Banshee-free and Creature-less but still the outsider...

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Siouxsie – Mantaray

Given she now lives in a French farmhouse tending her roses and surrounded by cats, the arrival of [b]Siouxie[/b]’s first solo album after 30 years might’ve suggested she was going all [b]Carole King[/b] on us.

On the surface, strings and a piano ballad called “Heaven and Alchemy” where she croons “I will catch a falling star if you want me to…” appear to confirm those fears. Fourtunately, [b]Mantaray[/b] is considerably more complicated than that.

The industrial grind of single “Into A Swan”, glammed-up trashiness of “About To Happen” and sinister alienation of “Loveless” prove she’s still the uncompromising outsider at heart.


Plus! will be hosting ‘Mantaray’ exclusively online from Thursday (September 5)- Listen to the album ahead of it’s release next Monday.