me deprimí. Así que ahora solo dice esto... Gran disco, oigan más Siouxsie.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

But now remember... Nobody is perfect and you will see...

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

the exact kind of doomer vibes I can get on board with

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Went down a treat in our houses. Considered a 5. Arabian Knights and Sin in my Heart were bloody bangers.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

This album surprised me. I only really knew Spellbound before listening to it, but really enjoyed the other tracks too.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

V glad to have discovered these guys. Will def listen to more. Aged v well. Can’t believe this album is as old as me!

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

punk fem

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Another glaring omission. Not what I expected at all.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

This was great! So much better than I expected. A bit too long and the remixes are terrible, but really good.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Really interesting album from a great band. Can absolutely hear their 70's punk roots and influences (which means I also hear 60's surf rock), but they are much tighter rhythmically and more daring than most punk bands.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

To lazy to rewrite- I forgot to copy and paste my review Arabian Knights, Monitor, Night Shift

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

I always think I don't like SatB until I actually sit down and listen to them. While there are a couple songs here that feel like a stretch - the last track, mainly - there's something for me in every other song here.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

“Spellbound” opens this album and it’s already much more of a badass than I could ever be. The first lines make me think “same” — From the cradle bars Comes a beckoning voice It sends you spinning You have no choice “Into The Light” has a really cool guitar riff that carries the song verse to verse and it makes me imagine a river of golden light carrying the lyrics. The words “Remember when” have me feeling nostalgic for something I’m unaware of. “Arabian Nights” is psychedelic and gothy! “Halloween” is also nostalgic... carefree days being long gone, and the whatnot. Perhaps life is simply tricks and treats, and nothing more...? “Monitor” once again jabs at the concept of the passing of time, a jab I know all too well. The instrumentals on this song are really cool and captivating. And those spooky howls? Amazing. “Night Shift” asks “wonder... What goes on in your mind, always silent and kind unlike the others...” and I was like “this sounds like me”... and the guitars are sick! “Sin in My Heart” made me think of Florence +Machine with added glass shattering effect. “Head Cut” is pretty chaotic and there is a lot of screaming and clapping and howling and screeching and it’s crAaAzy! “Voodo Dolly” closes out the album and is over 7 minutes long and Siouxsie wants me to LISTEN! The reveal line of what I am to be listening to is quite striking and a great way to close out this album. This album is spooky and fun and full of dread and I am all about it! I could imagine some of my favorite musicians drawing inspiration from these tracks.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

I like it for it's goth vibes. There are some annoying elements in it, but for the most part I like its repetitiveness. The lyrics are pretty good as well as the voice. Highlights: 1, 3, 4, and 6.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Punky and nice Simple yet intriguing

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Good punk album. Melodies flow nicely and the voice comes in over top.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

3.75

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

- really like the sound; electronic, post-punk - a little dirge-ish in places but overall fun - Feels out-there for it's time. progressive

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

juju on the beat

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

The girl power of the 80's is strong. Wonderful experience.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

Catchy tunes!

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Not my typically type of music, but I enjoyed it. The album seems complete as a whole, but no particular track stood out to me.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Never actually sit and listened to this album. So I was pretty excited to throw it on. I love spellbound, solid opening for sure. Feels like a Classic in the realm of post punk. It's great, this album maybe came a month early, feels like it would be great for Halloween.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Auch nie gehört. Lücke. Wenn ich 'post-punk' lese, rechne ich instinktiv mit dem Schlimmsten, manchmal zu unrecht. Wie hier.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Suxie Sux ( xD its a reference) 4/5 very good

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Nice

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

I hadn't realized how long this band had been around before the mid-80s. Some of my favorite songs of theirs came on their fourth, fifth, and sixth albums. This captures well the essence of their sound from around that time, and Spellbound is one of their best.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Woah, never heard of them but really digging it, although Spellbound sounds familiar. Punk energy with a few experimental flourishes. Ticks all my boxes for 1001 albums it seems. Interesting roster changes as well, I'd say the only track I didn't care for was Halloween, lyrics are too cheesy for me.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Hadn't ever listened to this before. I think I shied away from things that were labeled goth rock in the past for some reason but I quite like this sound. Favorite track is "Monitor."

