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Rapture Import

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Out of print in the U.S.! Final album from Siouxsie and her Banshees, originally released in 1995. Roughly half the album was produced by former Velvet Underground man and solo star John Cale. 12 tracks including 'Stargazer', 'The Lonely One', 'Falling Down' and more. Polydor.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. O Baby
  2. Tearing Apart
  3. Stargazer
  4. Fall From Grace
  5. Not Forgotten
  6. Sick Child
  7. The Lonely One
  8. Falling Down
  9. Forever
  10. The Rapture
  11. The Double Life
  12. Love Out Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MSI:UNIVERSAL/POLYGRAM
  • ASIN: B000024FEB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on December 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Velvet Underground legend John Cale produced five of these tracks while the band produced the rest on this 1995 album. We have Sioux as chanteuse so The Rapture isn't as firmly in the rock tradition as their earlier work. It's rather a progression from their 1991 album Superstition in its focus on creating moods and sonic textures. The opener O Baby is pure pop, a lilting, swaying track with a lovely tune, while Tearing Apart is rockier but in a dreamy sort of way.

With its killer hook, shimmering guitar work and appealing arrangement - especially the vocals - the melodic Stargazer is one of the highlights. I love the mid-tempo rocker Fall From Grace that sounds so distinctly Banshees yet somehow unique and innovative too. There are also the brooding slower numbers that impress, like Forever with its percussive texture and the tender Sick Child. The Lonely One is an atmospheric ballad with a lilting rhythm, appealing instrumentation & spooky whispered male backing vocals. Highly atmospheric too is Not Forgotten with its massed guitars.

Mournful and atmospheric, the title track is a searing lament. The tempo shifts halfway through, unleashing Sioux's voice to transform it into a rousing anthem before it slows down again. Fans of their earlier work may not appreciate
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...but i love this cd! I'm probably one of the only SATB fans of long ago who love this cd...It's poppy and at times such a departure from SATB of the past (late 70's early 80's) but it works (for me) I think O Baby is great...as is the rest of the disk (the only song is skip is Fall from Grace....too annoying for me to listen to for some reason) It is a lot better than the overproduced schlock of Superstition and it stands on it's own..unlike any other in the SATB collection, which is why i enjoy it so much and continue to enjoy this 10 year old overlooked gem! I dont have a SATB favorite ...to me they are all great (minus superstition, although a few great tracks on there as well)...There is only one siouxsie and we are blessed to have her here as well as in the creatures!
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Siouxsie & the Banshees - The Rapture (1995)

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It's too bad that there's probably a lot of people out there who tried to listen to this album but couldn't make it past the first 2 or 3 songs -many of these tracks are on par with just about anything from the S&B catalog.
Sadly, Siouxsie and the Banshees compromised their original vision (and alienated their old Goth fan base) with overt pop leanings toward the latter part of their career. Their apparent attempt to entice more radio airplay like they had with the sensuous "Kiss Them for Me," actually a great song, spawned dreadful consequences in other respects. However, most of THE RAPTURE is worthy Siouxsie, so its reception has been unfairly cold.

The breakdown:

"O Baby" - Overt, cloying pop. I usually skip this.

"Tearing Apart" - another pop song but it works well. I might listen to this depending on mood.

"Stargazer" - a single, definitely poppy. A good song, very upbeat, but I actually like the techno remixes better.

"Fall from Grace" - O.K. tune, but kinda drags and has the same pop sound as the previous songs.

"Not Forgotten" - here's where the album starts to get REALLY good. This song has tribal rhythms and an ominous tone. It's also a really creepy tale.

"Sick Child" - one of the best on the album, a song of twinkling wonderment, beautifully rendered.

"The Lonely One" is another great one, this time upbeat and relaxed with slide guitar and weird French vocal overdubs.

"Falling Down" - good song with steady tension.

"Forever" - this one is an absolute dream, like passing through time portals in slow motion.
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I read last year on their official website that Siouxsie and the Banshees were finally calling it quits after 20 years. They cited the " commercialization of punk " as their main reason ( hear that, Blink-182 fans?). Being somewhat old school myself, I could only nod my head. This is perhaps their sweetest album. I say that in a positive way. It seems to be one of their most commercial albums also. Whether this was intended or not, only the artists know. At first I was taken aback by this one, being somewhat disappointed. The Banshees, however, often fail to resemble themselves on their previous albums. "Rapture" is perhaps their most pop offering to date, yet it was not a carbon copy of the pop music of the early nineties. Sioux gave up screaming for crooning years ago. My recommendation for new Banshees fans: buy this one and work backwards. Few artists are as versatile and indestructable as Siouxsie and the Banshees. Prick up your ears, they're touring again!
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