Sound — 8
Siouxsie And The Banshees experiment a lot on this release. And I guess due to that they considered this to be their best until "Peepshow". I actually think "Juju", "Hyaena", and "Tinderbox" are their best. "A Kiss In The Dreamhouse" is the last release to feature John McGeoch on guitar. They use a recorder on the song "Greeen Fingers", organ on "Painted Bird", harmonica on "Slowdive" as far as experimenting goes. The whole album has strange echoes throughout it.
Lyrics — 8
Siouxsie writes six of the tracks with bassist Steven Severin writing the other three. Like I said, they experimented heavily on this album. The strange beginning of "Painted Bird" is really awesome. "Cascade" sounds like a throwback from "Juju". It is sad that this is the last release to featured McGeoch. He really was the most artistically motivated guitar player in the Banshees history. While I said I prefer other releases by The Banshees, this is one that grows on me with every listen.
Overall Impression — 8
Looking back on it, this is probably their strangest album... And that says a lot! I would say "Painted Bird" and "Cascade" are hands down my favorite songs on this album. Not a big fan of the song "Cocoon". Should have been a b-side. If it were stolen I would buy it again since I love "Painted Bird" a lot.