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Kaleidoscope
     

Kaleidoscope

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by Siouxsie and the Banshees
 

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After Join Hands, guitarist John McKay and drummer Kenny Morris departed the Banshees, leaving the band at a crossroads. Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin elected to soldier on with ex-Slits drummer Budgie and two guitarists,

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After Join Hands, guitarist John McKay and drummer Kenny Morris departed the Banshees, leaving the band at a crossroads. Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin elected to soldier on with ex-Slits drummer Budgie and two guitarists, ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones and John McGeoch of Magazine as guest Banshees. Despite the personnel upheaval, the result is a surprisingly strong record: Kaleidoscope. While a number of the songs here are still dark-hued and feature bleak lyrics, they are made very palatable by extraordinarily imaginative production values featuring intricate synthesizer-flecked arrangements; psychedelic touches in "Christine," spaceship synthesizer swoops in "Tenant," and rhythmic camera clicks in "Red Light" all enliven their respective songs. Sound quality here is lighter and much clearer than on previous releases. Sioux's singing shows noticeable improvement here, still tuneless at times but also exhibiting more range and subtlety than previously. The song "Hybrid," a Joy Division-style number, shows her vocals running the gamut from primitive to inspired. Other highlights include the galloping, vibrant up-tempo number "Skin," the spooky and atmospheric "Lunar Camel," the medium-tempo rocker "Trophy," and the punky vocalise "Clockface." Kaleidoscope was a make-or-break album for Siouxsie and the Banshees, and happily the band came through strongly.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1992
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0720642404829
catalogNumber:
24048
Rank:
49195

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Siouxsie and the Banshees   Primary Artist
Steve Jones   Guitar
John McGeoch   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Saxophone,Sitar,12-string Guitar
Steven Severin   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Sitar,Vocals
Sirens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Siouxsie Sioux   Acoustic Guitar,Cymbals,Vocals,Melodica
Sevenin   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Vocals,Rhythm Box
Sioux   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Melodica,finger cymbals,Droma
Budgie   Bass,Harmonica,Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Nigel Gray   Producer
Rob O'Connor   Art Direction
Siouxsie and the Banshees   Producer
Siouxsie Sioux   Producer
Sioux   Sound Effects

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin thumbed thier noses at the other 1/2 of the Banshees in 1980 to put forth this gem. Hinting on dark New Wave and Post Punk, you hear the duo experiment with synthesizers, wierd exotic instruments (a la Beatles) and a couple of awsome guitarists + future permanent Banshee Budgie on drums. This album rings hollow with some, but for others the artistic genre they display prooves they are not just some punk band with no future. This is the Banshees on the verge of greatness!