""Should the World Fail to Fall Apart" is a collection of singles written and recorded in 1986 with L. Howard Hughes with hopes of finding Peter a Post-Bauhaus identity other than the "Godfather of Goth". As you listen to the album, you'll come across some very nice lyrics and song in "Canvas Beauty", "Never Man", and "Final Solution", but they don't gel together in a cohesive manner. Nonetheless, this album displays a side of Peter Murphy rarely heard as the songs are very Romantic and out of the mainstream. The sounds are soft and orchestrated, the lyrics are poetic and deep, atmosphere is spacious, and the general tone is somber and reflective. Guitars are not used very much on this album as in the others, they play more of a backup role even though they're clearly audible. "Should the World Fail to Fall Apart" is a an album that's most appreciated by die-hard Peter Murphy fans. For those unfamiliar with Peter's work, may I suggest you start with his other albums such as "Deep" or the most recent "Cascade" which is more the classic form of Peter Murphy."
From the Ashes...
David Cundiff | New Albany, Indiana United States | 01/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Supposedly, after Dali's Car fell apart, Peter Murphy was reluctant to become a solo artist. One really can't tell from this, his first solo album. This album was written with Howard Hughes who played in Murphy's live band for a short while. I really like the drumming on this album which turns out to be mostly drum machine programmed by Peter himself. This album has a couple of covers including Pere Ubu's 'Final Solution'. Of course Murphy sings his tail off throughout. A great way to start a solo career."
Who needs Bauhaus?
jskryp | Hell, PA | 11/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album was a perfect debut for Peter Murphy's solo career. Although the other members were the sound of Bauhaus, Peter was definitely the voice of Bauhaus, The songs are very melodic and I cannot imagine that you will be disappointed with this album."
Solid first solo album
Christian Buckley | Washington State, United States | 11/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In his first solo effort (if you don't count Dalis Car), Peter walked away with a slightly disconnected, but powerful freshman effort. What I mean by disconnected is that the overall flow of the songs does not work together as well as later albums. Maybe part of it was his newly found freedom, the other thing could be the nature of his writing/performing relationship with Howard Hughes. Peter went on to find much more success on this front when working with Paul Statham.
Don't get me wrong -- there are some masterful songs on this album, including 'Canvas Beauty', a cover of Pere Ubu's 'Final Solution', and my personal fave, the majestic 'God Sends'. Also of note is the wonderful b-side, 'Tale of the Tongue' which is well worth tracking down. But the album is just a warm up to his two best albums, 'Love Hysteria' (my favorite) and the crowd-pleaser 'Deep', where the connections between singer, songwriter, and musical-deity tend to blur."
M. S. Tucker | Los Angeles, CA USA | 11/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must admit when I first picked up this ALBUM in 1986 I was a bit stunned. I had been used to the grind of Bauhaus and the kitsch/goth of Tones on Tail along with the increasing popularity of Love & Rockets. Having said that, out of all of the Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Dali's Car, Love and Rockets and the rest of the Peter Murphy collection, I NEVER get tired of this one..Canvas Beauty, Confessions, The Light Pours Out of Me, it's endless. Catch him on tour you won't be sorry, he has an even more astounding stage presence."