The many faces of Bauhaus
J. Holmes | yokohama, japan | 08/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"lots of people say that this band started goth but don't buy into all that without hearing this band for yourself. i remember as a kid seeing reading Thrasher magazine and seeing skaters wearing Bauhaus t-shirts. well, that was enough for me to go check them out. i bought "Bela Legosi's Dead" on cassette and played it endlessly. i played it endlessly not because i liked it; but because i couldn't understand it and i had to keep listening o it again and again. eventually, it all started to sink in...the rhythms, the mood, the strange numbness of it all.
"The Sky's Gone Out" captures the band in perhaps, their most daring creative point in their musical career. alot of Bauhaus fans aren't too keen on this album. why? well.,,perhaps because the first song (a cover of Brain Eno's "Third Uncle") is so fast and rocking? admitingly, it's a rather strange way for a Bauhaus cd to start off...but it's a thrilling first song. once you get to the second song, the brilliant "Silent Hedges" you may feel like you're in more familiar territory. with the creaking guitar ghostly echoing and semi-spooky singing. as the disc goes on, many more faces are revealed, there's the Bauhaus stage show ("Spirit"), the very very creepy and downright psychotic Bauhaus (the entire three parts of "The Three Shadows" trilogy) , the tender Bauhaus ("All We Ever Wanted Was Everything"..which contains one of the Murphy's strangest and most haunting lyrics: "get up, eat jelly...") and the confused Bauhaus (the final cut "Exquisite Corpse" which even seems to contain a reggae passage(?)). so there is quite alot here to divulge and if it all sounds like a bit of a panoramic mess, well, it is...but a bloody good ride from start to finish."
Bauhaus follow up Mask with what may be their best album
R. Brown | HSV, AR | 04/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before this album Bauhaus basically set the tone for what Gothic music was supposed to look and sound like with their first album "In the Flat Field", and then changed up styles with the spooky dance album "Mask". Leaving a listener such as myself wondering "where will they go from Mask?" this album definitely turned out to be Bauhaus' creative watermark.
This album basically bridges the gaps found between "In the Flat Field" and "Mask" while also blending the styles of some of the rarities you can find on their BBC sessions ("Swing the Heartache") and shows definite progression in song writing ability. The first half of "Sky's Gone Out" gives you a taste of older styles of Bauhaus song structure which have been updated and improved upon by this point in the game. However, the second half of this album is where the real fun begins. Starting off with "The Three Shadows Pt. 1" the album builds (almost in a prog. rock style) up to the breaking point which leads into one of the albums many keepers "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything" which is followed by one of the more brilliant examples of Bauhaus at their creative best.
Even if you're not a fan of anything else in Bauhaus' (or anything in any Goth band's) discography, "Sky's Gone Out" is an album that I believe anyone can appreciate if they have an appreciation for a more ecclectic taste in musicianship.
"Sky's Gone Out" is essential if you're a fan of Bauhaus, and is definitely worth checking out if you're new to the group.
Key Tracks: "In the Night", "Spirit", "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything", "Exquisite Corpse""
So goth, you'll burp out bats after a listen to this one.
Carnelian | New England | 01/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like dark/brooding goth music, and you don't already own this, you might need a visit to the shrink, pronto. ;)
This album is REAL goth, made by real goths, not some people standing around in yarn hair pretending to be GOTH at a stupid music festival full of "industrials" born after 1986.