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.Wikipedia
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
Takes me back to the days of too much eyeliner and teen angst.
I adore Siouxsie’s voice and the anxious, haunting atmosphere. An essential punk album
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A haunting goth odyssey. Loved it from start to finish
Messy, exciting, passionate
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.
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.
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).
Reminds me of The Pixies I think? Not bad for just a little offbeat uptempo rock.
gothy autumnal post punk. sounds like they're conjuring a spell. fav track: arabian knights
this was very strong. wanna be friends with Siouxsie. really enjoyed :)
Very enjoyable. Her voice is captivating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Really enjoyed this album!
I really enjoyed this record. Reminisces of some newer punk
Qué pinche discotote.
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
This somehow influenced city of caterpillar and ghost. Love this 5/5
Love the punk goth vibes and the creativity truly the kinda album I live for
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
Готический рок и пост-панк. Это просто легенды 9/10
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*
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.
Like the crosspoint between early Cure and early U2 and extremely my shit. Can’t believe I hadn’t listened to this sooner.
This album was so good I hit my thumb with a hammer at least 4 times and didn’t even care
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.
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)
Nunca escucho lo suficiente a ellos, aunque siempre me gustan cuando los oigo. 10/10
This album rocks! I love the Halloween aesthetic about the whole thing. Plus the vocals, being female, make it sound pretty badass.
Dark and gothic, but also driving and catchy. A clear inspiration for some of my favourite artists, with great singles to boot.
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.
03/27/2022 Hell yeah. Gets a little spooky as the album progresses. Def puts a spell on the listener.
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.
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.
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"
Goths ruined the ozone layer with their hairspray
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.
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.
This is cracking. A real taste of my adolescence - Goth 101. Great tunes, great atmosphere.
I loved this....so moody and goth. While listening, I heard a lot of Willow Smith, I wonder if she is influenced by Siouxsie
Fantastic, every song a highlight
So far ahead of its time that I don't think its time has come yet.
Sooo insanely good
Пост панк и пост панк
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.
Perfectly dark and chaotic, no skips.
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!)
Guitar by McGeoch out of this world. What a fantastic album. Siouxsie really finds her voice on this one.
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.
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.
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.
BITCH, taking me back to my early 20’s
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!
Dark brooding and frankly a little scary. But recommended
Just about the perfect post-punk album. Should also appeal to fans of punk, new wave, and of course goth rock.
Solid album, not my taste per se, but good music
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.
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
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”
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.
But now remember... Nobody is perfect and you will see...
the exact kind of doomer vibes I can get on board with
Went down a treat in our houses. Considered a 5. Arabian Knights and Sin in my Heart were bloody bangers.
This album surprised me. I only really knew Spellbound before listening to it, but really enjoyed the other tracks too.
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!
Another glaring omission. Not what I expected at all.
This was great! So much better than I expected. A bit too long and the remixes are terrible, but really good.
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.
To lazy to rewrite- I forgot to copy and paste my review Arabian Knights, Monitor, Night Shift
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.
“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.
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.
Punky and nice Simple yet intriguing
Good punk album. Melodies flow nicely and the voice comes in over top.
- really like the sound; electronic, post-punk - a little dirge-ish in places but overall fun - Feels out-there for it's time. progressive
juju on the beat
The girl power of the 80's is strong. Wonderful experience.
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.
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.
Auch nie gehört. Lücke. Wenn ich 'post-punk' lese, rechne ich instinktiv mit dem Schlimmsten, manchmal zu unrecht. Wie hier.
Suxie Sux ( xD its a reference) 4/5 very good
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.
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.
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."
I really like this, it has hat crisp post punk sound with a sinister edge.
Great rock album that was ahead of its time and is thoroughly entertaining
Super cool sound. 8/10
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.
7/10 nice goth rock , Halloween is funny
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!
I came into this with some skepticism, but dammit if this wasn't haunting in all the right ways. Best track: Night Shift
I can see why all the hype. Excellent.
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
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.
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!
Post-punk genius. Worth the listen for the first half alone. John McGeoch’s guitar playing is another highlight.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Great album - really inventive & unusual sounds.
Fun throwback sound. Really enjoyed this album. Plus one point for a cool band name
4,5 stars; high quality music, felt a bit too long in the middle
4.5/5. Quite great. Siouxsie good
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.
great post punk album with its own unique (somewhat hysterical sound)
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
Bardzo przyjemny album, styl kojarzy mi się z muzyką Maanamu.
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"
siouxise is such. a vocalist yaes queun slay (´∩｡• ᵕ •｡∩`) (♡ω♡ ) ~♪😍😍😍
Enjoyed this quite a bit. Sin in My Heart is so good
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.
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"
I wished for a time machine to take me back to an 80's goth club, but this album will have to do.
Jangly, spooky post-punk. A successful fusion of different musical elements into one cohesive sound
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.
pretty sure naboo in the mighty boosh talks about bad juju. This was surprisingly meaty. goff is usually a bit flimsy.
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.
A classic Post-punk/Goth album. The vibe in this one is quite unmatched and is always a pleasure to return to.
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.
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.
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.
Cada vez mais necessário escutar pela combinação do instrumental e vocal.
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
A fantastic album very nearly a 5
Cranberries + B-52s vibes! Fun "wailing" rock album
Classic Wave album, really enjoyed it, made me play Cocteau Twins, Hula and other dark music again.
Nikad favoriti ali super solidni singlovi
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
Pretty good alternative gothic vibe. Some great songs, but some fade into the background.
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.
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.
Muy ochentero. Me gusta.
Like it. 80s punk with a female vocalist. What more you want
Iconic band, post punk progressive rock.
Post punk gothic rock
The guitar work really makes this album. Reminiscent of the guitarists Bowie had in this era
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.
Like this, feel it's missing just that little "something". What a pointless review. 3.7
Loved the sound
Wel prima, luistert lekker
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
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
dance and chill
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.
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.
Ikkje så megafan av Siouxsie og gjengen, men Spellbound e jævlig bra
minne om vgs
molto bello, un po' troppo omogenee le canzoni. Grandissima cantante.
bello, nel mio genere, atmosfera originale
I like it. The vocals are nice and fit well over the instrumentals. 7/10
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.
i really liked this but not enough for 5 sorry
Love me some Siouxsie and the Banshees.
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
I kind of liked it, though I probably won't revisit. Siouxsie is obv an icon though
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.
Jag gillar Into The Light och Sin In My Heart. Användandet av rombs istället för symbolerna ger det en ”gothic”känsla
Interesting album lol
Started good but lost itself half way through.
Decent. Didn't love it and didn't hate it. Definitely sounds like 80s alt rock/punk.
Post punk on the way to new wave. Not bad!
Gefällt mir. Bekannter Song: Arabian Knights
It was fine. I liked their sound, but it was not anything too memorable.