Monday, June 2, 2014

Peter Murphy's New Album

This is a reaction, not a review.

On first listen, Lion is incredible--it feels like the Peter Murphy album his fans have been waiting for twenty years. I gather that others appreciated Ninth a lot more than I, but I feel his last wall-to-wall solid album was 1995's Cascade. Until now, that is.

And, for the record, there are songs I love on Dust, Ninth, and even Unshattered, which I feel rivals Holy Smoke for his weakest record. A lot of devoted fans consider it a duty to revere everything their favorite artists do. I'm not one of those. My standard has always been to stay devoted to my rock gods but realistic about their new music. Is this one good enough to draw skeptical former fans back into the fold? In Lion's case, yes.

Honestly, I do not expect much from Murphy anymore, and last year's legal troubles didn't bode well. I was also a bit concerned that this record was produced by Youth--who failed to rescue Echo & the Bunnymen from old age on their so-so new record, Meteorites.

But Lion rocks the hell out. I don't know which of these songs will take hold and grow on me, but this is the best and wildest album I've encountered since last year's Savages debut. And--though it's too soon to say--I suspect this may wind up in my top three favorite Peter Murphy solo albums. That said, Lions would have to surpass Cascade and/or Should the World Fail to Fall Apart. Deep is untouchable. Come to think of it, I'm not yet convinced this is as good as Love Hysteria, fourth on my list.

What's with this ranking business? Old habits die hard. Or don't die.

Bottom line: so far this lamb loves this Lion.

1 comment:

  1. Nice! I didn't even know he had a new album out, and had in fact more or less given up on the man's music, but this song pleases me on first listen, in any event.