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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OPW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It represents Siouxsie & The Banshees at their absolute best.
Jayman
It's really a very chilling song and once you understand what the song is about it can sound quite disturbing, but that's what good music does, it makes you feel.
Oomingmak
If you like what you hear, then start buying the rest of the albums and seek this one out right away.
Matthew Heilman

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. Wood on September 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I am not a vampire or any other permutation of g-g-goth. But I have always really respected Siouxsie since the early 80's (okay, I'm also pretty old), ever since I first picked up The Scream, which is another great album.
Tinderbox is a genre-bending piece of work, and like too many such works, will probably go unrecognized as such by... those who "recognize" this kind of thing. Sure, if you like spooky content, it's all there: death, deals with death, unconditional death, and worse-than-death represent in force. But what makes me check in with this disc again and again -- and it has been a regular, unpredictable guest in my playlist since 1986 -- is that thing about certain albums/discs/recordings that haunt, tease and compel you to keep listening, or to throw it on in the background during those anti-social times when you need something unique to keep you on your toes.
What I can say is that this album has, pound for pound, some of the best and most original guitar-playing on it that I have heard; that the disc is incredibly consistent and sustains a black, silky mood from beginning to end; and yet it is because of the blackness that it is, in the end, so compelling and fulfilling. How much more black could this be? None. None more black (-Nigel Tufnel).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Siouxsie & The Banshees' most "listenably" album, TINDERBOX is filled with uncharacteristically melodic tunes. From "Candyman" to "Cities In Dust" the group seems to be at it's musical peak, creating a variety of beautiful melodies most impressively with "Cannons" and "Party's Fall." These tracks and the rest of the album has a sort of "larger than life" symphonic quality that had eluded them in the past.
Siouxsie Sioux's vocals are also at their all time best, and used to full effect. It's wonderful to actually hear her soft side and in certain moments on "Party's Fall" one can hear shades of a marvellously rich falsetto that she has never used so expertly.
The most inquisitive thing about this album is that although the melodies are light and often hummable, the thematic choices are very much dark and ominous. From the lava-burned victims of "Cities in Dust" to the terriyingly "hot" "92 Degrees"...the themes chosen by the band seem to disturb rather than uplift (but then again, this is a Gothic band, not The Go-Go's)and this contrast actually compliments, adding a depth to their work that was previously not there.
Most importantly, TINDERBOX has a clarity, precision and smoothness that had previously escaped the band and has ever since. A later album,SUPERSTITION had good moments, but was overall an uneven effort pushed ahead by a succesful single ("Kiss Them For Me"), and an earlier album, HYAENA suffered greatly from a sort of manic-depression, one moment they were burning a house down, the next they were swimming with horses.
TINDERBOX lies inbetween, and seems to reflect a stable, strong band that has a definite edge, but still knows how to create an entire album without floundering.
Overall their best work to date.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Haswell on January 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Siouxsie and the Banshees were easily among the most creative and flexible "alternative" acts to come out of Britain in the late 70s. Despite being strapped with the rather prosaic label of being "Goth," the band repeatedly reinvented their sound and style. After all, what other bands created such disparate sounding albums as Kaleidoscope, Juju and A Kiss in the Dreamhouse in quick succession without compromising an inch of their artistic integrity? While their career was not without its highs and lows, the spirit of the band remained solid throughout, and Tinderbox showcases what is probably the band at its tightest and most invigorated.
While Hyaena suffered from overproduction and unevenness, and Kiss in the Dreamhouse had a tendency to be a little too varied, Tinderbox has the band just getting down and playing. John Valentine Carruthers (side note: why were nearly all of their guitarists named John/Jon?) carries on that spidery, ethereal style typical of his predecessors, with just enough of a jagged roughness to imbue the music with that Banshees edge. Budgie's drumwork is top-notch, and the rhythm section holds a consistent, powerful base for the melodies and strains dancing within the music. And Siouxsie - her voice much improved from the occasional off-key ramblings early in the band's career - carries on throughout the songs with appropriate vivacity and/or urgency.
There really isn't a weak moment here. "Candyman" gets the album off to an energetic start, before moving on into the softer and more atmospheric "The Sweetest Chill." "This Unrest" creeps in mysteriously, but then turns up the volume and rocks a lot harder (nice, harsh guitar tones in there too).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "jcmcm6" on May 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had only heard singles by Siouxsie when I bought this cd on a whim, and it's still hands-down one of my absolute favorite albums. It's consistent without becoming boring or repetitive, it really makes the album an experience as opposed to a collection of songs.
"Lands End" is a delicious tune, easy to just lay back and get lost in. "Umbrella" seethes and twitches in an understated way that makes it probably my favorite song on the cd. I have to say, though, I feel the album falters a bit during "Quarterdrawing" and "The Execution". They're certainly not out of place but I can't say I'd really miss them if they were gone.
That one gripe doesn't detract much at all from the overall presence of Tinderbox, so I have to give it a full 5 stars. This is prime Siouxsie material.
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