Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Recently-Acquired Vinyl LP of the Day #10: Siouxsie and the Banshees 'Kaleidoscope'

It’s been good to be reunited with a vinyl copy of ‘Kaleidoscope’, always seeming as it does the preferred medium to experience, as originally & best, albums of its era (even if they were often transferred to cassette, and as often listened-to via that format, for the purposes of portability).

Always enjoyed, time has come to prove that it was the first of the sequence of three favourite Siouxsie albums, quite different in sound from the Banshees’ two previous LPs (due to a radical change in group personnel), as had been previewed with the ‘Happy House’ & ‘Christine’ singles that preceded the release of ‘Kaleidoscope’, including even songs that didn’t feature the guitars that had so defined, along with Siouxsie’s voice, the band’s sound up to that point.
With those singles, & particularly the quietly menacing ‘Tenant’, ‘Trophy’, ‘Hybrid’, the synthesized ‘Red Light’, the swooning ‘Desert Kisses’ & searing ‘Skin’, it’s an enduringly wonderful collection, of course an absolutely essential purchase & addition to the still relatively small but increasingly perfectly-formed collection.

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