Monday, 3 December 2018

Siouxsie & The Banhsees - Tinderbox (1986)

Sweetest chill....


Released April 1986

This is a very rock-ish album from Siouxsie & The Banshees, probably their most so. Lots of pounding drums and post-punk guitar runs together with swirling, confident vocals. It is a short, sharp album, only thirty-eight minutes. It is very typical fare, exemplifying that whole post-punk rock sound so prevalent in the early mid-eighties.


1. Candyman
2. Sweetest Chill
3. The Unrest
4. Cities In Dust
5. Cannons
6. Party's Fall
7. 92
8. Lands End                                  

Candyman is a lively, pulsating opener featuring a great bass line rumbling underneath the beat. There is a metronomic uniformity to the sound, continuing into the very post-punk-ish Sweetest Chill with its searing Echo & The Bunnymen-type guitars. The ambience changes slightly with the slower-tempo The Unrest. Throughout the album, though Siouxsie's vocals are typically haughty and grandiose. The lyrics are also bleak, as you would expect.

Cities In Dust is a dance/pop-ish slightly more commercial number with some Human League-esque synthesiser backing. It is probably the most instantly appealing number on the album. Cannons briefly starts sonorously slowly before bursting into a trademark early/mid-eighties Siouxsie rock number. Lots of frantic percussion, cannon shot sound effects and jangling early U2-style guitars. Party's Fall continues in the early U2 vein, with very Larry Mullen-esque drumming and Edge guitar runs too. This could have easily been on Boy. It has a nice riffy bit at the end.

92 is a sombre, haunting and lengthy number more typical of a few years earlier. Lands End starts with an intoxicating drum rhythm that continues throughout a rather early Roxy Music-influenced number that is one of the album's best. The drumming is superb on this one as are the vocals. By now, though, one knew what Siouxsie & The Banshees would deliver. They had become ever so slightly formulaic. They did change that for the next offering, however.


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