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Shakespears Sisters fifth studio album is an acoustic flavoured effort featuring covers of some of Siobhan’s favourite tracks of all time.
Songs From The Red Room
The long awaited ‘Songs From The Red Room’ came in the Fall of 2009 featuring electro, glam rock and acoustic sounds. The lead single, ‘It’s A Trip’ proved to be a popular track.
Considered to be Siobhan’s finest hour, #3 is a unique piece of popular music history, featuring the hit single ‘I Can Drive’.
Hormonally Yours is testament to the peak of Shakespears Sister’s career, featuring the smash hit single ‘Stay’ which become one of the most successful singles of the 90’s.
After leaving behind the “Hit Factory” direction of Bananarama, Siobhan embarked on her own project teaming with then husband, Dave Stewart and Marcella Detroit.
01. Baby It's You
02. Dancing Barefoot
03. Goodbye Cruel World
04. You Can’t Wear Shades Shades
05. Someone Else's Girl
06. Cosmic Dancer
07. Wish You Were Here
08. Here Comes The Weather
10. My World Is Empty Without You
11. A Lonely Heart (Is A Loaded Gun)
12. C U Tonight
15. I'll Be Your Mirror
Shakespears Sisters fifth studio album is an acoustic flavoured effort featuring covers of some of Siobhan’s favourite tracks of all time. Hot off the heels of ‘Songs From The Red Room’, ‘Cosmic Dancer’ is a tantalising collection of material which sounds very different to previous Shakespears Sister releases.
Siobhan delivers exceptionally well on a rendition of her own idol, Patti Smith’s composition, ‘Dancing Barefoot’, while mid way she pays homage to Marc Bolan with a cover of his ‘Cosmic Dancer’, where this album gets it’s name. Siobhan will take you on a breif visit back to the 60’s where she gives a nod at The Supremes with her cover of ‘My World Is Empty Without You’
‘Cosmic Dancer’ blends timeless classics with modern production creating this unique peace of popular music that is arguably Siobhan’s best in the last ten years.
Songs From The Red Room
01. Pulsatron (Whitey Mix)
02. Bad Blood
03. Was It Worth It? (With Terry Hall)
04. It's A trip
05. Hot Room
06. A Man In Uniform
07. You're Alone
08. Bitter Pill
10. You're Not Yourself
11. A Loaded Gun
12. Bad Blood (Jagz Kooner Mix -
13. Pulsatron (Gully Mix)
14. Cold (Death In Vegas Mix)
‘Songs From The Red Room’ had spent several years in the making with the first recording sessions commencing at the beginning of the 2000. Originally the album was to be released as a “Siobhan Fahey” project, until she was persuaded to resurrect her Shakespears Sister alias again in 2009.
The production is a clash of pop, glam rock and electro, topped off with that classic dark alternative sound Shakespears Sister is renowned for. The album’s lead single, ‘It’s A Trip’ is fine evidence that this diva of darkness can still light up a dance floor with a catchy hook and beat, reminiscent to that of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’. The track joins the other more heavier and upbeat tracks at the opening of the album, while slower down tempo numbers such as, ‘Cold’ and ‘A Loaded Gun’ end ‘Songs From The Red Room’ with an air of melancholy, which Siobhan always delivers superbly, pulling in her life experiences for inspiration.
‘Songs From The Red Room’ was the perfect comeback for the Shakespears Sister star.
01. Goodbye Cruel World
02. I Don’t Care
03. My 16th Apology
04. Are We In Love Yet
05. Emotional Thing
07. Black Sky
08. The Trouble With André
11. Let Me Entertain You
12. Hello (Turn Your Radio On)
In 1992, Shakespears Sister release their sensational and critically acclaimed Hormonally Yours album, notably featuring the smash hit single, ‘Stay’ which would reserve the number one spot on the UK charts for 8 weeks, holding the record for the longest stint at the top spot from any UK artist.
Opening the album, Siobhan says ‘Goodbye Cruel World’, setting the album’s high standard with a vibrant clash of pop and punk, and closes with ‘Hello (Turn Your Radio On), a somewhat melancholic farewell to Shakespears Sister’s commercial success.
Looking back, Siobhan’s dark lyrics still remain, given lighter angelic tones by the vocals of Marcella Detroit. Hormonally Yours would take the light and dark, hell versus heaven and angel verses demon persona to new heights with real life tensions coloured in the duos promotional video clips.
Hormonally Yours is a milestone event in the career of Shakespears Sister representing the peal of their career. It has stood the test of time, still sounding as fresh and vibrant as it did back.
02. Run Silent
03. Dirty Mind
04. Sacred Heart
05. Heaven Is In Your Arms
06. Twist The Knife
07. You’re History
08. Break My Heart (You Really)
09. Red Rocket
10. Electric Moon
11. Primitive Love
12. Could You Be Loved
13. You Made Me Come To This*
*CD only track
When a mysterious woman started emerging on the music scene, sporting a black bob and performing contemporary dance numbers, many were a little confused about who she was. Many didn’t realise nor believe that this dark haired vixen was in fact a former member of Bananarama, who were by that point happily belting out quickly crafted “Hit Factory” tracks penned by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, a musical direction Siobhan Fahey was adamant she wasn’t going to be part of, hence her departure from the group, branching out to the shimmering world of Shakespears Sister.
Sacred Heart is a glorious collection of popular music from start to finish, and is probably one of Siobhan’s finest moments lyrically, demonstrating her accomplished skill as a writer. From the opening sounds of ‘Heroine’ through to the Bob Marley cover, ‘Could You Be Loved’, there is a tantalising blend of dance, ballad and pop with a nice flow from track to track.
There is something here for any fan of modern music.
02. I Can Drive
03. Do I Scare You?
04. Opportunity Knockers
05. Can U Wait That Long?
06. Oh Dear
07. Excuse Me John
08. The Older Sister
09. Singles Party
10. I Never Could Sing Anyway
#3 is one of those unrecognised masterpieces that you will hear music lovers recommend and express that it was a crying shame that this album never had a bigger impact on the industry. Unsatisfied by the performance of the lead single, ‘I Can Drive’ London Records decided to shelve the project which Siobhan took on alone after the departure of Marcella Detroit.
Combining dark alternate sounds with glam-
Siobhan finally won the rights to her somewhat forgotten recordings in 2004, releasing the album on her own label to the delight of her fan base who had been waiting for the material to see the light of the day for some years.
No fan of Siobhan Fahey / Shakespears Sister would be complete without having #3 in their collection.