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Album Review

Tinderbox is the most musically uptempo of all Siouxsie and the Banshees' albums and the most stylistically consistent one since The Scream and Join Hands. Most of the selections here feature urgently rocking drumming, drivingly aggressive yet fully textured guitar playing, and masterful, gutsy singing. The songs here are intense and unfold slowly, some starting off less vigorously but becoming hard rockers further along. There is of course a fine line between consistency and lack of contrast, but this album stays firmly on the side of the former; in fact, there's a certain satisfying feel to the musically uniform wall of sound here. The arrangements are less complex than in immediately preceding albums, but there are still plenty of subtle, effective production touches to be found throughout, most notably in the song "Cannons." "Cities in the Dust," a dance-pop number with a bell-like synthesizer opening section, stretches the above-mentioned boundaries the most, though typically bleak lyrics keep this selection from any sense of vacuity. This excellent release is well worth purchasing. [The 2009 Polydor UK edition added four bonus tracks including the 12" mixes of "The Sweetest Chill" and "&Cities in Dust" as well as a demo version of "Starcrossed".]

Customer Reviews

Excellent music and bonus tracks, but the orig cd bad better sound...

Unless you're not concerned with "audiophile" sound, this is a great version of this cd. The bonus tracks here are worthwhile, and not on the earlier, original (much smoother and dynamic sounding) cd, which includes the tracks: The Quarterdrawing Of The Dog, An Execution, Lullaby, Umbrella, and Cities In Dust (Extended Version).

Four of those are not available here, oddly. The original cd is also available on iTunes, if you want to purchase those tracks.

Nevertheless, this is still worthwhile. The first Siouxsie album that really had fantastic sound quality. Leaps and bounds beyond Hyaena (which is also a great album.)

Classic Banshees Album

This album was great the first time on LP. Made even sweeter on CD with all the b-sides. Maybe you got the b-sides again on the box set, but having this expanded version is a treat and should be appreciated by more than just die-hard Banshee fans. The songs are all accomplished and refined but still have that classic Banshee sound that winks back to JuJu, and Siouxsie's vocasl are at her best. 'Song from the Edge of The World' is a bit indulgent but we needed this album remastered. Please enjoy.

Sharpening the Blades of Murderous Delight...

Finally, a Banshees remaster worth getting! Previous remasters promised extra bonus tracks but mostly only offered demo versions of album tracks or alternate versions that varied from mildly interesting to disappointing. At last Tinderbox delivers with the bonus track "Starcrossed Lovers", an excellent song from the Tinderbox period. I wonder if this track might have been intended as a b-side to a possible Sweetest Chill single. Siouxsie clearly is enjoying singing the delightlfully wicked lyrics. The Chris Kimsey 12" remix of "Sweetest Chill" is surprisingly good. The JVC version of "Song From the Edge of the World" makes you wonder what would have happened if John Valentine Carruthers had continued playing guitar for the band beyond Through the Looking Glass. As for the remastered tracks, I think this time around, the audio quality has improved. It's too bad the b-sides for "Candyman" and "Cities in Dust" are not included as they were on the original CD release, but that's what Downside Up must be for.


Formed: 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Siouxsie and the Banshees were among the longest-lived and most successful acts to emerge from the London punk community; over the course of a career that lasted two decades, they evolved from an abrasive, primitive art punk band into a stylish, sophisticated unit that even notched a left-field Top 40 hit. Throughout its numerous lineup changes and textural shifts, the group remained under the leadership of vocalist Siouxsie Sioux, born Susan Dallion on May 27, 1958. She and the Banshees' initial...
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