A Kiss in the Dreamhouseshows Siouxsie and the Banshees backpedalling a bit from their excellently forthright predecessor,Juju, to update the more avant-garde stylings ofKaleidoscope. This album is in fact the Banshees' crowning glory in this experimental vein. Production and arrangements are highly varied and accomplished, and Sioux's singing by now is excellent, capable of imaginative shadings and free of its former tunelessness.Obsessionis scored for chimes, overdubbed breathing, swallowed synthesizer sounds, strings, and very occasional guitar touches; this all supports a fine vocal with lyrics about the speaker's fixation on her object of desire.Green Fingeris a driving, up-tempo number with Joy Division melodic bass, sparkling synthesizer touches, and wacky recorder tootlings.Painted Birdfeatures a full helping of multi-tracked vocals propelled by a drumbeat that is alternately skittering and thumping; portions of this song suggest a nightmare version of Fleetwood Mac'sGo Your Own Way.Cocoonis best characterized as mutant bopping jazz with an often breathy, cooing vocal.She's a CarnivalandSlowdivesuggest eccentric stabs at mainstream acceptance, The former being a comparatively gutsy and forthright rocker, the latter a violin-coloured dance beat number with hints of New Order or David Bowie that is a catchy melodic hook away from being the real thing.
Remastered from the original ¼” tapes and cut at half speed at Abbey Road studios, London. Both artwork and audio have personally been overseen and orchestrated by Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin.
Siouxsie and the Banshees were among the longest-lived and most successful acts to emerge from the London punk community; over the course of a career that lasted two decades, they evolved from an abrasive, primitive art punk band into a stylish, sophisticated unit.