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

I really like this, it has hat crisp post punk sound with a sinister edge.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Great rock album that was ahead of its time and is thoroughly entertaining

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Super cool sound. 8/10

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

7/10. I didn't care for "The Scream", so I wasn't looking forward to this. But I was pleasantly surprised by this album. Arabian Knights was pretty good.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

7/10 nice goth rock , Halloween is funny

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

I acknowledge that this was solid more than I enjoyed it. Some songs were a bit much for me personally. However, their stuff tends to grow on me, so I'm sure I will appreciate it more with time!

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

I came into this with some skepticism, but dammit if this wasn't haunting in all the right ways. Best track: Night Shift

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

I can see why all the hype. Excellent.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

First time ever listening this album but genuinely impressed...really cool punk sound and very smart lyrics to match...pretty surprised how much I ended up enjoying this album

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Yeah, really liked this! Definitely giving the band side-eye for their rejection of the goth label, heh. I can see me lifting this to 5 stars with more listens... Fave track - "Sin in My Heart" - love the tempo ratcheting up throughout.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Vaguely heard of this band, never heard a song before. Very intriguing music, especially for the time. Some songs are much better than others, liked the very first song the most. Overall an interesting album. That first song is really really really good!

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

Post-punk genius. Worth the listen for the first half alone. John McGeoch’s guitar playing is another highlight.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

Enjoyable punk

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

Great

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

I'm very pleased to have been presented with this album. Siouxsie was adjacent to music I listened to a lot back in the day. But I haven't listened to as much or as closely as I should have. Banshees here I come! To start with, the album cover is fantastic. I'm optimistic I'll be liking this album. The opening track, Spellbound, is very strong. Interesting, textured, yet catchy. The next track is all about the rhythms weaving into a transportive experience. I appreciate that the songs stick with one melodic or especially rhythmic idea long enough to make an impression before wheeling around to something new. The whole album feels very cohesive to me, generating a very specific gothy/punky/death chick feeling. Like going out the back door of a apothecary in New Orleans at midnight into a circle of pale women whirling around a fire chanting some dark spell. Ensorcelled. A great album. A little dark for my taste, so not a perfect 5 to me. But a jewel of an album for sure.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

This is a band I always meant to check out because I thought I'd really like them but never listened. I'm glad I got the opportunity to give this one a listen, because I was right and I am really liking it. Favorites: Into the Light, Arabian Knights

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

This album is fantastic. The band have built their sound and confidence in song-writing. I love McGeoch's guitar playing and Siouxsie's singing. Absolute height of British post-punk. Moody, dramatic, startling, and still fresh.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

It's nice to listen to a punk album released in the '80s when there is an abundance of more popular music condensed on the radio during that time

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

It is a very mature album. Siouxsie is perhaps at the peak of her grotesque vocal abilities, and the backing singers accompany her with truly satanic fervour. McGeogh's atmospheric guitar performs little acrobatic feats that enrich the sound. Pretty dark (7/10) FT: Spellbound, Arabian Knights

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

Such a great vibe. It's dark and mysterious while still being catchy and just a whole lot of fun Spellbound is one of the best openers of all time, Halloween is an absolute gem, and Mobile was a groovy little highlight

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Great album - really inventive & unusual sounds.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Fun throwback sound. Really enjoyed this album. Plus one point for a cool band name

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

4,5 stars; high quality music, felt a bit too long in the middle

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Sat Feb 12 2022
4

4.5/5. Quite great. Siouxsie good

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Very good. I am very into 1980s music and this is a great representative of that era. Spellbound is obviously a fan favorite but I really liked Arabian Knights.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

great post punk album with its own unique (somewhat hysterical sound)

