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Mask

Bauhaus

1981

Mask

Album Summary

Mask is the second studio album by English gothic rock band Bauhaus. It was released on 16 October 1981 by record label Beggars Banquet.

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Rating

2.85

Votes

4718

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

It’s somewhat reminiscent of Joy Division in that it has that Martin Hannett style wall of sound production that sounds like it was recorded underwater or in someone’s bathroom. Unlike Joy Division though, this was good, not as depressing and didn’t want to make me slit my wrists. It’s just balls to the floor straight ahead industrial post/punk no wave that often funks. It’s good stuff and you can dance to a lot of it. Even better, for once the bonus tracks are not just a bunch of shit demos slapped on the end as an afterthought, they actually add to the overall package, rather than detract from it. Winning!

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Wed May 05 2021
5

This whips ass. They've got a dude who's probably a worse vocalist than me, the thinnest, shittiest production imaginable and they've swathed the whole thing in reverb. It's simply majestic as to the degree that this sucks, therefore it gets a maximum score from yours truly.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Groovy haunted and so well paced

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

“Mask” by Bauhaus (1981) Never heard this album or group. I’m familiar with Bauhaus, the original early 20th century German art movement, and this group attempts to do a similar thing in the 1980s. Formal order to the point of monotony, accentuating the surrounding chaos. It’s cool. Fascinating, even. Proto-goth rock, anyone who enjoys both Jane’s Addiction and David Bowie will enjoy this album, if he or she has the patience for nearly unending minor keys and mechanical proto-disco rhythms. Thoughtful lyrics, even if frequently obscure. For example, in “Fear of Fear”, we get a hopeful message, encouraging the listener to overcome his or her insecurities or anxieties, bringing to mind that strange advice from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, which is the silliest advice ever to receive public acclamation. I think Bauhaus would agree. Nice ‘tribute’ to Debbie Harry on “Harry”, although I’m not sure how she would feel about the line “They'll line you up and strip you down and then you'll see / That you're still the horny two-eyed bitch you used to be”. The song "1. David Jay 2. Peter Murphy 3. Kevin Haskins 4. Daniel Ash" is very cool. Actual backmasking as an art form on “4. Daniel Ash”. Wonderful fishcake recipe on “2. Peter Murphy”. Highly recommended. Musically, the album is inventive (this 1981, remember), and it is performed with exactitude, both in the solid grounding of the rhythm section and the sometimes ethereal melodies and harmonic flourishes. Lots of 1980s electronic experimentation. A good album, if somewhat dated. 3/5

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Wed May 05 2021
5

I like it and I’m really sorry that girl sold all your shit, Andy. Five stars.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

love my sad boi music this album feels so cohesive, there's not a song that feels out of place

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Funhaus

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

A bit weird, it didn't wake up anything inside me, but also didn't bothered me to listen

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

This was very....strange. I was expecting something like Joy Division or The cure (things that I like), but it was more...darker and strange. I liked it, but not too much.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

A solid post punk album, one that made me want to hear live.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

Des bruits bizarres puis d'autres bruits et encore des bruits bizarres, c'est vraiment pas le style de musique que je préfère. Reprends toi rapidement Robert.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Time to put on my darkest eyeliner, it's goth time

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Sat Apr 09 2022
5

Kamalt El Hadra 8.M Rbo3 Etheleth M 3l Bouheli Mte3 Dostoevsky.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

very cool

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

I love this type of sound, absolute genius

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Good goth fun.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

2.84??? This is so awesome! Easy 5/5. Sad but wired stuff.

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Fri Sep 04 2020
4

Nice drum sounds.

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Thu Oct 08 2020
4

1981. Key Songs: Kick in the Eye, The Man with X-Ray Eyes, Dancing

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Never would have checked these guys out, like it a lot! Other bands borrowed from them for sure

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Creepily good. The album cover is a masterpiece. Bass and guitar on ‘Dance’ is dope.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Pretty cool

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Puro sonido post-punk / siniestro / gothic rock . Canciones como Hair of the dog, Kick in the eye, Muscle in plastic o The man with X-Ray eyes. Pueden gustar más o menos pero creo que definen un sonido que luego se ha replicado con más éxito por otras bandas. El bajo, la batería o las guitarras afiladas. Estos discos en vinilo los estuve buscando eternamente sin éxito. Son 3 estrellas sobradas, pero les voy a dar 4 por que últimamente he estado muy rácano.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

I kind of love how bad the production is on this. It can't destroy how much I like these songs. Not an album I was familiar with before, but will listen again.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Pretty good album. Never heard of it, but it's a solid mix of goth rock and pop.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Absolutely loved it. I only give it 4 stars because The last songs of the album felt quite weak for me

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Can hear a lot of ways that they influenced later artists. Interesting stuff!

