September 27, 2007

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Siouxsie, Mantaray
Decca Records, Oct. 2
First solo LP from Siouxsie Sioux, no Banshees or Creatures in the house. This is of course the woman who arguably made the most hay out of post-punk, this by building the goggle-eyed goth-queen mystique from the ground up. There’s an unsettling deja vu of leather-thong-era Cher in the way “Into a Swan” metal-izes the ghost of “Gun,” and “About to Happen” similarly sounds as though its guitar line was intended for demo use only. Not much to complain about in other places, though, certainly not in “Here Comes That Day”’s circus-jazz, Siouxsie’s voice wrapping itself in the untouchable torchiness that’s distinctly hers. The acidic “Loveless” catches Sioux enthralled by the shiny weapons of her descendants, decorating her bump and grind shtick with vocal distortion and a marimba to weird things up. If you’re looking for vampires, swirly fog and irrepressible Englishness, there’s a little, but it’s usually drowned out by the Flying V throwing its weight around” B-Eric W. Saeger