The Rapture: The Last Album of Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Rapture is the eleventh and final studio album by the English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees, released in 1995. The album was a commercial and critical success, reaching number 33 on the UK Albums Chart and receiving positive reviews from critics. The Rapture is a diverse and eclectic album that showcases the band's musical evolution and experimentation over their career.
The album was recorded in two sessions, one with producer John Cale in 1993 and one with producer Stephen Hague in 1994. The first session resulted in four songs: \"O Baby\", \"Tearing Apart\", \"Not Forgotten\" and \"The Rapture\". These songs have a darker and more experimental sound, influenced by Cale's avant-garde style. The second session produced eight songs, including the singles \"Stargazer\" and \"The Killing Jar\". These songs have a more pop-oriented and accessible sound, influenced by Hague's mainstream production.
The Rapture is an ironic title, considering that this would be Siouxsie and the Banshees' last album, which is sad[^1^]. Sad because the Banshees, one of the survivors of the English punk scene, went out with a whisper instead of roaring howl like they should have[^1^]. However, The Rapture is also a testament to the band's artistic vision and legacy, as they never compromised their creativity or integrity. The Rapture is a fitting farewell to one of the most influential and innovative bands of all time.The Rapture received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the band's ambition and experimentation, but also criticized the album's inconsistency and lack of cohesion. Some critics felt that the album was too long and uneven, and that the two sessions with different producers resulted in a disjointed sound. Others praised the album's diversity and creativity, and highlighted the band's willingness to explore new musical directions and genres.
The Rapture is a showcase of Siouxsie and the Banshees' musical evolution and legacy, as they incorporated elements of pop, rock, dance, folk, jazz, classical and avant-garde music into their distinctive style. The album features some of the band's most memorable songs, such as the catchy \"O Baby\", the atmospheric \"Stargazer\", the haunting \"Not Forgotten\" and the epic \"The Rapture\". The album also features some of the band's most experimental songs, such as the twisted \"Sick Child\", the psychedelic \"Forever\" and the cinematic \"Love Out Me\".
The Rapture is a fitting farewell to one of punk's finest, and most dignified, bands[^2^]. The album demonstrates that Siouxsie and the Banshees never compromised their creativity or integrity, and that they were always ahead of their time. The Rapture is an album that deserves to be rediscovered and appreciated by new generations of listeners, as it offers a glimpse into the rich and diverse musical world of Siouxsie and the Banshees.The Rapture was a moderate commercial success, reaching number 33 on the UK Albums Chart and number 162 on the US Billboard 200. The album also charted in several European countries, such as France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. The album spawned three singles: \"O Baby\", which reached number 34 on the UK Singles Chart and number 22 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart; \"Stargazer\", which reached number 64 on the UK Singles Chart and number 29 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart; and \"The Killing Jar\", which reached number 96 on the UK Singles Chart.
The Rapture was the last album by Siouxsie and the Banshees, who disbanded in 1996 after 20 years of music. The band members pursued different projects after the split, such as Siouxsie Sioux's solo career, Steven Severin's soundtrack work, Budgie's collaboration with Siouxsie as the Creatures, and Jon Klein's production work. The band reunited briefly in 2002 for a series of concerts, but did not record any new material. The band's legacy and influence remain strong, as they have inspired many artists from various genres, such as PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Garbage, Muse and Interpol. 248dff8e21