Mantaray, Siouxsie's blazing solo debut, earns accolades with no trace of fatigue, padding, or confusion, as on-it and of-the-moment as Justin Timberlake.
Nearly thirty years after her debut with the Banshees, Siouxsie can still sneer and storm as fiercely as ever.
It's a success, without doubt.
Powerful, gritty, and personal, the lyrics and delivery growlingly echo the sound of a woman coming into her own and rediscovering herself after having been entrenched in a long relationship.
A few tracks may drag along the way, especially the aptly titled social critique 'Drone Zone,' but they're worth it to reach the final and finest, 'Heaven and Alchemy.'
Siouxsie concentrates all her eccentric music powers on her first solo album ever, one where you don't have to keep telling yourself "but it's Siouxsie" to pay attention.
Slight echoes of her past work seep through, but mostly she's casting a refreshing new spell. [Nov 2007, p.125]