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Klikkað band.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Wreszcie kobieta na tej liście :D Jest moodzik. Ale generalnie brzmi bardzo dobrze, gitarowe segmenty są fajnie zrobione. Album jest stabilnie dobry. Spellbound i Arabian Knights to zdecydowane highlighty. Niby punk, ale faktycznie ma taki goth vibe, choć się podobno od tego odcinają - nie mi oceniać, czy słusznie. Może byłoby to 3.5, ale 3 to za mało w obliczu poprzednich moich ocen

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Bardzo przyjemny album, styl kojarzy mi się z muzyką Maanamu.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

I really enjoyed listening to this album. In my opinion it's very consistent - I can't find a bad song on this one. Siouxsie And The Banshees developed a unique style unlike any other band of the time I know. I feel "Juju" was an inspiration for many later post-punk bands. Love the mesmerizing vocals, dirty tones and the drum work, especially in the first song, "Spellbound". Will definitely return to this album in the future. Highlight: "Arabian Knights"

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

siouxise is such. a vocalist yaes queun slay (´∩。• ᵕ •。∩`) (♡ω♡ ) ~♪😍😍😍

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Enjoyed this quite a bit. Sin in My Heart is so good

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Dated in all the best ways - heavy but not overpowering use of flanger, grungy lo-fi production that sounds like it was done on a dive bar's DI, drawn-out vocals that carry from one verse into another. The intersection of post-punk and 80s glam and it sounds damn good.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Dark, frantic, vibrant. Vocally very interesting. Very "cool". Driving music. I'd say the only downside is that it sounds a little hollow, needs more bass. Drums are great though. Favorite tracks: "Spellbound", "Halloween"

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

I wished for a time machine to take me back to an 80's goth club, but this album will have to do.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Pih! Wha....

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Jangly, spooky post-punk. A successful fusion of different musical elements into one cohesive sound

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

Rockin!!

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Thu May 05 2022
4

You call this Goth do you Siouxsie? Not even close. Get back to me when you have successfully invaded and sacked Rome then we'll talk.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

pretty sure naboo in the mighty boosh talks about bad juju. This was surprisingly meaty. goff is usually a bit flimsy.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Enjoyed it, although some tracks had the peculiar problem of a ripping bass line and a great rhythm, but let down by the melody. Four.

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Mon May 09 2022
4

A classic Post-punk/Goth album. The vibe in this one is quite unmatched and is always a pleasure to return to.

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Well, that was incredible. I knew other Siouxsie albums and really liked them, but I had never really heard this one before. This has to be her best album, great goth/post-punk with menacing riffs and of course haunting vocals. This one goes in my wantlist.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

I think the punk and post-punk of the late 70s and early 80s has been my favorite part of exploring the 1001, because I've discovered some great stuff I didn't know before. And some less than great stuff, but even those were certainly interesting. With still more to come as we continue the journey. Of that period and genre, I think I like Siouxsie and the Banshees the best. It feels very unique, but not too odd or alienating. It sounds like they may have gone through some stylistic evolutions during their career, but "Juju" is terrific. I love the sharp, piercing guitar work and the understated percussion, and while it took me a few songs to get into Siouxsie's voice, I wound up liking it on most songs. It's too bad they left the punk behind and seem to have become a pretty typical 80s band, with a few decent songs and maybe more than a few annoying ones. I'll put some tracks from "Juju" in regular rotation though.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Fun fact that S&TB included Sid Vicious, Robert Smith and Slits drummer Budgie in their lineup over the years. Never listened to Siouxsie and the Banshees and now I know why. I didn't have the patience for Siouxsie's voice. The self-aggrandizing dramatic crooning always bugs me... Today however, I was able to push through it, mainly because I couldn't reach the 'skip' button on my phone. I'm glad I did. The first listen was okay, but over the course of the second I was able to appreciate and even enjoy her voice. Let me be clear, the music underneath is wiry, uniquely drone-y and catchy at the same time. Love the less-than-perfect and dirty production of this album. Will def. listen to this more.

