Go Away White - Bauhaus
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  • Summary: The first album in over 20 years for the British rock band is also their last.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
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  1. Go Away White is more than a swansong. It's a minor masterpiece that proves Bauhaus has been nicely preserved.
  2. It picks up right where Bauhaus left off: a wet dream for original fans and a blast of recognition for the newly eye-lined.
  3. Go Away White sounds like the four were trying one last time to reclaim the idea of Bauhaus as band and ethos from all the many limiting clichés heaped on it, something which the album title, taken from the song "Black Stone Heart," slyly hints at.
  4. Go Away White is an unevenly inspired valediction.
  5. 60
    Preposterous, but this time knowingly so. [May 2008, p.114]
  6. Like true vampires, Bauhaus still manage to pull off being melodramatic and wickedly energetic even in old age. R.I.P. again.
  7. Frontman Pete Murphy overdoes the drama, leaving little space for the songs to breathe, while his colleagues fail to access the mystique that at their peak, in the early Eighties, served to distinguish them from goth's also-rans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. GropiusWalter
    Mar 5, 2008
    10
    Great...what was the incident that canceled the touring?
  2. ChrisW.
    Mar 4, 2008
    10
    Brilliant! As vital as anything they have ever done. Alas, even though they are no more, welcome back!
  3. RobertL.
    Mar 13, 2008
    9
    It's absolutely everything I would have wanted in another bauhaus album - and MORE!! Cheers! PLEASE do another...and another -- UNDEAD!
  4. WildAnimal
    Mar 6, 2008
    9
    How many albums coming out now were done in first takes? That alone gives them a high score from me. They are much more accomplished How many albums coming out now were done in first takes? That alone gives them a high score from me. They are much more accomplished musicians now and it shows. I love the part mid album about the missing solo! True artists! Expand
  5. TomF.
    Mar 14, 2008
    9
    This is a brilliant farewell by a great band. It sounds just like where they left off 25 years ago, but with the maturity gained by This is a brilliant farewell by a great band. It sounds just like where they left off 25 years ago, but with the maturity gained by continuing to make music the whole time. They did not try to modernize the band, or fit the sounds of today. This is pure Bauhaus circa 1980, and true fans couldn't ask for much more. Expand
  6. Alessandro
    Feb 25, 2009
    9
    I'm still trying to understand how old I am and where I am. Ah, my child's voice, and this, this is a pc. It' s seems all I'm still trying to understand how old I am and where I am. Ah, my child's voice, and this, this is a pc. It' s seems all right, this music may come from some corner in my head or from a incubus. Fan-ta-s-tic. Expand
  7. CaieL.
    Jan 25, 2010
    7
    Bauhaus has ranked in my top 5 of all time since I first heard them in 1987. I was naturally excited when I found out they were making a new Bauhaus has ranked in my top 5 of all time since I first heard them in 1987. I was naturally excited when I found out they were making a new album. This album has most of the hallmarks of Bauhaus but it is missing something, actually it has too much of something. Bauhuas, like their namesake, focused on function over form, stripping away the frivolity to produce a stark black and white soundscape. There are echoes of that for sure on this album, Saved, Mirror Remains and Black Stone Heart exhibit some of their former imagination with disjointed melodies and Daniel Ash's signature guitar, and sax work. As a whole it's a decent album, but take any song off of this album and play it next to Dark Entries, Silent Hedges or Slice of Life and you'll quickly the new songs missing that old Bauhaus magic. Expand

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