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This review is from: Love Hysteria Expanded Edition (Audio CD)
For me, this album is in the classic category, and no mistake. I was never much into Bauhaus, so when I heard this on its release it just blew me away. And here I am nearly 26 years later and this music still makes the hair on the back of the neck stand up.
The record isn't gothic in any way - and I'll bet all the ex-Bauhaus members aren't a fan of that word. There is, however, a kind of darkness and mystique to Love Hysteria. The album's production is overall very good indeed - it clearly wasn't recorded with a mass audience in mind, and Beggars Banquet's a&r dept were obviously wise enough to realise that in Murphy they had an exceptionally talented artist (a genius) on their hands, and so just let him get on with it.
Songwise, a lot of Love Hysteria is as good as it gets. Time Has Got Nothing To Do With It is just magical - a song about the human condition that has the depth of a Marcus Aurelius meditation as well as a great tune "the clock cannot be turned/ by remorseful yearns/ time has got nothing to do with it". Lovely stuff. Really excellent drum sound too.
Another cracker is Indigo Eyes, which was released as a single and had the best b-side of all time, an incredible live recording of the track God Sends, which isn't included on the bonus disc. The studio recorded version of the track appears on an earlier album, Should The World Fail To Fall Apart but the live version is the one for me. How I wish it could have been included here!
Love Hysteria is such a great, great album. It has an atmosphere, a feeling that runs through the record as a whole - making it one of those (few) albums that works as a one-sitting listen rather than a jumble of unconnected compositions. The use of electronics is judicious - acid house this ain't, it's proper rock music, albeit also pure art.
The artwork has been reproduced without much love. The bonus disc - while welcome, is baffling in its omissions. The remaster is fine.
All in all
A satisfactory reissue of a low-profile classic.
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2014 18:02:00 BDT
J. F. Shaw says:
Great review, couldn't have put it better myself (I mean that literally as you appear to be one of the best reviewers I've read on Amazon). Also, at last, someone other than me thinks the live God Sends on the b-side of Indigo Eyes is amazing. If only they'd included it on the bonus disc...
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2014 18:09:27 BDT
Gerard O'Doherty says:
Wow. Kind words, thanks for reading! Yeah that live God Sends needs to be reissued. What a great rendition it is.
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