THe Creatures Hái! (Instinct) Rating: NNN
The Creatures are a long-standing side project of Siouxsie Sioux and Banshees drummer Budgie. There was a time when I just loved the Banshees and Siouxsie Sioux's vocals, but now, even though her voice hasn't changed one bit, her dated singing ruins this record. Hái! opens with Say Yes!, with some wicked, mesmerizing drums that remain amazing all the way through - no wonder, since the record guest-stars Leonard Eto, former principal Kodo drummer. I was digging it hard until Siouxsie started wailing on top of everything. That's where it all goes bad. Hers is a voice that's just over. If she'd be quiet, this would be a really good percussion record of Eastern rhythms.