Peter Murphy
Ninth


4.5
superb

Review

by Acanthus USER (46 Reviews)
July 1st, 2011 | 18 replies | 5,940 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Godfather of Goth shows the world that his iconic voice is not hindered by age, and offers up one of the best solo albums of 2011 in the process.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Just because a voice helps define a genre does not mean that it ages well, many a defining vocalist has succumbed to the deterioration that comes with age. While they will always be well thought of or even loved for the sound of their glory days it is quite a different matter to listen as the years chip away at that iconic voice; luckily Peter Murphy has none of these issues. Coming off as strongly as his Bauhaus days the 53 year old British singer, actor, and father remains as energetic as ever with his latest solo album, Ninth.

As “Velocity Bird” starts it becomes clear that the recording of the final Bauhaus album, Go Away White, had some influence on Ninth. The track oozes refinement and poise; the guitar work is stately rather than thundering, the bass loud yet proper. The two interweave and switch places on center stage quite frequently, allowing Murphy's metaphorical lines “I'm a velocity bird, in an invisible star. I'm a velocity bird, passing all speeding cars.. your whisper is mine” to stand on vocal prowess alone. While some of Murphy's lines are straight and to the point others have hidden meanings, devout fans will instantly know about the instance from whence the title of “I Spit Roses” gets its name.

The pacing of the album is a relaxing change from the breakneck world of mainstream music, the tracks are allowed to ebb and flow on their own refraining from feeling forced or out of place. Murphy also knows when it is time to bring more of his iconic vocal power to bear, tracks such as “Peace To Each” could easily fit on most of his earlier albums. Album single “I Spit Roses” contains some of the albums most gorgeous lyrical content, though a few listeners will find the repeated use of “I spit roses...” a bit over done for their tastes. Murphy is not content to sit on the lower end of the vocal spectrum either, the higher notes roll out his throat seemingly with no effort whatsoever giving lifetime fans goosebumps.

The quieter moments of Ninth are truly beautiful to behold; “Never Fall Out” does a masterful job of obtaining a peacefulness that few solo albums ever manage to obtain with it's heartfelt lyrics and lower range crooning. Luckily though not every track is something befitting that of an older romantic film score; with a driving bass line, and catchy use of guitar “Memory Go” begins with a sense of urgency that builds until the chorus. And while instrumentally the urgency remains Murphy's voice controls the pace, speeding up and slowing down so as to keep the listener both entertained and on their toes.

Ninth is a superb solo offering wrapped in a timeless post-rock package. The lyrical and vocal prowess of Peter Murphy remains as strong as it did in his younger days, indeed if anything they have matured past that of his glory days. Remaining as poised as the British man himself Ninth is an album full of life and vitality, a cry out to the world that this is one man who is alive and well in these times of turmoil. Beautiful, haunting, driving, and refined; Ninth is a true highlight of 2011.



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Acanthus
July 2nd 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my shorter reviews, but I was starting to fall into a rut structure wise and hopefully this helps with that.

Issues? Let me know.

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2011



7163 Comments


Solid review; I'll pos.

Acanthus
July 2nd 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

!!?!??!?!!?!?

You've made my night sir, I've been trying to take your advice into consideration and make the reviews more professional - thank you!

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2011



7163 Comments


You did a good job, overall. The next step is to up the ante a bit - try and bring your own "voice" into the equation =) What I mean by "the voice" is the ability to make a reader clue into a certain faceless narration when he or she is reading your work. It's the mark of an effective writing style.

I received this advice from thebhoy (Keelan H.), and it's the best morsel of information I can pass around.

Acanthus
July 2nd 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you, I really need to read other reviews more. I'm considering making a list soon asking for rec's on good reviews to read - the longtime users have good ones to share.

pizzamachine
July 2nd 2011



12571 Comments


To be honest Acanthus, you are one of my favorite reviewers, and it is a shame that your reviews are so often ignored. Have a pos.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2011



7163 Comments


You know what I just realized? Acanthus' writing style reminds me a little of Pizza's. LOL.

So stop praising yourself Pizz! Haha! ;)

pizzamachine
July 2nd 2011



12571 Comments


Hahaha so many compliments buzzing around it's getting confusing! Thanks Ving! XD

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2011



7163 Comments


This is the part in the script where we start doing trust falls ;)



Acanthus
July 2nd 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for that Pizza, I try to be consistent and I'm getting better at writing more often; Sputnik's a far better teacher than my college writing course so far. As for being ignored I don't necessarily write on things everyone enjoys, nor do I have a following such as yourself or Irving.

If we're doing trust falls we need a fourth, where's bloc when you need him?

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2011



7163 Comments


I don't have a following! I hardly get any fan mail from people on this site!

Tyrael
July 2nd 2011



20798 Comments


Very nice and informative review Acanthus. Pos.

Acanthus
July 2nd 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Tyraelxy!

@Irving - are you sure you're giving out the correct address?

CarterVance
July 3rd 2011



37 Comments


Didn't know this was out, will definitely have to check it out. Good review, man!

Acanthus
July 3rd 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, hopefully you enjoy it!

fsharptrit0ne
July 3rd 2011



4814 Comments


Great review dude, will check this guy out

Acanthus
July 3rd 2011



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's really good, a return to form compared to his previous two/three albums. And while it's accessible for people who haven't heard him before older fans will still know what to expect too.

Acanthus
November 7th 2013



9537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Forgot about this for awhile, but damn it still rocks.



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