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Dance to the dark side of these tunes,
This review is from: Mask (Audio CD)
Bauhaus' second studio album could have done with better production as the live versions of these songs on "Press the Eject..." and "Archive" are far superior. Despite that the band came up with a typically varied work, from the funk of "Kick in the Eye" and "In Fear of Fear", to the atmospheric and haunting "Hollow Hills" to the surreal "Mask". Outstanding songs are "The Passion of Lovers" and the self-parodying "Muscle in Plastic". The bonus tracks are an eclectic mix. "Harry" is a song from 1979, when the band were probably still deciding on a musical direction; what we have here is ska that The Specials would be proud of. The cadavre exquis "1. David Jay 2. Peter Murphy 3. Kevin Haskins 4. Daniel Ash" is a style the band repeated to better effect with "Exquisite Corpse" on "The Sky's Gone Out". Closing track "Satori" is an interesting clanking instrumental that Bauhaus later used to introduce their shows. At times "Mask" sounds muted and inhibited, yet this remains Bauhaus' most accessible work as almost all of the tracks could have been released as singles.