Mantaray - Siouxsie
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  • Summary: Siouxsie Sioux of the rock band Siouxsie & the Banshees and The Creatures releases her debut solo album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. An album filled with singles that should be instant hits.
  2. You could say the closing, piano-and-strings showcase 'Heaven and Alchemy' borrows from some of them. But as a whole. Mantaray proves it's much more the other way 'round.
  3. The commanding Siouxsie continues to be a force to be reckoned with, as she both bears and bares her personal pain on this album, bringing a bittersweet weariness and frank vulnerability to her song lyrics and vocals.
  4. 70
    Slight echoes of her past work seep through, but mostly she's casting a refreshing new spell. [Nov 2007, p.125]
  5. I have finally arrived at the conclusion that this record somehow actually works. Quite well in fact, so much so that by the time 'Here Comes The Day' reaches its glittering, Broadway-themed conclusion, one almost forgets whose name is on the front cover.
  6. It's been four long years since the Banshees' last live release. But now we have a CD of brand new material from the high priestess of punk herself. And she doesn't disappoint.
  7. While the successful execution of her solo pop record is admirable, and Mantaray stands favorably poised to be the next shining example of British “quality” pop music....Artists of their ilk are always more exciting and satisfying when they and their music are a bit freakish. [Fall 2007, p.81]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. alexanderh.
    Nov 5, 2007
    Powerful, haunting, Siouxsie is in top form. She is uncompromising, focused, and stronger than any other female in music today.
  2. JenS
    Oct 15, 2007
    Great mix of the Creatures and Siouxsie.. dynamic, layered, great lyrics. Very Very well done! My fav CD this year!
  3. cholets.
    Oct 30, 2007
  4. Jason
    Oct 7, 2007
    The Ice Queen Melts....sort of. Strident but triumphant...Siouxsie blasts back with the industrial stomp of "Into a Swan," chills to the bone with "Loveless," glammily slinks up on the dance floor in "About to Happen," and infuses heartfelt emotion into "Sea of Tranquility" and "If It Doesn't Kill You." The worst thing about the album is that it is far too short but when Siouxsie is at her best, and in _Mantaray_ she has recaptured that form, she leaves you wanting for more. Expand
  5. JonJ.
    Oct 15, 2007
    Yeah! Really great voice and material. Should make Karen O realize she will never be on Siouxsie's level no matter how many times she steals from her! Expand
  6. TimtopusC.
    Oct 8, 2007
    I don't understand this: the really great blurb but with the really lousy "60" score. How is it determined??? I mean, every single review is glowing! This album is incredible! Expand
  7. FrancisM.
    Oct 3, 2007
    Not as good as her best, but she's still charismatic.

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