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Album Review

This one-off collaboration between the Cure's Robert Smith and Siouxsie & the Banshees' Steven Severin resulted in an eccentric, and at times incompatible, mix of psychedelic sounds wrapped around alternative '80s pop. Writers Smith and Severin's more eccentric tendencies are as likely to evoke pictures of a carnival as a funereal march, but the backbone rests largely on tightly constructed tunes with occasional forays into the experimental. Jeanette Landray sings the majority of the tracks, while Smith takes the lead twice amongst a smattering of instrumentals. Standout tracks include the Middle Eastern-twinged "Orgy" and the more conventional "Mouth to Mouth." Smith's distinctive warbling on the first-class "Perfect Murder" takes the album directly into Cure territory, as do the instrumentals which could equally find a home on Seventeen Seconds. While musically diverse, the album's lyrics rarely stray from the dual themes of death and sex, furthering the gothic undertones so often heard in Smith and Severin's previous work. Blue Sunshine's eclecticism makes this an interesting side note for long-time fans of the Cure and Siouxsie & the Banshees, but a somewhat more inaccessible listen for others.

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Strange but essential

Inaccessible? This is actually one of the finest albums of the 80s, and I'm glad I've redicovered it now. There was a time when the sheer amount of quality material being produced by the Cure and the Banshees (and the Creatures) was astonishing. The Glove's Blue Sunshine had me gripped from the first bars of "Like an Animal" - which was based on the story of one woman's descent into madness. She started throwing eggs from her tower block, and eventually threw a fridge from it (I think she she killed someone). And the album goes from there...with flashes of dark humour throughout. This album is like watching Tales of the Unexpected while tripping. Scary but enjoyable.

Biography

Formed: 1983

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Superstar side projects have always rattled around the music scene, one-off outings conceived for any reason you like -- to scratch a creative itch, to fulfill a personal vanity, or simply just to confuse and confound an audience that has been growing far too complacent. Occasionally, however, it works. The art rock underground still thrills to the memory of the nights that Nick Cave, Marc Almond, Lydia Lunch, and Foetus came together as the Immaculate Consumptives in 1983; and the gothic crowd still...
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