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Friday 21 November 2014


Mantaray (W14 Music)


You could have forgiven the woman, dubbed Ice Queen of Punk, for swapping her rebel roots for a slice of easy-money-making mainstream pop ?

After all, Siouxsie Sioux's pogoing days are a distant memory.

And just a few months ago this erstwhile musical rabble rouser, who once provided the spark for the legendary piece of swearing and mayhem that came during the Sex Pistols' appearance on the Bill Grundy show, turned 50.

But there are no signs that Siouxsie's about to take a well-deserved sedentary route.

Her new album Mantaray has enough raucous and plain barking moments to suggest there's life in this old punk godmother yet.

As part of the late 1970s' 'have-a-go' spontaneity sect, Siouxsie cut a striking figure.

And judging by the cover of her latest album, where an electro-haired mad-made-up Siouxsie lies covered in in butterflies, wasps and dragnonflies, she's still daring to be different.

As for the music, there are several tunes that recall the Banshees' trademark metal-edged guitar bounced up with dance beats.

Elsewhere, there are wonderfully stylish dark and twisted tracks including Drone Zone and the brilliant Sea of Tranquility that really do single Siouxsie out from the rest.

Then again even at the height of punk Siouxsie always looked different from her counterparts.

Although the genre was about sartorial confrontation, Ms Sioux cuts a figure of strange elegance.

Mantaray proves that, far from taking it easy in a comfort zone reserved for well-respected oldies, Siouxsie has still a few miles to go in her extraordinary musical adventure.

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