Kaleidoscope

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All Music Guide - David Cleary
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Cleary
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1992
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642404829
  • Catalog Number: 24048
  • Sales rank: 44,413

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happy House (3:53)
  2. 2 Tenant (3:41)
  3. 3 Trophy (3:16)
  4. 4 Hybrid (5:32)
  5. 5 Clockface (1:53)
  6. 6 Lunar Camel (3:01)
  7. 7 Christine (2:59)
  8. 8 Desert Kisses (4:15)
  9. 9 Red Light (3:22)
  10. 10 Paradise Place (4:34)
  11. 11 Skin (3:51)
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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, Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost a Classic!

    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!

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