Picks and Pans Review: The Rapture

updated 02/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Although Siouxsie and the Banshees have recorded a gaggle of great songs in their 19-year, 11-album career, they have yet to turn out that one-for-the-ages pop classic—their very own "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The Rapture offers a few contenders (like the jangly "O Baby," the first single), but don't expect to be swept away by a wave of catchy jingles. Instead, as usual, the band emphasizes oblique, offbeat thrills: "Not Forgotten," a throwback to the primal postpunk punch of the group's early work, finds Siouxsie's detached vibrato hovering over a thunderous wall of rhythm. There are slightly more accessible numbers like "The Lonely One," which could be incidental film music for some twisted playground scene on a merry-go-round, and "Forever," an impressionistic gem that's as lovely as anything the band has recorded. Chances are no one will be humming much of this stuff six months from now, but The Rapture never fails to be engrossing. (Geffen)

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