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Twice Upon A Time - The Singles (82 - 92)
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2002
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I remember the first time I heard "Twice Upon a Time: The Singles" in my freshman year in college almost ten years ago. I absolutely loved the haunting vocals of Siouxsie Sioux. It had become one of my personal favorite albums of all time, not to mention most influential album ever. I was struggling to fit in at the school I was attending at the time and "Twice Upon a Time" was my personal saviour. I really could relate to the lyrics to "Fear (of the Unknown)" and "Face to Face". I absolutely adored "Cities in Dust" (which I still do to this day). I played "Cities in Dust' so much that I wore out that song on the cassette version of "Twice Upon a Time". I still love listening to Siouxsie wail on "This Whee's On Fire" and "The Passenger". I love Siouxsie's version of those two particular songs even more so than the original versions. The band's cover of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence" is great too. I think the only song I do not care for (and still do) is "Peek-A-Boo". I personally find the lyrics a bit silly and the beat of the music annoying. Overall I love the rest of this album. I now own the cd version so I don't have to worry about wearing it out so quickly. I definitely have to agree that this album is an essential album to own. It is a reminder why Siouxsie & The Banshees' music will always remain timeless unlike most acts today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2001
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I have to admit that I got in Siouxsie & the Banshees later that most people. I have been a new-wave and synth-pop freak for 15+ years. I am a die hard Cure fan and have been for many many years. I never got myself into listening to Siouxsie for some strange reason, but my X-girlfriend exposed me to them, and I have to say, WOW.........I had been missing out on some serious music and an stunning voice. This album was the perfect way to get me into the band. It has it all, maybe not their very early punk stuff but you can always get the "Once Upon a Time" album and have the best of that era. No female artist has Siouxsie's voice, NO ONE........Her voice sends chills down my spine from its mesmerizing beauty. She has the voice of an angel. Evey song is breath taking. Some of my favorates include "Dazzle", "Cities In Dust", "This Wheel's On Fire", "The Passenger", "Kiss Them For Me", "Fear (Of The Unknown)", and my all time favorate "Face To Face". From this album, I started buying all their others. Be aware, Siouxsie & the Banshees are very addictive.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 1999
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This CD sets fire to the 3 ring circus act that has become today's music industry. (With star performers such as Ricki Martin, N'SYNC & Britney Spears.) After listening to this album I get the impression that Siouxsie & The Banshees were not just in this to make a buck or get their faces on every major global publication. They created music because they were artist & expressed themselves beautifully. This kind of attitude should be celebrated & promoted by the industry today. Unfortunately today the only thing it takes to get a recording deal is a pretty face & a voice suitable for digital inhancement. It's a shame in order to find decent music to listen to you have to go back to the past. If any of you are like myself & in search of something totally original, unlike anything your hearing on the radio today & devastatingly gorgeous...buy this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2000
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This is absolutely the best compilation I have ever bought in my whole entire life. There are only 3 songs I'm not crazy about on this album. It's been a while since an album has drawn out as many emotions in me as this one has. The version of "Dear Prudence" is beautiful. Everytime I hear "Dazzle" & "Face To Face"(from Batman Returns), I get the feeling as if the air has been stolen from my lungs, which is not a feeling i get with many songs. If you like Siouxsie and the Banshees, this is a good investment in your music collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2002
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I remember getting this CD. I was mad at the music store for never having anything but Floodland by the Sisters of Mercy. I was walking away when this CD caught my eye. I had heard of Siouxsie & the Banshees from one of my friends, and thought I might give it a try, so I bought it.
If you're considering doing the same, do it! This is a awesome CD.
Really good.
Out of eighteen songs, there are only two I don't really like, and that's because I have overplayed them so much I'm sick of hearing them.
This, my dearies, is music. If you don't want to hear the pop played on the raido or the excuses for punk bands that are comming out, get this.
This is one of my favorite CD's; it's worth every penny.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2006
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Twice Upon A Time" is essentially greatest hits part 2. The band was truly interesting and provocative throughout this portion of their career, and I personally find earlier, pre-Juju SATB material so drab in comparison. Not to say the old stuff isn't good, but it's like sipping soda after eating candy. And the songs on this cd are as sweet as they come. Once upon a time is worthy for the Juju tracks, but Juju is a must have so why bother. Twice upon a time, every song will drive you senseless in fantasy, intrigue and pure pleasure. Especially songs like Face To face, Dazzle, and Swimming Horses....Inimitable.

Also, ignore the review below mine, as Spellbound is on the first collection, poor misguided git ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 1998
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A very hip and cool band, my first experience was in 88 with peek a boo. I thought it a bit childish but listened on. Then 9 yrs later in the 2nd hand store I stumble upon this collection. It may sound trite but this group was and in many way's still is post-modern. To make a long dull story duller, buy the damn cd, ok!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
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Released in 1992, this compilation continued the theme of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ previous such collection “Once Upon A Time” by calling itself “Twice Upon A Time”. Cute. Anyways, it collects the Banshees’ latter day singles (with four exceptions – more on that in a bit) in one place for your listening pleasure. As with the previous CD there are no duds in this collection. In fact, I actually prefer the single versions on here (like “The Killing Jar”) more than their album counterparts… well, except for “Fear (of the Unknown)” which is even more dance-y than the original “Superstition” version.

Anyways, as with the last compilation (the two really should be bought together) this album charts a massive growth and change of the Banshees as a music group – it’s amazing how far they expanded their sound in their time on this planet. The only caveat is that the band’s last singles, “Oh Baby” and “Stargazer” are omitted because, naturally, they didn’t exist back when “Twice Upon A Time” was originally released in 1992. Also, “Song From The Edge Of The World” wasn’t included because Siouxsie didn’t like the production on it (umm… okay…? Although including on here would have taken this Redbook CD to the absolute limit of its capacity seeing as how this disc is already *76 minutes* long). And finally, “The Last Beat Of My Heart” is a live version and not the single version… but the single version is the same as the version on “Peepshow” so that doesn’t bother me that much. So if you are a Siouxsie completest you’ll have to pick up their last album “The Rapture” (which you probably have in that case anyway) or another compilation (which is bound to be inferior to this one in every other respect)… or wait until they release a definitive and complete 2-disc singles collection (which probably ain’t ever gonna happen).

This is still essential anyway… and with well over an hour of music you get a lot of bang for your bucks. If you are into the Banshees you already have this, if you are getting into them than you are already seriously contemplating this and if you just like alternative rock you should still be partial to picking this up seeing as how it’s a great song collection by a great and underrated alternative rock band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2000
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While searching for new bands to listen to, I one night came across Siouxsie and the Banshees. After downloading a few songs, I realized that I had come across something incredible. I immediatly purchased this album, hoping it was as good as what I had previously heard. I was not disappointed. This album was incredible, and encouraged me to purchase a few of the other albums. Of all the songs, I'd have to say that "Cities in dust" is my personal favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2001
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I bought this album to listen to "popular" Siouxsie and the Banshees songs (Peek-A-Boo, Kiss them for me), but I found that these are actually the weakest songs on an album that masterfully blends orchestral string movements, electronica, and the dark moodiness of Goth music. Almost every song is worth listening to, and the album has quickly become one of my most listened to.
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