Review - The Best Of

Artist: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Given that the best work of Siouxsie and the Banshees has already been compiled on "Once Upon A Time" and "Twice Upon A Time," this 15-track collection is a bit pointless. Granted, it skims the best off the top of both of those collections, but there are two distinct types of Siouxsie fans to consider: the "Hong Kong Garden" fans and the "Peek-A-Boo" fans. Though there's certainly some crossover, many who love the raw, early Siouxsie have no patience for the latter, lush Siouxsie. When you consider that by the time of 1991's Superstition album, even the Banshees had started to splinter due to differences of opinion over the group's glossy direction, it's easy to see why a "comprehensive" collection such as this is doomed to fail. Exacerbating the effect is the fact that the songs here aren't presented in chronological order, thus the angular anger of "Happy House" gives way uncomfortably to the poppy, club-inspired "Kiss Them For Me." A double-disc set would have served Siouxsie's legacy much better, allowing the compilers to not only include the 28 tracks from the previous collections, but also some outtakes and lost tracks. As it is, "The Best Of" just isn't.


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