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The Rapture

Album The Rapture front

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Keyboards, Cellos and Accordion:
Drums and Percussion:
Alternative rock
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The Rapture is the eleventh and final studio album by Siouxsie and the Banshees. The songs with cello arrangements, including the title track plus "Fall from Grace" and "Not Forgotten", were produced by the band on their own in 1993. John Cale later produced the remaining songs in mid-1994.


Melody Maker hailed the record at its release: "The Rapture is a fascinating, transcontinental journey through danger and exotica". Describing the arrangements, they added, "it's a vivid cornucopia of lush instrumentation, mandolins vying with cellos and bells, sweeping strings describing starlit oceans and sirens calling from jagged rocks, and attics that hide secret worlds."[1]

Sun Zoom Spark also praised it and wrote, "How is a band that first formed almost two decades ago able to remain both vital and celebrated? Answer: Metamorphosis." The journalist announced, "the album is able to excite the hairs on the back of your neck."[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Siouxsie and the Banshees, and all lyrics by Sioux, unless noted otherwise.

Produced by Siouxsie and the Banshees except tracks marked with (*): produced by John Cale; (°): produced and mixed by John Cale.

  1. "O Baby" – 3:19*
  2. "Tearing Apart" – 3:21*
  3. "Stargazer" – 3:14
  4. "Fall from Grace" – 3:43° (Lyrics: Severin)
  5. "Not Forgotten" – 4:44
  6. "Sick Child" – 4:49 (Lyrics: Budgie)
  7. "The Lonely One" – 3:29*
  8. "Falling Down" – 2:53*
  9. "Forever" – 4:04*
  10. "The Rapture" – 11:30
  11. "The Double Life" – 4:10* (Lyrics: Severin)
  12. "Love Out Me" – 4:43




Year Chart Position
1995 UK Albums Chart 33
1995 Billboard 200 127


Year Single Chart Position
1995 "O Baby" UK Singles Chart 34
1995 "O Baby" U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 21
1995 "Stargazer" UK Singles Chart 64


  1. Unsworth, Cathi. "Baby, Come back". Melody Maker. 14 January 1995.
  2. Buckley, Liz. "Siouxsie and the banshees". Sun Zoom Spark. January 1995