Song of the Day: Rhapsody by Siouxsie and the Banshees
So, following on from my post yesterday I’ve decided to use one of Siouxsie’s songs as Song of the Day. For this I’ve chosen my new favourite Siouxsie and the Banshees track Rhapsody from the album Peep Show.
The only word that can encapsulate the sheer scale if this track is epic. It’s a slow burner, casually simmering away until, without warning it just explodes.
Her vocals at the beginning are haunting as well as beautiful and they gain a more sinister edge after the first couple of verses, a clue to what the rest of the song holds.
The tempo builds up quickly, although you don’t really notice it until it all crashes into one another, almost overpowering Siouxsie’s voice which floats ethereally through the desperate clamour.
Then she goes for those high notes, the notes which make this track truly spectacular. It’s the mastery over her voice which makes her such a brilliant singer, she takes risks and they pay off. There are plenty of singers who wouldn’t even consider doing what she does.
Lyrically, this song is almost as mystifying as other tracks the band have produced, and there’s still a degree of figuring out what is being sung about. But, to be fair, it doesn’t matter as long as people can relate to it without knowing the story behind the words.
There’s a rainbow of emotions on display here, from melancholy to hope and I think it’s this, above anything else, which makes this one of the best Siouxsie songs ever. Without that emotion she would not have been able to give such a fantastic and believable performance for the duration of the track.
What do you think?