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To be sure, Mantaray is stunning--and not just because of the shift in genre (read: gloomers looking for the next goth anthem should look elsewhere). True, the jazzy, torchy, glam-tinged tone of Mantaray is unexpected and unexpectedly a perfect niche for Siouxsie, but it is the dual mood of the CD that should be noted. On the surface, the track names express an urgency, an impending and inevitable transformation, which knowing Siouxsie's recent parting with her longtime partner and collaborator, Budgie, obviously speaks to her own feelings of rebirth, perseverance and expressive adaptation. But listen closely to the lyrics and you hear aches from deception, insincerity, cruelty and lies. Lyrically, there has never been such clarity and soul-exposing in Siouxsie's voice. By the time you get to the line from "Heaven and Alchemy" where Siouxsie poignantly croons "I'm in love with the idea of you," you get it.
Musically, this is a set of songs to immerse yourself in at higher volumes with little distraction. There is a full, confident and well-developed sense to the sound of Mantaray with more subtleties than we have heard since 1988's Peepshow. With each successive listen you'll note something in the mix overlooked before.
Lastly, there will be comments about Siouxsie's voice itself. Yes, in the last 30 years her voice has matured, deepened and taken on a dark smoky quality.Read more ›
When you delve into the enchanted world of Siouxsie's psyche via this remarkable album -- and you definitely must - do not think to yourself "Oh, she's just mimicking so and so's style." Make no mistake about it; the artists you think you recognize in her music have adopted the signature style of the one and only Ice Queen of Punk; not the other way around.
Releasing a long anticipated first solo album is a monster of a feat, especially with the albatross of expectations hovering over the infamously coiffed head of this veteran glam punk icon. Fortunately, Madame Sioux came armed and ready for battle.
Without the structure of a band for the first time, Siouxsie got busy with producers Charlie Jones (Goldfrapp) and Steve Evans (Robert Plant), and together they wove a tapestry of textures that is pure magick.
Clearly, living in the French countryside has enriched the palate of the punk goddess. Her defiant freedom of style, newly reinvented and entirely unhampered by the dictates of the status quo, mingles jazz (a la Shirley Bassey) and classic cabaret with industrial glam punk and a steady dose of the relentless, grinding feedback, percussive mayhem, and slash and burn guitars that Siouxsie is famous for.
Sinister, sexy and flirtatious on the surface, this album seethes and roils with raw, unadulterated honesty and bare-naked emotion.Read more ›
It's clear that much of this album is about her unfortunate break with Budgie. But it's not at all gloomy. There are several mellow songs, but for the most part, it's very upbeat with strong danceable beats and catchy riffs. Her voice is in top form and the mixing is intelligently done. Overall, it just sounds great. If you were more of a Banshees fan and less of a Creatures fan, you'll really like this album. (Personally, I liked both, but I'm excited to hear her working in a more rock vein now.) My favorites are "Loveless," "Sea of Tranquility," and "It's About to Happen." The one downside of the album? It feels short. At 10 tracks, it left me wanting more. But maybe that's a good thing.
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I love this album. The music is post-punk/goth-glam/new wave....electro-rock? Whatever you wanna call it....damm good CD for sure. Read morePublished 8 months ago by CRAZOTOLOGY
This album is as good anything the Banshees ever did. At 50 (when this was recorded) Siouxsie still remains one of the strongest female rock performers ever. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Randolph Dilda Carter
In 2007, Siouxsie Sioux finally released her first solo album. It really hit the ground running, starting with the first track ("Into a Swan"). Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Brian Hass
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already.
Even going back to when she was with the Banshees, her voice has... Read more
And not a bad idea . A higher emphasis on downtempo electronica , Mantaray proves that Siouxsie can still belt out some good tunes. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Michael 80
I always wondered what Siouxsie Sioux's most important role in the Banshees or in the Creatures was. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Shelley D. Bowen
Siouxsie's voice unfortunately shows the ravages of time, or perhaps smoking. She's always been such an innovative vocalist, using her voice as an instrument the way Lisa Gerrard... Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Baranabus
Released in 2007 after her divorce from Budgie, Siouxsie collaborated with a new group of songwriters and musicians for her first solo album. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by Chad Radford
This cd took a while to grow on me. Sure, there were some brilliant moments right from the start - About to Happen, Sea of Tranquility. Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Kodakwhore
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|Siouxsie's Mantaray is Brilliant!||
I am going to agree with the previous post. I absolutely love this LP/CD, and I truly (in the back of my mind) thought this would be somewhat of a disappointment or fail to bring Sioux to her level of usual artistic arenas, with her voice and musical surroundings, but was I totally wrong. She... Read More
Sep 28, 2007 by Alexander | See all 3 posts
|Anyone else recieve a artwork-free disc?||
yes, my disc is also blank (no artwork). Strange.
Oct 25, 2007 by WheelOnFire | See all 4 posts
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