it's already october? new releases for 10/2...siouxsie

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 1, 2007 11:12pm | Post a Comment
I can't really believe that it is already October! The great and fantastic Siouxsie Sioux has a new album out today. What a great way to start the month off right. Just saying her name out loud gets me all excited and nostalgic. I can't really imagine growing up without Siouxsie, Morrissey, and Robert Smith. It seriously scares me to think what would have happened to all of us without their music. Siouxsie really helped me become who I am today. She also influenced hundreds of artists and bands that followed her. She just turned 50 years old this year and she still is as relevant and talented today as the day she started. The new album is "Mantaray." It is actually her first solo album. The last Siouxsie & the Banshees album, "Rapture," was released over ten years ago in 1995. Siouxsie and Budgie have been performing as The Creatures for the last decade or so. The last Creatures album "Hai!" came out in 2003. She has since parted ways with Budgie and is now recording and performing as just Siouxsie.

The artwork for the new album is fantastic. And the songs are fantastic as well. This is not a Siouxsie & the Banshees album. But it is most definitely a Siouxsie album. Her deep recognizable voice is as powerful as ever. The album has been out for a couple weeks as an import. But her new label "Decca" is bringing us the album out domestically today. I am always worried when I listen to the new album of one of my favorite artists. Although, she really is just competing with herself. Nobody else can really compare to the brilliance of Siouxsie. But with such an amazing history and catalog of albums, it is really hard to put out a new album that can compare to her old ones. Her albums and songs with the Banshees are such a part of my musical upbringing and history that it really makes it even harder to compete with those memories. How do you put out an album that can even compare? Siouxsie has really done it. She has not tried to capture the brilliance of her albums with the Banshees. She also could have tried to create some super modern trendy album. But instead she creates something all her own. She has never been one to just simply fit into one simple genre. She may have helped to define what became goth music. But the Banshees were never simply a goth band. Her music has always been a combination of punk, glam, goth, new wave, experimental, electronica, world music, and art rock. The first single off the album is "Into A Swan." It is a fantastic little song with a great little video to go along with it. But there is so much else that is great on this album. I can't wait to hear these songs live when she performs them out on the next tour. I could not be more proud and excited that Siouxsie has not let us down. She is still very much the Siouxsie we all grew up with and fell in love with.

Also out today is the new album from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. The new album is called "100 Days, 100 Nights." She does not have much in common with the great Siouxsie Sioux other then being born at about the same time. But she is just as amazing. She was born in Augusta, Georgia. The city that brought us the great James Brown. However, it took Sharon Jones about 40 years to get recognized and respected. She worked a lot in the 60's and 70's as a back up singer and session musician. She never quite got the break she needed and ended up working for years as a prison guard. Although Siouxise found fame much earlier, I can also imagine Siouxsie as a pretty awesome security guard. About 10 years ago, in 1996, she released some songs with the Soul Providers. In 2001 she put out an album with her new band the Dap-Kings. This album was "Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings."  "Naturally" followed in 2005. The Dap-Kings also helped Amy Winehouse with her recent album "Back to Black." The great thing about these Sharon Jones albums is that they could have easily been released in the 60's. If you are just listening to them for the first time, you could easily mistake them for old reissued albums. They don't just sound like albums imitating the old soul and funk albums of the 60's and 70's. They actually sound like they were written and recorded back then. It really is amazing stuff. I have never seen her live but have heard amazing things about her live shows. This is one amazing lady. It just took her a little while to record the albums that she always wanted to create. It is exciting that she still has a whole new group of fans that have not even found her yet. This album is without a doubt fantastic. It is really hard to stop listening to her once you start.

also out today...

"Magic" by Bruce Springsteen

"Ultra" reissue by Depeche Mode

"Exciter" reissue by Depeche Mode

"White Chalk" by P.J. Harvey

"Songs of Mass Destruction" by Annie Lennox

"Magick Daggers" by Magick Daggers

"Pilgrimage" by Om

"We Are the Pipettes" by The Pipettes

"Total Magique" by We Are Wolves

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