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Sat May 21 2022
4

Cada vez mais necessário escutar pela combinação do instrumental e vocal.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

4.25

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Gros coup de coeur sur cet album. La face A est excellente d'un bout à l'autre. La face B moins accrocheuse reste intéressante dans ses arrangements. Ce n'est pas les meilleurs musiciens, mais sur cet album, ils arrivent tout de même à livrer de bonnes idées sans que la performance n'affecte négativement la pièce et la voix de Siouxsie est plus juste que sur l'album The Scream. Le riff à 2:00 dans Arabian Knights aurait pu être entendu sur un album alternatif des années 90 et Monitor est loin de sonner comme une pièce d'un album sortie en 1981. Je dois me procurer cet album. Pièces préférées: Monitor, Arabian Knights, Spellbound

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Sat Jul 02 2022
4

very good

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

A fantastic album very nearly a 5

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Cranberries + B-52s vibes! Fun "wailing" rock album

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Classic Wave album, really enjoyed it, made me play Cocteau Twins, Hula and other dark music again.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Nikad favoriti ali super solidni singlovi

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Chyba jeden z najlepszych kombekow listowych do tej pory, bo Siouxsie i jej bansze pamietam dobrze, a byl to jeden z pierwszych albumow przesluchanych na liscie, bylo to az tak straszliwe wycie, na jakze trafnie nazwanym krazku scream, natomiast Juju ktory jest czwartym studyjnym albumem zespolu z 81, pokazuje go w duzo lepszym swietle, nadal jest to granie oparte o gitarowym instrumentalu, sklad bandy zmienil sie w polowie, gitare trzyma w lapie John McGeoch, a trzyma ja na tyle umiejetnie, ze sa momenty ktore trzeba przesluchac wiecej niz jeden raz zeby rozczaic sie co tam bylo zrobione, natomiast za drumy odpowiedzialny jest artysta o pseudonimie Budgie, na basie jak na poprzednim krazku Steven Severin, no i na wokalu pani Siouxsie u ktorej slychac niesamowity progres wokalno liryczny, bo dawno nie slyszalem tak dobrego polaczenia mrocznej i wiejacej tajemnicza groza liryki z hipnotycznym wokalem, a nie juz samym wyciem, choc zdarzaja sie takie momenty rowniez na tym krazku, jesli do tego dodac chemie ktora czuc z grania calej bandy dostaje czlowiek cos naprawde unikalnego, wiki klasyfikuje krazek jako post punkowy material, ale rownie dobrze pasuje tutaj okreslenie gotikowego rokowania, bo pasuje to calkiem niezle, bo gdy mysle o gotiku to wlasnie takie motywy uwodzacego mroku i mrazacych krew w zylach makabr opowiadanych przez chartzmatyczna persone sa jak najbardziej na miejscu, kolejnym waznym, a moze najwazniejszym punktem rozniacych oba te picki jest przepasc jaka slychac na produkcji, o ile scream brzmial doslownie jak krzyk z dna basenu na co wskazywala okladka, tak juju na calych 41 minutach posiada jakosciowe i pelne miesa brzmienie, zarowno jesli chodzi o scene instrumentalna jak i wokale na niej osadzone, bo jest to jeden z tych albumow gdzie instrumenty maja robic miejsce do popisu wokalnego gwiazdy zespolu, na tych 41 minutach zmiescilo sie 9 trakow, na plejke dodam openingowego spellbound, ktory zaklina sluchacza na kolejne 41 minut oraz halloweenowy song, moze dlatego, ze pasuje idealnie do piloczlowieka i pewnie bede go slyszal jesli zdarzy sie znowu czytac o kosmicznym diable, teraz juz sam nie wiem czy w przeciagu 500 albumow tak bardzo zmienil mi sie gust, czy naprawde zespol brzmi az o tyle lepiej niz ostatnim razem

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Pretty good alternative gothic vibe. Some great songs, but some fade into the background.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

Classic

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

I actually just listened to this album earlier this past week from a "top post punk albums" list. Spellbound is the most obvious song on this album that I added, but listening again now. I prefer the more new-wave sound vs post punk. "Into The Light" has some killer guitar licks that I must have just glossed over last time I listened. Still like the more new wave style of this era.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Some nice, sorta goth, post punk alt rock with female vocals. There was cool dark energy on some of the songs. I liked it more than I expected to. I thought it was just as good or even better than similar contemporary albums, like The Cure’s Pornography.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Muy ochentero. Me gusta.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Like it. 80s punk with a female vocalist. What more you want