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

As I approach my mid-30’s, the biggest driver of what I listen to is that I’m a Deadhead - so the great majority of the time that I’m listening to music, it’s jam bands, or the myriad of genres they draw their influence from. Even in such a kaleidoscope of musical styles, goth rock isn’t one of them. However, when I was in high school I listened to a ton of 80’s alternative & indie, so Bauhaus is a band I’ve known of for years upon years, all the songs most people know like “Bella Lugosi’s Dead”, “Stigmata Martyr” or this album’s own “The Passion of Lovers”, to name a few. I’d always figured these guys were more of a singles band than anything else, and for the first five songs of this record the music was mostly background noise in my AirPods while I went about some chores at home. Imagine my surprise when I reached “Kick in the Eye” and a bass line started that sounded like something Phil Lesh would’ve laid down on a version of “Dancing in the Street” from the late 70’s - I sat up straight and the album had my full attention! From that point on it’s more like a melange of goth, funk, and experimentalism, and a far more interesting album than what the initial five tracks suggest.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

I had no idea what to expect, but thoroughly enjoyed the album.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

I like this FISH CAKES!

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

Good but not my fav of theirs

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

I might be a Bauhaus fan now! Kind of had them looped in with The Cure but I enjoyed it more than them. I can definitely see where AFI got some of their modern sound.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Enjoyed the music, not in love with the filler noise stiff.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

It rocked... occasionally

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

El disco se me hizo pesado. Sólo conocía The Passion of Lovers. Aunque brinca entre el post-punk y lo gótico, se nota un estilo bien definido que terminará siendo una gran influencia durante todos los ochentas, sólo no entiendo Harry, que parece más una canción de Soda Stereo en el 88. 3.5 Estrellas que voy a subir a 4 porque sí es un gran disco aunque no sea de mi total agrado. Songs: The Passion of Lovers, The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

3.5 | Supuse que Bauhaus estaría en algún lugar de la lista. No se si vaya a venir el debut pero creo que esta es la elección obvia para poner en caso de solo poner un disco. Aunque personalmente me agrada mucho más algo como Bela Lugosi is Dead aquí es música mucho más accesible, a pesar de iniciar con dos canciones poco convencionales el resto del disco es bastante melódico, en tanto que el disco anterior podía sentirse aun más oscuro que el que ha tocado de The Cure aquí se siente más hacia ese sonido de Siouxsie. Son los verdaderos padres del Gótico (al menos en mi opinión) y creo que es muy simple, a quien le gusta el estilo le pueden encantar, a quien no le gusta le sonarán a escuincles pretenciosos hablando de lo oscuuuuro que es mi vida. Debo decir que caigo en el primer campo.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Surprisingly accessible and clear to hear how Bauhaus have influenced other bands. The Bravery, Interpol. lots of Bauhaus in their sound. I always had Bauhaus pegged as a band that were impressive but difficult to love, that's changed after spending time with this album. I'll definitely be dipping further into their work

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

This is a very weird moody album but I mostly really dug it even if it’s a bit hard to get into. 4/5

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Definitely got more into it the more of a chance I gave it. It has that 80s vocal-trappings which sometimes bring it down a bit for me, but damn there are some nice grooves in here as well as some interesting instrumentation. Had to listen to it twice, was originally a 3.5 rounded down to 3 but I think I have to go up to 4 since it is intriguing enough to me. Especially as the album evolves/devolves into experimental.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

I'm a sucker for this kind of monochromatic music.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Utterly charming. Just the right amount of strange.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Absolutely loved this album, totally off the wall, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't find the lyrics captivating. Interesting.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

Never got into Bauhaus which is weird as they would seem on the surface to be right in my wheelhouse. Well the first two songs are great and there are a couple surprisingly good dance tracks. 1. David Jay 2. Peter Murphy 3.... is a strange trip of a song. There's some real variety here and its less dark than anticipated. Enjoyed it more than I thought 3.75

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

I had never heard of this. They really brought out the fun in goth. I loved the theatricality of the album. So many unexpected twists and turns in each song.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Aw such an immersion of memories for me! Remember booking this out from my local library. Creds to the librarian who added it to the stock!

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Highlight: Kick in the Eye, The Passion of Lovers. I'm not sure how to interact with this album. It feels like it's having a conversation I don't know enough to keep up with.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Almost flawless. Better than the debut album?

