The Best Of review by Siouxsie and the Banshees

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  • Released: Nov 12, 2002
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (1 vote)
Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Best Of

Sound — 10
This is the Best of Siouxsie And The Banshees. It contains songs from almost all their album spanning a 20 year career. They even reformed to support this "best of" package. Musically, they are almost always referred to as "gothic" or "post punk". But towards the end of the band, they leaned heavily on the pop side of music.

Lyrics — 9
Lyrically, Siouxsie And The Banshees write weird, abstract songs. The arrangements are the same. Check out the guitar on "Israel" or "Arabian Knights" played by late, great John McGeoch. Or the rockin' guitar licks on "Cities In Dust" played by John Carruthers Valentine. Cure main man plays guitar for the wonderful cover of "Dear Prudence". The most up-beat song "Stargazer" is played by ex-Specimen Jon Klein. Great song! Siouxsie has a great voice. Just have a listen to "Face To Face" as the Banshees team up with Danny Elfman to produce a song for "Batman Returns". Great song (lame movie).

Overall Impression — 9
It is easy to compare Siouxsie And The Banshees to the likes of The Cure, Bauhaus, Magazine, Public Image Ltd, The Specimen, etc. Especially since The Banshees had some of those band former members! Most impressive songs for me are "Israel", "Face To Face", "Happy House", "Stargazer", "Arabian Knights", and "Dear Prudence". Really the whole is great. Even the song they made for this best of package, "Dizzy", is wonderful! Usually when a band reforms to make a song for a best of package it sucks. Some very cool cello playing guitarist Knox Chandler. For me, it lacks songs like "Dazzle" or "Swimming Horses". If it were stolen, I would totally buy it again. Whoever would steal, has good taste.

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