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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Bauhaus - In the Flat Field


Few debut albums ever arrived so nearly perfectly formed; that In the Flat Field practically single-handedly invented what remains for many as the stereotype of goth music -- wracked, at times spindly vocals about despair and desolation of many kinds, sung over mysterious and moody music -- demonstrates the sui generis power of both the band and its work. This said, perhaps the best thing about the album isn't what it's supposed to sound like, but what it actually does sound like -- an awesomely powerful, glam-inspired rock band firing on all fours, capable of restraint and complete overdrive both, fronted by a charismatic, storming frontman. Starting with the challenging angst of "Double Dare," with shattering guitar over a curious but fierce stop-start rhythm while Peter Murphy rages ever more strongly over the top, In the Flat Field contains a wide variety of inspirations and ideas. The astonishingly precise rhythm section of David J and Kevin Haskins pulls off a variety of jaw-dropping performances, including the high-paced tension of the title track and the brooding crawl from "Spy in the Cab." Daniel Ash, much like his longtime hero Mick Ronson, turns out to be a master of turning relatively simple guitar parts into apocalyptic explosions, from the background fills on "St. Vitus Dance" to the brutal descending chords of "Stigmata Martyr." Murphy, meanwhile, channels as much Iggy Pop as he does David Bowie, proving to be no simple copyist of either, able to both maniacally sing-shout and take a somewhat lighter touch throughout. Concluding with the seven-minute "Nerves," an aptly titled piece that alternates between understated energy and unleashed power toward a dramatic ending, In the Flat Field started off Bauhaus' album career with a near-perfect bang.

Track List:
1. Dark Entries
2. Double Dare
3. In The Flat Field
4. God In An Alcove
5. Dive
6. Spy In The Cab
7. Small Talk Stinks
8. St. Vitus Dance
9. Stigmata Martyr
10. Nerves
11. Telegram Sam
12. Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores
13. Terror Couple Kill Colonel
14. Scopes
15. Untitled

Download: Bauhaus - In The Flat Field (51.3MB)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

thank you for your blog and the excellent postings. Some of the music are also my favourites. But you showed me some really interesting artists.

I am awaiting your next choices ;-)

Anonymous said...

Killer blog mate, am now a daily visitor. Keep up the great work, much appreciasted by me.

bruce said...

thank you. i got this on tape
when it first came out.havnt had a listen for a decade.
cheers

d-tron said...

great album. Definitely some major Bowie influence in here. I'd always wanted to hear what else these guys put out besides Bela Lagosi's Dead.

Nice post, nice blog.

Zer0_II said...

Wow.. I honestly didn't expect that many comments for this album, considering the amount of comments left for the previous albums that I posted. Thank you all very much. They definitely don't go unnoticed or unappreciated. I hope that I can continue to satisfy everyone with the albums that I post.

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