Peter Murphy - _Alive: Just for Love_
(Metropolis, 2001)
by: Aaron McKay (8.5 out of 10)
Countless kudos to Metropolis for picking up Peter Murphy for a deal. Anyone sneering at this writer's appreciation for Mr. Murphy's brilliant performance capability has never seen him live. My first time bearing witness to Peter Murphy on stage was in St. Pete, Florida with Nine Inch Nails opening the show in support of _Pretty Hate Machine_ (that dates me, huh?). My esteem for this artist has done nothing if not spiked to new heights. _Alive: Just for Love_ is a double live CD and a masterful cross-section Murphy's talent and tenure as a soloist, as well as with Bauhaus. Even covering some of his former band's songs on disc two, "Who Killed Mr. Moonlight", "All We Ever Wanted" and "Hope (Midnight Proposal)", joined for those tracks by David J., formerly of Bauhaus, too. The guitarist is also someone you may recognize -- Peter DiStefano of Porno for Pyros fame. Peter Murphy's voice is truly at the top notch on _Alive: Just for Love_, sounding like a harmonious cross between Neil Diamond and David Bowie. Ousting _Deep_ or _Cascade_ as my number one choice for Mr. Murphy's best and, as most of you know, live material is something I am the most skeptical about. My melancholy disposition as of late hinging on my fiancee being removed from my company for five weeks makes this release all that more appropriate. Reminding me ever-so-much of how -I- proposed, you'll have to listen to the dialog immediately before the last track on the second disc, "Love Me Tender". Bravo, Mr. Murphy -- BRAVO!

Contact: http://www.petermurphy.org

(article published 12/8/2001)


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