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Not as gothy as I thought it would be. Still a unique voice and sound though.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

I like this record more when it's energy levels are higher. The varied instrumentation, including saxophone and piano, are nice. The slower, darker moments are also nice, though my attention is held more during the livelier tracks. Favorite tracks: "Of Lillies and Remains", "Dancing", "The Man With X-Ray Eyes"

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

I like this style in general, and some of the tracks sound very different and interesting. The album is a bit long, though; there is definitely some filler that could be left out.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Love a bit of goth and post-punk, and wasn't familiar with this album, so it was a very nice discovery. Judging by some of the reviews I need to get hold of the CD reissue as some of the bonus tracks generated quite a few comments... Fave track - "The Man With X-Ray Eyes" sounded most gothy. Liked the dancepunkiness of "Dancing", too...

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Long time listent of Bauhaus, very enjoyable.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Spooky season is upon us and I am loving this emo boy music

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Very interesting sounds! Still pretty 80s

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Wait until mid-album. It gets worth it.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Driving guitar, intense music from the experimental legends of alternative rock.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Loved this. Bowie meets Art Brut and that is right up my straße

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

It doesn't have Bela Lugosi's Dead on it, but I still enjoy it. Have never listened to the album in its entirety and it doesn't quite all gel for me but still liked most of it. I know it's gothish, but also strikes me like David Bowie made an album with The Doors after they finished Soft Parade.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

This is Tuesday 11 pm WPRB music. It definitely has a crowd, I’m just not in it. In a purely neutral way, it has a timeless quality, it’s hard to assess when it came out without checking. This band feels very influential, “Hollow Hills” feels like the intro to a nirvana song, so clearly the band is pulling on the right strings. Kick In the Eye is a really tight song, and a much better use of that plunky 80s bass sound than yesterday’s album

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

This kind of classic gothy post-punk tends to be to my taste. It might have to do with the rhythms. Must investigate further

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

This one took me a few days to digest, I wasn't really sure if I liked it or not at first. I've heard of Bauhaus before but I don't think I've listened to them actively. I knew this was going to be gothic rock so I expected something like The Cure, but I was surprised by just how dark and rough this is. Some of the songs were familiar to me, but the two singles(?), "The Passion of Lovers" and "Kick in the Eye" didn't appeal to me as much as the fantastic "Hollow Hills", "The Man With X-Ray Eyes", and "Mask". I think I'll be revisiting it a lot, and I'm delighted to have found it. It's a 4 for me right now because I find it a bit uneven, but I could see the punkier songs growing on me, which could eventually raise it to a 5. Side note: I'm getting sick of the sneaky "Bonus tracks" and "Deluxe Editions" on Spotify. They should be either clearly labelled as bonus or you should be able to filter for the original version. With this album, the title track has a very definite end to it which is kind of spoiled by the 5 off cuts that follow it. Plus it makes the album like 50% longer...I have over 1000 albums to get through here!

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

I know of Bauhaus but never heard them. This kinda industrial/EBM/goth stuff is something I'm both interested in and skeptical of. Some of it is cool, some is a real pain to sit through tho, especially the early stuff (and this is 81). Ok this is catchy, has that early industrial ebm kinda rawness but it's almost surf rocky in a way. I know it is at least close to predating the Misfits, but there's a horrorpunk vibe to it almost, at least the more rockabilly kinda end. I think it's just a shame the production is so dated - it sounds almost antique in 2021. Compare to an album like floodland, which was only 5-6 years later etc. Not too bad though, better than expected 3/5.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

5/19 3.5/5. Dark, experimental, interesting goth-rock album. Standout Tracks: Of Lillies and Remains, Hollow Hills, The Man with X-Ray Eyes, 1. David Jay 2. Peter Murphy 3. Kevin Haskins 4. Daniel Ash, Satori

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Not tuneful enough for me but I liked the spikiness and mood.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this album.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Interesting. Not sure what I expected but I liked it.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Not bad. Some cool sounds.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Second half way better than the first bc of how experimental it is.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Sucks it wasn’t on apple, but it was surprisingly varied so pretty good

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Ближе к 4, альбом но не плохой но впринципе прям песен не выделилось

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Mon May 31 2021
3

The Godfathers of Goff sounding not very goffy. Presumably there was already a goff backlash by 1981 that they were trying to avoid. The album is fine but is very post-punk by numbers in comparison to the originality of their early output. The change of direction is pretty understandable though, once you've released Bela Lugosi's Dead, toured in a hearse and risen out of coffins on stage every night you're probably just about running out of goff road to run.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