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Iconic band, post punk progressive rock.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Post punk gothic rock

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

The guitar work really makes this album. Reminiscent of the guitarists Bowie had in this era

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I wasn't familiar with Siouxsie and the Banshees at all. This album took me by surprise, enjoyed it very much. Despite not being familiar with it, I couldn't shake that feeling of early 80s nostalgia, the guitars are so otherworldly, feels like you're taking a peak behind the dark curtain, and disliking how the shadowy machinery of that neoliberal Cold War world really worked.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Like this, feel it's missing just that little "something". What a pointless review. 3.7

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

Loved the sound

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Wel prima, luistert lekker

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Surprisingly more in-depth then I was expecting. I knew the name but had another idea of what they sounded like. Dark breading and even angry. A mix of clash, blondie, pretenders,depeche mode

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

I really enjoyed this record. I had never heard of them prior to this, and I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The vocals and guitars were phenomenal and the who record really flows so well. I was really pleased with almost all the songs and I can see why many praise it as a staple of punk music. Favorite Track: Halloween, Spellbound Least Favorite Track: Voodoo Dolly

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

dance and chill

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Quintessential goth rock: perfect for the coming All Hallows' Eve. I have a lot of respect for drummer Budgie, who brings a lot of power to this album with intense beats that the rest of the band ride off of. That's not to discredit the other band members, as their contributions make the whole greater than the sum of it's parts. I particularly love John McGeoch's guitar tone on Monitor. And I would be remiss not to mention Siouxie Sioux's iconic vocals, which is the true core of the band's personality. Every aspect of this album is excellent. It's a wonderful post-punk sound mixed with horror aesthetics that bring Juju to life. Worth listening to every second.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Their gothest and heaviest album - which is saying something. The perfect balance of pop-rush (Arabian Knights, Spellbound) Banshees and heavy grinders (Monitor and the quite awesome Nightshift which contains one of the best silences on any record). A very slight loss of focus at the end so four. Probably four and a half if halves existed. John McGeoch - the best guitarist that punk/new wave produced - at his absolute peak.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Ikkje så megafan av Siouxsie og gjengen, men Spellbound e jævlig bra

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

minne om vgs

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

molto bello, un po' troppo omogenee le canzoni. Grandissima cantante.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

bello, nel mio genere, atmosfera originale

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Ok

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

I like it. The vocals are nice and fit well over the instrumentals. 7/10

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

Great unconventional gloomy post-punk from Siouxsie and her Banshees. Everything on the record is drenching with hopelessness perfectly captured by John McGeoch's theatrical guitar-playing. Even when the guitar is mixed all the way in the background, you can hear him giving it his all. 'Spellbound', 'Halloween' and 'Voodoo Dolly' are highlights.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

i really liked this but not enough for 5 sorry

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Slay

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Love me some Siouxsie and the Banshees.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Seconds in, I could tell this was my type of music. Spellbound is a great song Into the light: guitar reminds me of the Police. another great song

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

I kind of liked it, though I probably won't revisit. Siouxsie is obv an icon though

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

The opening of Into the Light is so fucking cool. Basically how I feel about this whole album: just so many cool musical ideas and treatments. Kind of a haunted record, almost theatrical in execution. Like Kate Bush meets The Cure. Really enjoyed this listen.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
4

Jag gillar Into The Light och Sin In My Heart. Användandet av rombs istället för symbolerna ger det en ”gothic”känsla

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Interesting album lol

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Thu Dec 17 2020
3

Started good but lost itself half way through.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Enjoyed this...

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Decent. Didn't love it and didn't hate it. Definitely sounds like 80s alt rock/punk.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Solid album

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Post punk on the way to new wave. Not bad!

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Sat May 29 2021
3

Meh

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

Gefällt mir. Bekannter Song: Arabian Knights

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

It was fine. I liked their sound, but it was not anything too memorable.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Enjoyed it

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