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Siouxsie and the Banshees - A Kiss in the Dreamhouse

Siouxsie and the Banshees

- A Kiss in the Dreamhouse


A Kiss in the Dreamhouse is the fifth studio album released by Siouxsie & the Banshees and was issued by Polydor Records in the UK in 1982. The album belongs to what critics and fans refer to as the Banshees' "experimental" phase, as it contains chimes, strings, synthesizers, and many vocal overdubs. The album was written, produced, and arranged by the band. Both a critical and commercial success, it peaked on the UK albums chart at number eleven. The Banshees claimed it to be their personal best, until the release of Peepshow in 1988. The album is also notable for its Gustav Klimt-inspired sleeve artwork. The UK music press was unanimous in their praise for the album on its release. Richard Cook in the NME began by this comment : "It's rare for a group to make their fourth LP and still be provocative, still be interested in themselves, let along break any substantially new ground. For them to progress as far as Siouxsie and The Banshees have done on ‘A Kiss In The Dreamhouse’ is a feat of imagination scarcely ever recorded. It’s breathtaking". Cook then finished his review by this sentence: "I promise. This music will take your breath away." Steve Sutherland in the Melody Maker also welcomed the new musical direction: "The Banshees achieve an awesome, effective new pop without so much as a theory or qualm." "Dreamhouse" is an intoxicating achievement." Several bands covered and sampled songs from this album : * LCD Soundsystem covered "Slowdive" for the b-side of their single Disco Infiltrator : the cover is also available for a compilation in 2006. * The Beta Band sampled "Painted Bird" on their track "Liquid Bird" from the Heroes to Zeros album.

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