🐼

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Goddamnit Bauhaus. It's 80F on a Wednesday, the sun is high, the birds are chirping, and I wanna listen to LA BAMBA. I've been one album behind on 1001 for weeks, and I want to catch up so I can chop it up with the Mayo crew. No one wants to chat about Bauhaus the day after Bauhas was supposed to be reviewed. I try not to do this, but cheated and read Bauhaus' Spotify description, which says they're the founding fathers of goth rock. Well Bauhaus, get your architecture straight. Bauhaus is quirky and utilitarian and has nothing in common with Gothic style. Your music is Dada. C-

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Take a Bau, son

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Really enjoyed this

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

Early 80s goth

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Pretty much passed me by. It was on while I was in the garden, I don't remember hating it, but I wasn't comfortable making the neighbours listen to it. I did have sudden urges to do some south park goth dancing though.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

the fathers of goth rock, they're certainly influential, but it's not really my taste

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

It's interesting hearing the roots of joy division and the cure but didn't really think too much of the album, and the second to last song was super out of place

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Det enda jag hade hört från Bauhaus tidigare var Bela Lugosi's Dead, och det är verkligen ett band som faller mig i smaken. Väldigt Joy Division-esque, men lite rockigare och i vissa låtar lite lekfullare. Även om det är överhängande mörkt och gothigt blir det inte alltid 100% depp. I slutet av sista låten på albumet, titelspåret (räknar inte med bonuslåtarna från nyutgåvan), kommer ett förtrollande skarpt gitarrplockande, så olikt allt annat på albumet att det är omöjligt att inte haja till, otroligt bra. Bästa låt: Hollow Hills. Lyssnade bara igenom en gång, och det var denna som stack ut. Här är det dock verkligen 100% depp, mycket stämningsfull och otäck.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Objectively a great album. Not really my cup of tea.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Love the first song. Hard, but not too hard. This album's influence can be found all through out punk and hardcore I think. It gets really weird, not in a good way, at the end.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

Rating: 5/10

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

no strong opinions from me

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

solid, did not seem to distinguish from other punk rock.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

glad I listened, wouldn't put it on again

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

I had some Bauhaus on vinyl back in the day. I thought they were good but not great. My view hasn't changed.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Full of funky bass lines, this record is a window into the house I lived in, in 1981/82. This record was always on the turntable and caused my roommate to die his hair black, and start wearing eyeliner. It sounds a bit sad and dated now, but the memories are worth at least a three.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

It's raw, dark, and distinctively gothic. Very true to the punk formula but really takes the "screw everything" to an entirely new level. Vocals are bad. Production is off. Instruments clash. This all sets a high level of dissonance and chaos that makes for a haunting listen. Perhaps a "so bad it's good" situation. However, I feel their previous album did this a lot better. This album is still cohesive but experiments too much without having the ideas flourish as desired. The first side is pretty great, and if the second side were the same, I would have given it 4 stars. The second side of the album is way poppier, feeling more like a "dark New Wave" people can dance to. "Kick in the eye" is great, "The Man with x-ray eyes" is decent, "Mask" is ok (too experimental but I like it), and "In Fear of Fear" and "Muscle in Plastic" are poor choices. Favorite tracks: The Passion of Lovers, Hallow Hills, Kick in the eye

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

Entertaining enough

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

groovy and ghostly.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

kind of a weird pick for this list, but still a fun look into a lesser known bauhaus album. the entire thing seems and sounds slapdash which is pretty cool when it works, which is less often than you want.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Mask is "experimental" in that inconsistent way where half of these tracks kind of kick ass, and the other half makes them sound like a goth rock take on the B-52s—which is something I wish I could say as a compliment. That being said, the album is propelled by the MVP work of Kevin Haskins and David J to the point that even the misfires usually have a sick bass line or drum pattern to latch onto while everybody else is doing whatever weird bullshit they wanted to fit into the record. It's solid, just maybe steer clear of those reggae-infused bonus tracks.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Strong 3, not my thing but definitely enjoyable

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Pretty fun

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Average album 3/5

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir qu'aujourd'hui, le générateur a élu l'un de ses chouchous comme album du jour, avec The Dark Side Of The Moon de Pink Floyd. J'ai depuis de nombreuses années défendu le fait que cet album était un album surcoté, seulement apprécié d'une classe de hipsters se la jouant puriste. L'heure est venue de le démontrer. Je dispose d'actuellement un album de retard, avant le grand affrontement avec les Pink Floyd. Tenez vous prêt, les murs vont trembler.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

2.9

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

I've never heard of Bauhaus before, but you can for sure hear how they've influenced later post punk bands and early goth rock bands. It's not my go to genre by any stretch of the imagination and I'm just not into some of the songs. But there are some absolute winners here.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Brilliant drumming. Surprisingly accessible. 3/5.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

