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For someone of Siouxsie Sioux’s obvious starpower, she’s been surprisingly shy as a solo performer, releasing her debut solo disc over thirty years since her stage debut. Her once groundbreaking sounds as a pioneer of the gothic sound with the Banshees (and her later work with the Creatures) are now the pillars from which entire careers are made. Her singing influence can be heard if never quite imitated, as she’s never stuck to a single mannerism long enough to effectively parody. Mantaray, her 2007 solo debut, produced by Steve Evans and Charlie Jones, doesn’t stray far from her comfort zone, but it does keep her remaining edge sharp. “Into a Swan,” the first single and lead-off cut, charges with an industrial-glam motion that’s much harder and denser than those of her admirers. The album’s closer, “Heaven and Alchemy” serves as the perfect piano-based finale. In between, Siouxsie vamps (“Here Comes That Day,” “Sea of Tranquility”), rocks (“Loveless”) and gets delightfully weird (“Drone Zone”). Hopefully, it won’t be another thirty years before she finishes her next solo project.

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Siouxsie, you are the Grande Dame of the electro-centric punk soul new-age mantra. Heroin chic never looked or tasted so good. I am breaking off a piece of my soul and giving it to you in return for all the years you saved me from going to therapy.


As a fan for years, I was eagerly antisipating this solo release and, for the most part, it delivers. Into a Swan, I love. Great song, if perhaps a little too 90's industrial pop musically. Loveless is anything but and really should have been the next single. Her voice here is Siouxsie at her passionate best. The chugga chugga guitar is great. The musical arrangement is perfect. I just wish it was longer. Extended version please! If It Doesn't Kill You is another gem. Vocally, she sounds fantastic. One Mile Below is simple but works. Very Boomerang. Sea of Tranquility is a very interesting track. It sounds quite differant than the rest of the songs here and is very good, with its almost samba beat. It is however, begging for Siouxsie to hit those high notes with power like she used to be able to do. I guess that is my slight problem with songs like Here Comes That Day, Heaven and Alchemy, and in parts, even on They Follow You. She is not at her vocal best. At a couple of points, I cringe for her. While the songs are good (Follow You is GREAT), I am so enamored of her voice, that it is tough to hear some of those sour notes. Drone Zone is great high camp in the vein of Cocoon and Right Now. About to Happen is a fun Ziggy Stardust meets Fashion era Bowie style romp that could be a single as well. Forgive me if I am being too critical. It is an awesome recording overall, but we know that she could have done, just a couple of things, a little better. Let's blame the producers!


Siouxsie said it best ... she's at her best when she's allowed to be spontaneous. Some people may be sad that the Banshees and The Creatures are behind her. But, Mantaray proves that the present is exciting and surprising. I can't wait to see what's next. "Heaven and Alchemy" is an amazing song. It really shows a new side to Siouxsie. It has an unusual Motown feel to it. "Drone Zone" could easily appear on one of Tim Burton's productions. I think people overlook her sense of humor. "Into A Swan" and "One Mile Below" are definite rockers. She's great when she's explosive. And, "Sea of Tranquility" has beautiful layered latin influences. The songs on Mantaray can easily stand among some of the best Banshees and Creatures tracks. Lets hope Siouxsie is prolific for another 30 years. Listen to this loudly and on your headphones. You won't be disappointed.

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