Smash Hits ('86)

Siouxsie and the Banshees
Tinderbox (Geffen)

There are things in this world that aren't easily described or understood, and Lord knows the Banshees web is an intricate one indeed. Sometimes shimmery and hypnotic ("The Sweetest Chill"), then a swirling storm ("This Unrest"), the Banshees can get stubbornly introverted, making them sound like a cheerless Cocteau Twins. Aside from these difficult knots, nothing can equal the icy, tingling fingers of "Cities In Dust" or the furious whirlwind of "Candyman", which features brutal, timely lyrics that may leave you in quite a state.

Suzan Colon

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