"Muscle In Plastic" has good bass and drums and energy and stuff -Some cool bass lines and guitar sounds in "Hollow Hills" -"Kick In The Eye" has got a nice bass and drum groove -Not a whole lot making me want to come back to it

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Couple of good ones

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

ok dunkelt

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

El rock gòtic té la particularitat de poder ser escoltat tantes vegades calgui, que mai cansa, sempre es troben nous moments i cançons que havien estat passades per alt destaquen en una nova escolta. Com a mínim és el que passa amb els seus millors discos. 'Mask' està a prop de ser-ho. No és el millor de la banda i està lluny d'estar entre els millors del génere, però les escoltes, si es trien bé, mai es fan pesades i temes com 'Hair of the Dog', 'Kick in the Eye' o 'Passion of Lovers' sempre són benvinguts

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

I enjoyed this early touchstone in gothic rock more than I thought I would, and grateful it's not anything above 35 minutes, but I won't be particularly excited to hear it again. Bassist David J is like someone in fancy dress at a funeral: he's having a great time and keeping things entertaining where nobody else is. His accomplished basslines are the reason to hear (and revisit) the songs "Dancing", "Kick in the Eye" and "In Fear of Fear". Peter Murphy's vocals are very low in the mix and occasionally cut through ("Dancing"). They have next-to-no finesse or technique, but serve the songs and add to the gloomy atmosphere very well. Drums are primal and tight, ranging from tom-based patterns on the opening track to a bona-fide disco beat in "Kick in the Eye." There are some other highlights here: "Of Lilies and Remains" is a bleakly engaging spoken-word narrative with an interesting concept and lyrics. "Hollow Hills" is dark, brooding, formless- gothic rock at its most indulgent. It's the upbeat material that appeals most to me here, mainly on account of the bass-playing. The songs and the mood are solid, but it's one I'll have to be under a certain cloud to revisit.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Ah, the first goth band. The lyrics were the best part, with the style of song delving into funk at times. I can’t rate the bonus tracks, though I did like them a little better than the album. A lot more of the “spooky reggae” sound that Bauhaus is known for, including a song about Debbie Harry of Blondie, and a recipe for fish cakes. Still not sure why this album was chosen of Bauhaus’ debut, “In the Flat Field”, which is more influential and arguably a better album. Still though, this album wasn’t bad.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

I wanted to like it more, some tracks were 100x better than others.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

not bad

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

New wave & post punk.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

I didn’t listen to it all, but I enjoyed the dramatic gothic sound!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Some of the songs were groundbreaking. Some sounded like a dude with a synth on a dare.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

High 3.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Beetje Joy Division-achtig. Niet alles even goed maar heb toch ook best leuke nummers voorbij horen komen.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Was best leuk eigenlijk. Niet briljant, maar ik had iets anders verwacht, dus ik was blij verrast.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

I’ve never listened to Bauhaus before and I get the sense this probably shouldn’t have been my first taste of them. It’s okay, but maybe a bit melodramatic for my tastes.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

It's somewhere between Joy Division's mechanical gloom and The B-52's' quirky yelping. Admittedly that sounds like quite an eclectic mix, but having heard quite a few albums of this era now I'd say other groups seemed to be doing similar kinds of things at around the same time, but slightly better. The title track was my favourite. 2.5

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

This was fine. I didn't hate it.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

not bad

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Interesting tidbit: 3/4 members would later become Love and Rockets.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Industrial post punk

