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Mask

Bauhaus

1981

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Mask

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2.81

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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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5

Groovy haunted and so well paced

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“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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5

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

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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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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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3

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

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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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3

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

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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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5

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

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5

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

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5

very cool

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4

Nice drum sounds.

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

Pretty cool

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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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Funhaus

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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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4

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

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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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4

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

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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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4

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

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4

I like this FISH CAKES!

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4

Good but not my fav of theirs

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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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4

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

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It rocked... occasionally

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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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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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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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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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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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4

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

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4

Utterly charming. Just the right amount of strange.

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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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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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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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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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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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4

Almost flawless. Better than the debut album?

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4

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

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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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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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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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3

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

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3

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this album.

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3

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

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3

Not bad. Some cool sounds.

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3

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

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3

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

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

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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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🐼

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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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Take a Bau, son

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Really enjoyed this

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Early 80s goth

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

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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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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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3

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

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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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Rating: 5/10

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no strong opinions from me

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3

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

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3

glad I listened, wouldn't put it on again

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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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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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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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Entertaining enough

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groovy and ghostly.

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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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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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3

Strong 3, not my thing but definitely enjoyable

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Pretty fun

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3

Average album 3/5

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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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2.9

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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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Brilliant drumming. Surprisingly accessible. 3/5.

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"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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3

Couple of good ones

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3

ok dunkelt

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

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3

not bad

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3

New wave & post punk.

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

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3

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

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High 3.

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3

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

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

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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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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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This was fine. I didn't hate it.

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

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Industrial post punk

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Fine

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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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Meh

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ziemlich abgespaceder rock

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

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Not really my thing

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It was okay

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Weird hard rock/metal

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

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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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Likely influential

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

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Some good tracks but not for me.

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Meh, wasn't overly into it.

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Gothy. Kind of interesting but sounded like shit production wise

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That was an interesting journey.

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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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Made it half way through. Not half bad.

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

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Nichts schlimm wie befürchtet

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Amazing. Not

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

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

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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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Definitely not my style

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Not good at all

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

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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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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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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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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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Fair

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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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Ajoittain oli jopa ihan svengaavaa menoa, mutta pääosin joutava turhake

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Post punk. Gótico. Extraño. Aburrido.

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Dystert, eksperimenterende 80’er rock, nyskabende

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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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Not really my thing

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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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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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Not too wild about this one either

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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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Not for me.

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I do not dig it

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So this is what I’ve been missing out all this years… quite forgettable

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Couple of good tracks. Better albums by Bauhaus and better albums by others bands in 1981

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Er zitten ook leuke stukjes tussen, maar over all vond ik dit niet voor herhaling vatbaar.

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Het was er ook gewoon de dag niet voor.

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The typical goth kids trying to ape Bowie and smoking clove cigarettes sing about nasty things. Just listen to Bowie or The Cure instead. They still remembered the tunes. Best Tracks: The Passion of Lovers; Kick In The Eye; The Man With X-Ray Eyes

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There were certainly some interesting points and a few fleeting, catchy moments - but most of the time I spent wishing it was over. I did not enjoy listening to this the first time through, and grew increasingly irritable as I slogged through a second listen. I have no desire to hazard a third.

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Another one that I don't think is for me. There is some interest for me with the music, maybe parts in minor keys are intriguing. But that wasn't enough to put this album in the keeper pile.

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Often a second listen helps me to appreciate an album more. It made it worse today. Sometimes a few decades help. Bauhaus was the favorite band of my first college roommate in 1986. I tried then, and I tried today. What is one supposed to feel when one listens to this? And is that something one would choose to feel? *sigh*

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not as interesting as other albums in a similar genre

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Haunted goth sound, very early 80s. not a far four songs in but still willing to give it a chance. So far I'm not enjoying this album. May give some of their other albums a listen but this one wasn't one of my favorites.

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couldn't finish it

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Nope

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Groovy bass lines can't save an album this bad.

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This is a forgettable, generic 80s album for me. It’s fine but not special.

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After the first 2 songs, I thought I'd enjoy this album some but it got so repetitive. There wasn't anything interesting in any of the songs.

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Definitely some different and interesting things going on stylistically, but it just wasn't for me

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Goths are implicitly kooky, but too much of this album is straight up wacky.

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Ja, äh, also. NEE! Die im post-punk weitverbreitete Ideenlosigkeit bringt mich auf die Palme. Dieses Album ist furchtbar.

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Insufferable.

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Not for me

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V. poor indeed

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Nope, didn’t finish didn’t like it.

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Very spacy goth music, it was ok but not my thing. Kick in the Eye had a good beat to it; but songs like Hollow Hills were a bit too artsy and dreary for my taste.

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not my thing. discordant instead of nice.

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Nah, this one hardly does anything for me.

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Well, that was tough. Fav new track: I couldn't...

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Taas tällasta kokeellista meteliä mitä ilmeisesti ei kukaan ollut vielä kokeillut. Buu sägar jag

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Ej det gider jeg faktisk ikke

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Not good

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What the f*** are these songs about? Sounds like someone told an AI to create music and it just spat out some nonsense. I really don’t see any redeeming qualities to this album. 1/10

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1/5 irritating at times!

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po-faced proto goth, slavishly indebted to Bowie for the vocal mannerisms.

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Puts the School in Art School. Not Good.

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Bareuh!

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