Nearly 25 years after its previous album, BURNING FROM THE INSIDE, the legendary U.K. goth-rock ensemble Bauhaus returned with its purported swan song, GO AWAY WHITE. While the famously brooding band splintered into various acts over the decades--most notably Love and Rockets, Tones on Tail, and frontman Peter Murphy solo--WHITE finds the group sounding remarkably cohesive, and, at times, disarmingly lighthearted.
For better or worse, Bauhaus actually seems to be having fun on the slinky "Too Much 21st Century," the fierce "Adrenalin," and the tongue-in-cheek "Endless Summer of the Damned," all of which feature Murphy gleefully indulging in his 1970s-Bowie-isms, and Daniel Ash casting out barbed guitar lines. Of course, the iconic quartet can't resist a partial return to truly sinister form, as best evinced on "The Dog's a Vapour," a moody track that points to Bauhaus's avant-garde leanings. Though it appears that WHITE won't be a new beginning for the beloved black-clad crew, it does serve as a fine, if unexpected, end.
Uncut (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's rough and ready serrated rock, flush with unapologetic guitar flash from Daniel Ash..."
Alternative Press (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The rhythm section of the Haskins brothers is rock-hard, while guitarist Daniel Ash, allegedly using Jimi Hendrix's original Vox wah wah pedal, sounds fantastic."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.47) - "[With] penetrable, hooky and even foot-tapping fare..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Daniel Ash, whom Murphy lately gifted Jimi Hendrix's original Vox wah wah pedal, spirits up mighty, spacious riffs, groovily backed by David J and Kevin Haskins."
The Word (magazine) (p.100) - "'The Dog's A Vapour' is the oldest number here, and has it all: squealing guitar, stalking bass, rattling drums and a blood-hastening baritone recital from Pete Murphy..."