Nocturne [DVD] review by Siouxsie and the Banshees

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  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 9
  • Production Quality: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (1 vote)
Siouxsie and the Banshees: Nocturne [DVD]

Sound — 10
Originally released in 1983 "Nocturne" was remastered in 2006 and released on DVD. This captures Siouxsie And The Banshees at the height of their "goth" period. It also features Cure frontman Robert Smith on guitar. If you liked the albums "Juju", "Hyaena", and "A Kiss In The Dreamhouse" you will love this. It was filmed at Royal Albert Hall.

Content — 9
This is the perfect dvd for fans of Siouxsie And The Banshees. Not only does it feature the shows from the Royal Albert Hall, it also has the video for "Dear Prudence", television performances of the songs "Melt!" and "Painted Bird", and a strange television performance of the band doing a sort of Alice In Wonderland skit with performances of The Banshees and their side bands, The Creatures (Siouxsie Sioux and drummer Budgie) and The Glove (Robert Smith and bassist Steven Severin). But concert is the centerpiece. The set list is very cool. It opens with "Israel" which is played perfectly. Check out Smith's weird looking guitar! Very cool! And I love "Cascade", "Sin In My Heart", "Painted Bird", and "Nightshift".

Production Quality — 8
I would say you can tell the video quality is dated a bit even though it was remastered. But it was filmed in 1983 and remastered in 2006. They use some slow motion effects occasionally and some watery effects too but that is it. As far as their stage really just some standard lighting effects... Nothing out of the ordinary.

Overall Impression — 9
I also own their live DVD "Seven Year Itch" but I prefer this one. This is the band at their height of their goth/arty period. I am not knocking anything they made after this though. It is very interesting to see Robert Smith being a side man. The most impressive thing is seeing Siouxsie Sioux play the guitar. I didn't know she did that. Very cool to see her jam with the band during "Sin In My Heart". Least impressive thing? Her hairy armpits. Ewwww!!! I would so buy this DVD again if it were lost or stolen.

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