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Fine

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Powrot do wyspiarskiego grania z Maskiem drugim studyjnym albumem bandy Bauhaus, ktorzy graja gothicowego rocka, ktory raczej przypomina post punkowe granie do ktorego juz lista troche zdazyla przyzwyczaic, plyta z 81, jesli chodzi o sklad bandy to klasyczny setup drumy, bas, gitara lub klawisze, dodatkowym elementem ktory wyroznia nagranie jest saksa grana przez pana Daniela Asha, ktory poza gitarkami elektrykowymi czy akustykowymi gra jeszcze na wspomnianej saksie, jak na poprzednim picku wokalnie bylo ciekawie tak na tym krazku fajerwerkow nie ma, spiewane jak polowa pickow z tamego okresu na liscie, ale za to instrumentalnie cos sie dzieje, a za tym czyms stoi glownie produkcja nad ktora czuwal jeden z czlonkow bandy, pan od wokali Peter Murphy, wiec slychac niecodzienne wykorzystanie overdubowanych wokali do tworzenia lejerow, czy efektow smyrajacych jedno czy drugie ucho, tak w ogole zauwazylem jak genialnie brzmia traki mono na prawdziwym naglosnieniu, jak ostatnio na gymie lecialy jakies kinksy i raz z jednej, raz z drugiej strony cos czlek slyszal, fajne uczucie w tak duzym pomieszczeniu, nadaje to muzycie jakiegos dodatkowego wymiaru, moze przypominajacego granie stadionowe, co do strony lirycznej nagrania to creditowana jest cala banda jako autorzy i wyszlo z tego mocno paczworkowe horusowe 34 minuty materialu, ktory najczesciej jest prosty lirycznie z miejscami na ballade czy dwie, a to ze pisla cala banda slychac najlepiej na traku bonusowego zatytulowanego po prostu 1. David Jay 2. Peter Murphy 3. Kevin Haskins 4. Daniel Ash, wiec kazdy z czlonkow mial swoja wlasna zwrotke, na tym utworze podnosza do potegi te paczworkowatosc ktora czuc przez caly krazek, co nie zmienia faktu, ze proste traki, ktore jednak cos soba przekazuja bez potrzeby ich rozszyfrowywania sa przyjemna odmiana po kimonowych zagadkach, na plejke dodam in fear of of fear i the man with x ray eyes

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Bauhaus are one of the fewer seminal 80s "alternative" bands that I hadn't spent a lot of time with. This album makes me feel the rest of the catalogue is worth some further listens. Overall a really solid sound. 3.5/5

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Good kraut punk

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

An artist taking risks. A collection of experimental songs. Creative sound all over the album. Post punk at the top. It worth to be in the list.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

I haven’t listened to much of them in the past. This one hasn’t changed that.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

An elusive album, hard to pin down and find its core. There’s something good going on here but what it is I don’t yet know.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Similar vocal stlyle to the Sisters of Mercy. Not bad, but a bit dirgy - though an incongruous track about pancakes surprised me.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

punkzinho e pa até vai mas nao curto tanto a sonoridade

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

Pretty good, groovy album. I know that bauhaus was like an art movement that was very ~cool~ and avant garde, so I was expecting some art rock type of sound here and it's a little more straightforward than what I expected. I guess I thought it would sound more like bauhaus art looks? I so however think the tracks "Ear Wax" and "1. David Jay 2. Peter Murphy 3. Kevin Haskins..." do bit of this abstract sound that I was looking for. I do like the wacky synths on "In Fear of Fear". I do love the piano slams at the end of "Muscle in Plastic". I do like the weird panned plucked instruments (filtered guitars?) at the midway point in "Mask". This whole track is cool and sounds like the band Interpol to me (even though Interpol came out after this band). I do like the mostly~ bass solo track "In Fear of Dub". Oddly enough most of the songs that I like the most on this album are the ones with the lowest play counts on Spotify. I ended up liking the album more the further I got into it.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
3

The vocals remind me a little of the weirdo theatricality of The B-52’s and the music is similar to the muscular and moody post-punk we heard on albums by The Cure and The Smiths. The band also reminded me of a more modern indie band that I like, Wolf Parade. Bauhaus was probably an influence on them. Overall I enjoyed this. It’s dark and a little wild. But I enjoyed it at a bit of distance. Cool to hear but nothing I’ll revisit anytime soon.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Quirky as hell. At times it's spooky vampire music, with a couple departures for island vibes. It's weird but I kinda like it. I don't know a thing about this band but if they've got anymore Dracula in Jamaica albums, I'd be down to try 'em out. Favorite tracks: Mask, Ear Wax, The Passion of Lovers. Album art: Really like the art style, as much as I normally think black and white is bland. Guy on the left looks like Walter White as the Joker. He's with an alien and a panda bear? What the hell is this album? 3/5

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Bauhaus is not for me.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

first listen NOT my thing

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Crazy weird album, I think I like their newer stuff more though.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

album de rock gotico y post punk en toda su regla, pero que al mismo tiempo no se encasilla en ese sonido que muchas veces caracterizaba a estos generos y era dificil "diferenciarse" de un joy division o the cure. El album arranca lugubre con "hair of the dog" y sus sonidos catastroficos impertinentes. Esta cancion cuenta la historia de un hombre el cual pelea por cosas y sigue intentandolo como un "perro", una ludica cancion como muchas de este album que hasta llegan a tocar el "dance punk" muchas veces, un gran ejemplo es "kick in the eye". este es un album muy completo y gran representante de sus generos abarcativos, como al mismo tiempo un gran introducidor de ellos teniendo cambios de estilo constante que no te hacen soltar. Este trata miles de temas como el amor, la constancia, el miedo (mejor dicho "el miedo al miedo"). fav songs: hair of the dog of lillies and remains ✰ hollow Hills ✰ 3.5

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Honestly this music seemed pretty silly to me.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Standard 80's experimentalist indie music. ok but not anything i would bother listening to again although fair play for having a song about fishcakes!

