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Rapture [Import]

Siouxsie & The BansheesAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic and Enchanting 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 Siouxsie as a singer (instead of a howler or screamer) but for me her career followed a logical progression from the harsh, uncompromising
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call me silly August 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
...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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The swan song of the Banshees August 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended to anyone interested in beauty
OK..haven't received the vinyl yet, but from listening to this on MP3 format, I must say that it is absolutely delicious!! Read more
Published 4 days ago by Rob Mungia
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Adding To Your Collection
In some respects, this is not the strongest studio album by Siouxsie and the Banshees; but, "the Rapture" still contains some enjoyable tracks. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian Hass
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the onliewswt top Rapture
nirvana zendra...with Blondie's Rapture and Anita Baker (caught up in the Rapture of love) Rapture's one of my best hypnotically soot6hinbg puts... I cherish the tunes... Read more
Published 15 months ago by blueberrybanshee6014
5.0 out of 5 stars Great albums and great show
I got a chance to attend the show and meet Siouxsie Sioux . She was over whelmed by the enthusiasm of the crowd after the show. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Erick
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Euphoric As The Title Suggests
"The Rapture" is the last album by Siouxsie and the Banshees, released seventeen years after their debut. Read more
Published on October 11, 2012 by Ranakabuto
5.0 out of 5 stars this was an epic swansong album
The last album that Siouxsie and the Banshees put out is like I said: simply epic. They are incredibly inventive, intense, and creative here. Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by Shelley D. Bowen
3.0 out of 5 stars The swan song
The Rapture was Siouxsie And The Banshees final studio album before they split up. It is evident in this recording that they band had grown apart and were pretty much just going... Read more
Published on May 12, 2011 by NateMonroe
2.0 out of 5 stars This was an OK CD....
Nothing can top (for me) the "Superstition" CD. This CD is OK, but (for me) doesn't have the magic that SATB's previous album did. Read more
Published on November 16, 2010 by TJAMES03
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful return to form, and fitting farewell...
The Rapture was the Banshees' return to form, after going a bit mainstream with Peepshow and a bit glossy with Superstition. Read more
Published on July 14, 2010 by Scott Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be my fave Banshees album
Sure the Banshees changed over time. They certainly did more happy stuff towards the end (well, the music at least...the lyrics might not be so happy). Read more
Published on July 5, 2010 by New Boy
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