- Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD, Limited Edition
- Label: Nettwerk Music Group
- ASIN: B00J3FORJ8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Iconic front man Peter Murphy spent most of 2013 celebrating 35 Years of Bauhaus on his Mr. Moonlight Tour, which saw him playing to sold-out shows around the world. In the midst of touring, Murphy also spent time recording the follow-up to 2011s solo album NINTH. The new record, called LION, was produced by Killing Joke bassist Youth. Murphy describes the "Lion" material as "a mixture of stuff, almost like operas for the dispossessed. It's very romantic and very deep and emotional, quite symphonic in places, but then becomes, like, a rabble-rousing pirate sea shanty. The vinyl version comes with 2 bonus tracks - 'Gabriel' and 'I Am My Own Name (Youth Remix)'. The CD version comes with a bonus disc of Bauhuas songs taken from the 2013 Mr Moonlight Tour - Double Dare (Live), In The Flat Field (Live), God In An Alcove (Live), Silent Hedges (Live), A Spy In The Cab (Live), Bela Lugosi''s Dead (Live) The Passion Of Lovers (Live), Stigmata Martyr (Live), Hollow Hills (Live), Spirit (Live).
Top Customer Reviews
This is the album I always expected Peter Murphy to make after his time in Bauhaus. All his previous solo efforts up to ninth only hinted at what he could do. The problem was I always felt he was chasing a commercial hit (Dust excepted) but now he really has unleashed himself. It started with his excellent last album ninth and arrived with this one.
Each track seems like a mini opera and Murphy’s voice is in commanding form. It’s not an easy listen by any means but despite that it has many moments of sheer beauty and passion. Even the song titles stir the imagination, Loctane, Eliza, Holy Clown etc.
Most artists do their best work early in their career and then repeat the formula with ever diminishing returns. Not Peter Murphy, his trajectory has moved up significantly with his last two albums.
Lion is the work of a real artist. Superb.
HELENE RAMOS GALAGARZA
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promoter and cyber writer.
Murphy also mentions that the making of Lion was "a very fast process". All of which kind of makes it sound like it's going sound like some kind of rush job. Thankfully, that's not the case, though. The production values are pretty high, and producer Youth does an excellent job here - and on a surprisingly eclectic set of songs too. From stuff like Low Tar Stars with its dance beat (albeit more Cassandra Complex than Juan Atkins), to downtempo numbers that could be something off a Hollywood film soundtrack, Youth's production and Murphy's voice are on a tear here.
Murphy's mercury voice is on top form throughout. This is an artist who has always sung in a way that suggests singing is a release. The blurb above makes reference to opera, which makes some kind of sense. This is a world of miniature worlds in narrative - not earnest warblings about lines on the horizon (or lack of them). On the track Eliza we have the line "pain is not a necess ess ess ess ess it it it NECESSITY", sung like it's sung by someone on the deck of the Empusa in FW Murnau's
film "Nosferatu eine Symphonie des Grauens". I don't know if the reference to stammering is intended to be overt, but it chimed with me.
A satisfyingly weird/ bonkers record - expansive, shiny, dark, new, old, energetic, weary, gothic, non-gothic, meta-gothic.
It's a 5/5 from me.
Keep on doing it like you do Peter - its awesome....
Youth and Murphy make a great combination here, there is more power in Murphys voice and bags of confidence. The use of synths and Youths production values makes a stronger backdrop for Murphys unique voice. This is a much heavier affair than previously and these songs should be stunning when played live. This is a new dawn for Peter and i feel there is a good nod in the direction of Bauhaus in some of these songs; a good strategy after the 35 years of Bauhaus tour. This album is not as fragile like previous albums and has a much harder edge. A nice bonus is the extra disc of Bauhaus numbers on the limited edition cd. My only criticism is there are no plans for a limited vinyl edition with the Bauhaus tracks...i wait to be proved wrong though.
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Voice awesome as ever. The music gets a little watery at times, but there are some great songs though, like Lion, Holy Clown or Hang Up. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mauricio Suarez Figueroa