The Creatures – Anima Animus
This album was well received by critics. The Times gave it 8/10 and wrote: “Siouxsie, has rarely been in better voice. The opening track, “2nd Floor” is a fantastically knowing melodrama, riding a techno pulse, while the ominous, epic Exterminating Angel pursues its prey in lamplit streets.
It’s entrancing, hypnotic and inventive”. The Sunday Times also praised and presented it in these glowing terms: “Siouxsie’s voice has lost none of its ability to seduce and unsettle. The sound is percussive, defined by Budgie’s supple rhythm work. Exterminating Angel is exquisitely menacing, while the sinuous Another Planet grows to a shuddering climax.
“Uncut gave the album 4/5 and Chris Roberts said: “Sioux’s always been at her best as a harsh declaimer, PJ Harvey on steroids, but there are phases where she whispers, breathes, reaches for vulnerability”, before concluding “The Creatures have jettisoned comfort and are phoning home from a new end zone. Anima Animus crackles.”
Now that the Banshees are no more, Budgie and wife Siouxsie Sioux have reactivated the Creatures project, this time permanently. The techno revolution has had no real affect on the Creatures‘ sound since 1989’s Boomerang LP, mainly because Sioux and Budgie started mixing tribal drumbeats and electronic treatments way back in 1981. Fans of the Banshees will not be disappointed here, the arrangements are similar to Sioux‘s old band, and her imagery is still the stuff of bad dreams. This is a solid record, especially for Sioux, with a fresh sound that rivals her early-’80s albums with the Banshees. A step in the right direction for these punk/goth icons.