SIOUXSIE - Mantaray (2007) The new album of the Queen!!
Alternative Rock, Pop Rock
"Into A Swan"
Bass - Charlie Jones (tracks: 1 to 3, 6, 10) /Double Bass [Upright Bass] - Charlie Jones (tracks: 4, 5, 7 to 9)/ Engineer - Tom Dalgety /Steve Evans - Guitar ,Keyboards (track 09),Ukulele (track 07)/Drums - Clive Deamer/ Ted Benham - Vibraphone (tracks 08,09),Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Xylophone (track 04),Dulcimer (tracks 05,08)/Ken Dewar - Percussion (tracks 02,03,05,06,08) /Hossam Ramzy - Percussion (track02,06)/Terry Edwards - Saxophone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn (tracks 03,07)/Piano - Charlie Jones (track 05,08,09)/Autoharp - Charlie Jones (track 10)/Guitar, Keyboards, Programmed By - Noko , Phil Andrews (track 03)/Arranged By [Strings], Strings - Davide Rossi (track 05,08)/Photography - Fiona Freund /Producer - Jones , Evans /Programmed By - Steve Evans (tracks: 1 to 9) Synthesizer, Organ [Rhodes] - Charlie Jones (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 10) /Vocals - Siouxsie Sioux /Written-By - James (tracks: 1, 4) , Jones (tracks: 2, 5, 8 to 10) , Kookie (2) (tracks: 1, 3, 4) , Noko (tracks: 2, 3) , Sioux , Hilton (tracks: 7) , Evans (tracks: 2, 5, 8 to 10)
01 Into A Swan (4:12)
02 About To Happen (2:50)
03 Here Comes That Day (4:02)
04 Loveless (4:24)
05 If It Doesn't Kill You (4:32)
06 One Mile Below (3:00)
07 Drone Zone (3:22)
08 Sea Of Tranquility (5:13)
09 They Follow You (5:02)
10 Heaven And Alchemy (4:18)
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"There's never been anything understated in Siouxsie Sioux's approach, from her physically and vocally imperious demeanor to her taste for crushing grooves and slash-and-burn guitars. That's all in full display on her first official solo album, Mantaray. In lieu of the Banshees, Siouxsie teams up with Steve Evans and Charlie Jones. They not only produced the album, but co-wrote most of the tunes and play most of the bass, guitar, and keyboards. They understand Siouxsie's iconographic terrain and do little to deviate from it, but they also make it sound like an album made today and not in 1978. Lyrically, Siouxsie has shed her often macabre, gothic horrorshow imagery in favor of a more personal, if not more intimate vision. "The Swan" is a song of empowerment and change, backed by a grinding rhythm track and wall-of-sound interludes. She indulges her penchant for jazz, recalling New Orleans with the fudgie horn section of "Here Comes the Day," while "If It Doesn't Kill You" recalls her cover of "Strange Fruit," nodding to Billie Holiday as it hovers between ballad, Broadway, and heavy metal. "Loveless" may be her response to the demise of her marriage to Banshee and Creatures drummer Budgie. It's a brutalizing piece with electronic rhythms and searing, feedback guitar leads that are incongruously countered by a cyclical marimba line. Nearly thirty years after her debut with the Banshees, Siouxsie can still sneer and storm as fiercely as ever. Sometimes she overdoes the vocal mannerisms with the slightly flat tone, snarls, yelps, bends, and drawls that have become embedded in her style over the years. Even when she's singing a tender song, Siouxsie sounds like she might just slap you across the face. --John Diliberto"
"Decca Records is proud to announce the release of MANTARAY, the debut solo album from renowned British artist Siouxsie. Siouxsie's first solo recording without The Banshees or The Creatures will be released on October 2. MANTARAY, produced by Steve Evans (Robert Plant) and Charlie Jones is fresh and contemporary, while remaining immediately recognizable. Incorporating industrial rhythms, modern glam and other orgainic elements, Siouxsie's iconic vocals are showcased in a newly expansive sound across the whole album. Since her first appearance onstage in 1976 at the 100 Club Punk Festival, Siouxsie has been a pioneer. She captivated audiences with her dramatic, compelling presence that pushed, then broke, boundaries. Her continually evolving style--from chaotic, aggressive punk to sophisticated, glossy pop--resulted in an impressive canon of work that continues to remain provocative today."
"Astonishingly, this is Siouxsie Sioux’s debut solo album after a career of thirty years with the Banshees. In a recent interview, the fifty-year old singer was quoted as saying 'The past is a total obsession with the media. I’ve always been more excited about what I’m doing right now'. With Mantaray, she decisively breaks free of the past’s dead hand, but there’s something reassuringly old-fashioned about the fact that this is a proper album, dynamically sequenced and moving through themes of loss, pain and fantastic mutation before coming to its cosmic conclusion. The opening PJ-Harvey esque “Into a Swan” lays down the gauntlet and its high standards are maintained on “About to Happen” which riffs on like a warped cousin of The Knack’s “My Sharona.” “Here Comes that Day” sees evil Aunt Siouxsie pays a visit to Candie Payne to remind her what “pop noir” is really all about, and if the vocals here and elsewhere don’t always quite match up to the Goldfrapp/Beth Gibbons territory she is hurtling through, then the next track, the nagging “Loveless”, serves as a potent reminder of this post-punk stingray’s continuing ability to drive her hooks deep. At the midway point, the lyrics 'If it doesn’t kill you, it will shape you. If it doesn’t break you it will make you. Don’t be afraid', effectively sum up the album’s themes, although there are plenty of surprises in the second half of the album as the former Susan Ballion leads a variety of hybrids across the sonic terrain to the accompaniment of Joe-Meek-as-zombie fairground keyboards and writhing guitar reminiscent both of Adrian Belew and Can’s Michael Karoli. As the beautiful and stately “Heaven and Alchemy” wakes us from this dream of escape into a long-promised fabulous universe of desire at the album’s end, we might pause briefly to wish the bioengineered banshee from Bromley many happy returns." Tim Nelson
"I spent the day listening Mantaray albun... and I fell like a child attending the divorse of his parents..." I know how's good for me, I know how's bad for me, all that sweetness coverred falseness" from Loveless track number 4... wow... is a pity that they split but show must go on and she is the Star!!! I love Mantaray! Thanks Siouxsie!!!"
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