It would have been easy to write off the Banshees
after the so-so Superstition
, especially given the fact that it came after two uneven and disappointing albums (including the unnecessary covers collection Through the Looking Glass
) Frankly, one of punk's most consistently invigorating acts seemed to have run their course. Sure enough, The Rapture
proved to be their final recording. The surprise is that it's a career highpoint. The band deny, incidentally, that they knew this was to be their last album. Quite how Siouxsie
and Budgie rediscovered their chemistry is a moot point - some credited producer John Cale
, who worked on four tracks - but rediscover it they did. Despite nods to the band's past in the savage "Not Forgotten," the real gems are the sunny-side-up "O, Baby" (when did Siouxsie
ever sound so genuinely happy?) and an 11-minute title-track that is as dazzling as anything they have ever performed. A classic case of leaving the scene on a high note, and a fitting final chapter from one of punk's finest, and most dignified, bands.