The Guardian - Final Edition (December 12, 2003)
Friday review: Pop CD releases: The Creatures Hai! (Sioux) 3/5
The fourth Creatures LP in 20 years puts Siouxsie Sioux's famous harridan howl to more creative use than another Banshees reunion tour. Finding themselves in Tokyo, Sioux and Budgie arranged a session with the Japanese Taiko drumming hero Leonard Eto, triggering off a wall of twisted percussive turbulence within which Sioux's vocal can do just what it likes. She is impossibly sensual on Tourniquet, while the unusually skeletal Further Nearer out-Bjorks Bjork. Working with Eto has similarly inspired Budgie to stretch himself, layering marimbas and crashing gongs aplenty. The lyrics are as enigmatic/ meaningless as ever ("Desert sand, ocean deep. . ." sounds like a geography lesson) but it's all terrifically atmospheric, and will find a readymade market among Japanese goths.
Contributed by Jerry Burch.