Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on February 20, 2008
Review by Craig Roseberry, BPM Magazine
30 years after exploding onto the British music scene with her seminal band, Siouxsie and the Banshees (and equally influential splinter group, the Creatures), the high priestess of post-punk and blistering alternapop — Siouxsie Sioux — finally drops her highly anticipated solo debut, Mantaray.
The illuminating set showcases the enduring legend in top form, delivering an intimate self portrait edged with the Banshees’ razor-sharp lyrics and glacial-pop fury and the Creatures’ multicultural textures and primal rhythms with searing electronic rock, flamboyant glam, freeform jazz and tender ballads. Buttressed by a cacophony of sonically adventurous tracks including the industrial-fuelled opener “Into A Swan,” “Loveless,” the Bond-inspired, big band romp “Here Comes That Day,” the cinematic “If It Doesn’t Kill You” and the rapturous “They Follow You, Mantaray is an intoxicating epiphany that will surely thrill long-time devotees and firmly implant the icon into the consciousness of a new generation of fans.