ALBUM METROPOLIS RELEASE: APRIL,
2002 REVIEW: MAY 22, 2002
one thing you can say about Peter Murphy, he is enigmatic. After the triumph
of 1995's "Cascade", I felt that he could do no wrong. Then came "Recall"
in 1998. This release was one of the worst things I'd ever heard and I
found myself thinking, has he completely lost it? His double live album
(2001's "Alive Just for Love") restored some of my faith in him but still,
it was a live album and not something truly new.
My belief in what this man is capable of has been completely restored
with this new studio album; his first in over six years. If you are looking
for the stylised rock/pop which characterised his other studio albums,
do not bother with this one. This album is immersed in Turkish tradition
and instrumentation, it does not sound like a typical Peter Murphy CD.
The sheer atmospheric wonder of this album is something which is jaw-droppingly
It's hard to pick one song over another off of this disc but if I had
to I would choose "Fake Sparkle or Golden Dust", "Just for Love" and "Your
Face". The two final tracks of the album are remakes of previously released
songs: "My Last Two Weeks" and "Subway (Epilogue)". Both are lightyears
away from what they had been before.
One need not worry about Peter Murphy being able to re-invent himself
ever again, this is his boldest leap forward ever.