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More Hit than Miss,
This review is from: Go Away White (Audio CD)
I suppose everybody has a band that they consider to be "theirs" and Bauhaus were most definitely "mine"! After seeing Bauhaus on Top of the Pops performing She's In Parties I bought the cassette of Burning From the Inside and everything changed for me and my taste in music. Sod's Law, the band split up a couple of months after I got what was then their last studio album. After bumping in to a seasoned Bauhaus gig veteran on holiday at this time I soon realised my knowledge was woefully limited to the one album and decided to try out their back catalogue. There isn't a single poor Bauhaus album and each one sounds different from the ones before. If Go Away White is your only experience of what Bauhaus are capable of I would recommend dipping in to their other albums.
As they split in 1983 I never managed to see them in their prime and pomp but when they reformed in the late 1990's I saw them at the Brixton Academy and was moved to tears. Here they were almost 20 years after their former heyday and the performance was stunning. A few years later and another attempt at reforming saw the band playing smaller venues but still as vibrant as ever. At this time Bauhaus recorded Go Away White and if I have any criticism it is that the production quality sounds at times rather like a demo session, certainly not up to the standard of their 80's offerings.
This minor glitch aside I'd have to rate Go Away White up there with the better Bauhaus albums. The lads are all on form, Pete Murphy's vocals are as stirring as ever, David J's bass lines are immense (you can hear his influence on Jane's Addiction) Kevin Haskins takes a more straightforward approach to the rhythms and Daniel Ash lets his riffs wash over the tracks, never too much and never too little.
Bauhaus, I thank you. "Oh to be the cream!"