Raw charisma, an aggressive demeanor, and a strong personality made Peter Murphy the inevitable "star" of Bauhaus, but his "supporting cast" were brilliant instrumentalists, though it was in the service of the sturm and drang of gothic rock. A severe illness kept Murphy from contributing much of anything to the band's last release "Burning From The Inside", forcing the trio that would later become Love and Rockets into recording much of that CD on their own, pressing bassist David J and guitarist Daniel Ash into service as primary vocalists, and finding as a result their own unique energy.
By 1985, this trio (including drummer Kevin Haskins) had recorded "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven", suggesting that their musical path would now concentrate on the elevation of spirit, on a quest not to explore the foulest, most unsavory elements of the human personality ("The Three Shadows",from Bauhaus's 'The Sky's Gone Out"), but on personal enlightenment, even possibly from a divine source ("A Private Future" from "Seventh Dream").
Most of the standout songs are driven by Daniel Ash's elegant yet simply structured guitar work (both acoustically and with electric guitar providing heavily processed/fuzzed out counterpoint), and David J's fretless bass weaving parallell melody lines around it. Kevin Haskins's percussion provides the adhesive the songs are cemented around, and an astute listener can hear the influence of industrial music as well, sometimes all in the same track ("Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven" comes to mind here, in addition to the Canadian version of "If There's A Heaven Above"), nowhere more in evidence than in the majestic tone poem "Haunted When The Minutes Drag". "A Private Future" is oriented primarily around Ash's 12-string acoustic, while "Dog-End of A Day Gone By" relies heavily on Ash's fuzzbox. Both are tied together by Haskin's propulsive drumming and the lead bass lines J. has laid down.
Lyrically, the band is signaling throughout the release that they are in search of transedence from the human condition, through either the levitiation of the soul ("A Private Future", "If There's A Heaven Above" and "Inside the Outside") or elimination of worldly desire ("The Game") ,the exceptions appearing to be the title track, "Haunted When The Minutes Drag", and a cover of the Temptations' "Ball of Confusion". David J's warm, rich expressive voice powers "Dog End of A Day Gone By" while Ash's smooth, slightly crisp delivery drives "The Game"; but no matter, they tend to share vocal duties on each song (excepting "Suadade", the band's multilayered instrumental) often combining them, and thus giving the lyrics even more dynamic tension. If you're looking for a place to start, try "Express", their follow-up release, but as for me , this is the one I return to the most often.