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Yea it's not bad I suppose

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Innovative but now sounds a bit bland

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Pretty trippy

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

I liked the vibe, just wasn't too impressed by it.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

I liked the couple of songs where they pushed the envelope further, but generally I felt that most songs were just worse than comparable ones from The Cure. 5/10

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

5/10. Thoroughly blah

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Killing Joke

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Was not expecting the mid-album switch to hip-hop! 3 stars

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Murphy's vocals good, music good too.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Great texture, and a couple of decent songs. Bauhaus as a school of thought is all about how form follows function. This is more style over substance. Great style.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

So anyone gonna follow up on that fish cakes recipe?

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Enjoyed this one but I guess expected a bit more. Feels like they had plenty of great ideas but didn’t really finish working on them or as if these are merely leftovers from other projects. Still, The Passion of Lovers is a great track. And I guess I expected more of the same, but didn’t really get it in the end. Overall I really enjoyed the cold winter vibes and I got to listen to it on the first day of snowfall which was just perfect coincidence and helped me immerse more into the atmosphere of the album. One thought I had while listening: it could use much more synths In the back. The additional material on the Spotify version is simply bad and completely superfluous. 3.5/5

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

Ok

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

This falls into that category of music I don't mind but also don't love. It's decent, nothing bad about it, but it also doesn't grab me for the most part. 3 stars.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Great originality and energy. I came in wanting to love it, but the style just doesn’t grip me, so I came out liking it.

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

It was okay, might give it a few more listens.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Sep 16 2020
2

ziemlich abgespaceder rock

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Sun Feb 14 2021
2

This is industrial rock, which is ok in my book; however every song sounded the same.

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Wed May 05 2021
2

Not really my thing

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

It was okay

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Weird hard rock/metal

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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

Lyrics were hard to discern and I don't like that. There were a couple of cool riffs but apart from that music was not my style.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Muziek van Bauhaus is niet echt mijn muzieksmaak, beetje te abstract en vaag

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

A slow album. I hadn't really listened to Bauhaus before and I was really into the instrumentals, but the lyrics is where it broke down for me. The singing never seemed more than something that was tacked on. It was slow, not very melodic and didn't really flow. A very monotone style on top of some interesting sounds. It just fell flat for me. At times it seems like he was just trying to cram too many words into the songs narrative ("tge passion of lovers"). It all started of great the screeching guitars and nice drum beats ("hair of the dog") but once the singing started I lost interest. Overall an ok album.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

Likely influential

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Interesting, fun at times, but also abstract. Electro funk pop, something.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Some good tracks but not for me.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
2

Meh, wasn't overly into it.

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Gothy. Kind of interesting but sounded like shit production wise

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Thu May 06 2021
2

That was an interesting journey.

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Thu May 06 2021
2

Wow, that sure was weird, intense, experimental. It had sine high points, but ultimately kind of jarring and annoying. A lot of cool things happening with instrumentation, there’s industrial, reggae, new wave, post punk, I hear Japanese drums, synths, weird distortion. I hear the roots of cure, echo abd the bunny men, devo, B-52s. I have trouble trying to imagine what context I’d like to listen to this album. They’re doing really interesting things, but the singer is annoying. C

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Made it half way through. Not half bad.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Sounded like bad Joy Division. 2 star for some of the bass playing in it, singing and lyrics are not for me.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Started with a 4 star and by the end of it I was ready to rip my ears off.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Nichts schlimm wie befürchtet

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Amazing. Not

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Was mildly interested in listening to this - I think the only song I'd ever heard from Bauhaus was "Bela Legosi's Dead" which is 9 minutes that should be 2, but I'll give them a pass since I think they were each like 7 years old when they recorded it. Quick research shows this is their second album and being Goth "pioneers" this was apparently where they expanded their sound. It's ... weird. Which was expected. It's also very 1981 which is neither good nor bad but the sound/production alone makes it very much of its time for what that's worth. "Of Lilies and Remains" reminds me a little of some old Gang of Four with the aggressive guitar parts. Overall it's definitely appropriate that I'm listening to this in my darkened basement :) - it's not bad at all, although I can see how some people might loathe this. I prefer [vocalist] Peter Murphy's later highly melodic and darkly catchy solo hit "Cut You Up" much more as this album is more experimental and aggressive/noisy. In the end it definitely does what it set out to do and invoke a very cold/dark mood - i.e. they're good at what they do but aside from a knowing nod if I hear it anywhere I doubt I'd go out of my way for this outside of Halloween :P 5/10 2 stars

