Album #479 – Juju

Album #479

Quite a contrast between the first and fourth albums by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Juju has been hailed by many a critic as a cornerstone in Gothic rock. Siouxsie and the Banshees were innovators in this sound that ended up being a hallmark of 1980’s alternative music. But, don’t tell the band that. They have gone on the record as saying that Juju is NOT a gothic rock record. The songwriting is very dark and hollow though. One thing that improves from their debut is the singing of lead singer Siouxsie Sioux. Her voice is stronger and more powerful, setting the tone for these songs. The darker slant to the album was due to the group’s songwriting and was not intentional. Juju would really set the framework for the group’s sound through the mid 80’s. Another highlight of this album is John McGeoch’s guitar playing. The style and tone of his guitar parts ended up becoming a staple of gothic rock and also matched the dark tone of the songs. The album is a vast improvement and Siouxsie and the Banshees would continue to influence many bands through the rest of the 80’s and beyond. Highlights include: Spellbound, Arabian Knights, Halloween, Monitor, Night Shift and Voodoo Heart. Overall, I give Juju, 4.5 out of 5.

Next: Penthouse and Pavement by Heaven 17

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