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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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Demos? Really?

Where Steve Severin and Robert Smith ever found vocalist Jeanette Landray for the original version of Blue Sunshine I'll never know, but thankfully her nondescript wavering is absent from this release. Regardless, as a long time fan with a very well trained Cure ear, I honestly believe that this is NOT Robert Smith circa 1983. I am almost certain he has resung over these tracks recently, which I find very deceptive, especially since it's really the hardcore fans who are being sold this re-released package. Shame on you Robert Smith!


I have always wondered if demos existed. Hearing "Punish Me With Kisses" and "Orgy" sung by Mr. Smith gives an insightfull context that was missing. The demos raw four track sound adds a textural ambience that takes us deeper into the rabbit hole. I am so glad this was released. As an old Cure fan this stuff is legend and the long wait was well worth it.


This is good and bad. The re-releases, which are obviously recent vocals of Robert Smith to the trained ear, should have been the originals. Why didn't Robert Smith sing the songs in the first place??? As a very long time fan (of The Cure and S and B), I feel taken advantage of.


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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