The Creatures

Wild Things

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The debut appearance from the duo unsurprisingly continued the basic Banshees aesthetic to a large degree; Sioux's singing differs not at all, and her subject matter on fractured urban/societal scenarios again takes precedence. The key difference is the entirely percussion-based music, including vibes and tambourines. Budgie's brisk, full-bodied work is marvelous; anyone familiar with his Banshees' work will appreciate his complex, constantly varied approaches throughout, taking a clear cue from tribal drumming traditions. The opening "Mad-Eyed Screamer" is the most immediately breathtaking, with both Sioux and Budgie in full command, but the number that gained the project the most notice was the creative revamp of "Wild Thing" itself, which is indeed the old Troggs-performed classic. The quick roil of "But Not Them," with its sudden, additional stabs of extra clattering and pounding, and the low-key, slow moodiness of "Thumb" also are worthy of note.

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