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

just overall weird. not a great super fun vibe and it was just not my favourite

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Thu May 20 2021
2

most of the songs I didn't like, some for the music, some for the singer

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Mon May 24 2021
2

While I do not find myself very engaged in the goth-rock theme or aesthetic, I was not entirely unconvinced by this effort. I appreciate the distinguishments shown in their style, in contrast to their contemporaries, Joy Division and The Cure, which I found to be a bit too aggressively poppy in parts of their discographies. However, I do wish Bauhaus went a bit further in vocal energy to showcase their unique style. Only on the Passion of Lovers did I find the vocals engaging, the rest is passable but not enough for me to be greatly memorable. On the instrumental-side, David Jay and In Fear of Dub are absolute highlights in their orginality and composition. Overall I feel a 2/5 is deserved.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

Definitely not my style

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

Not good at all

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

I'm not a fan of Bauhaus the art movement, Bauhaus the band, or even Bauhaus the font. It's all too tryhard. This album is no exception. It's trying so hard to be dark and gritty but without committing to the bit. Ultimately, this is just bland British take on a boring German art movement. The end result sounds like someone dropped their doomcookie in the schoolyard sandbox. And just like that sand-covered cookie, it's unpalatable.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Meh, pretty boring. Sounded a little like devo and talking heads combined possibly?

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

I was hoping this album would feature their cover of Brian Eno's "Third Uncle" as its my fav Bauhaus song, but no such luck. Unfortunately this album didn't have anything to hook me and I think The Cure and Joy Division were much better at the Dance/Goth thingy. I also penalize it for sounding so dated today.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

I think the vast majority of people who know Bauhaus are really only familiar with "Bela Lugosi's Dead". But since that single never made it onto an album, 1001 serves up this LP to pay hommage to these pioneers of Goth. I like Passions of Lovers but which reminds me of Joy Division, the next track is edgy and reminds me of the aforementioned Bela, but the rest...

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

I get that these guys were innovative and unique for the time. You can definitely tell they influenced a lot of my favorite 80s bands. That said, this album didn't really do anything for me.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
2

Didn't grab me at all. I haven't read why this album is in the list yet so I may miss its historical significance

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

Fair

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

Tiene sus momentos, a veces pasado de darks y gótico… pero cuando llegamos al rollo de los Fish Cakes me perdieron. Nunca había oído más allá de una rola o dos de Bauhaus (ninguna de este disco) y ya me imaginaba que iban a estar en la lista (por su importancia histórica) y que no me iba a encantar. Ni modo, lo darks, lo gótico, los toques de electrónica, lo demasiado alternativo no es para mí.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

Ajoittain oli jopa ihan svengaavaa menoa, mutta pääosin joutava turhake

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

Post punk. Gótico. Extraño. Aburrido.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Dystert, eksperimenterende 80’er rock, nyskabende

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Didn’t really know what to take away from this album. Felt Like it was all over the place as an alternative album. There were parts that were harder rock and others that felt more foreign and indie style. Overall it never really gelled together and felt messy. 3.6/10

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

Not really my thing

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Ihme synkistelyä. Ei oikein osu omaan musiikkimakuun tämä. Toisaalta kyllä tuolta pari ihan menevääkin rallia löytyi (Kick in the eye, In Fear of Fear). Silti kaksi kuuntelukertaa riitti mielipiteen muodostamiseen.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Oli jo vähän kasari-ennakkoluuloja valmiiksi ja myös hesarissa pari päivää sitten ollut 80-luvulla eläneistä helsinkiläisistä vaihtoehtonuorista kertonut juttu, jossa mainittiin että kuuntelivat esim Bauhausia aiheutti ennakkoinhoreaktion. Positiivisena asiana oli, että olisi tämä voinut kuulostaa enemmänkin kasarilta, se varmaan vaikuttaa että levy on julkaistu 1981, kun vuosikymmen ei ollut kuin vasta aluillaan. Negatiivisena, että tästä tuli mieleen Talking Heads ja Brian Eno. Ei jatkoon.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

Not too wild about this one either

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

So i'd listened to this when it came up a couple of months ago and forgot to rank it. That's because it's quite forgettable. So i've re-listened to it. It's how i'd imagine a soundtrack to East Germany (done by a 1981 English band).

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

Not for me.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

I do not dig it

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