Go Away White

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. Those aforementioned past tense references are telling, because that’s exactly where Go Away White sounds as if it belongs: in the past.
  3. Like true vampires, Bauhaus still manage to pull off being melodramatic and wickedly energetic even in old age. R.I.P. again.
  4. Their comeback kicks off in ebullient fashion, with little of the inconsistency that once overshadowed their importance.
  5. Go Away White is an unevenly inspired valediction.
  6. Sadly, this is a posthumous offering that sounds half-finished and, considering they must have known this would be their final statement, like a missed opportunity.
  7. White doesn't quite make good on that potential, the guitar fuzz is too restrained, while Peter Murphy's vocals evoke David Bowie doing funny grandpa voices. [7 Mar 2008, p.93]
  8. While the new material will hardly tarnish the band's legacy, it won't add much, either.
  9. Under The Radar
    60
    It's disappointing that this epilogue couldn't have been crafted with more care. [Spring 2008, p.82]
  10. Mojo
    60
    Preposterous, but this time knowingly so. [May 2008, p.114]
  11. Uncut
    60
    It sounds alive and kicking almost to its own detriment. [Mar 2008, p.83]
  12. Q Magazine
    40
    A quarter of a century on, that still holds, right down to the same old ponderous rhythms, Daniel Ash's screaming guitar fuzz and Peter Murphy's ridiculously portentous vocals. [Apr 2008, p.102]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. BobV
    Dec 10, 2008
    8
    It's good Bauhaus. It's a bunch of old guys, so what can you expect? (I'm an old guy, too) -- it isn't groundbreaking -- It's good Bauhaus. It's a bunch of old guys, so what can you expect? (I'm an old guy, too) -- it isn't groundbreaking -- that's for sure. It stands up very well with the rest of their (limited) work. I was very pleasantly surprised and the record has gone into my regular rotation. Nice work! Full Review »