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In his four decades of service in the post-punk culture wars, PETER MURPHY has confounded fans, critics, even himself. As the mainman of the acclaimed outfit Bauhaus, he helped usher in ground breaking opaque moods and atmospheres into the post-punk landscape. When the band broke up for the first time in 1983, the singer set off on a solo career that found him challenging his audiences in ... Read more in Amazon's Peter Murphy Store

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  • Vinyl (August 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B004RNPDX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Velocity Bird
2. Seesaw Sway
3. Peace To Each
4. I Spit Roses
5. Never Fall Out
6. Memory Go
7. The Prince & Old Lady Shade
8. Uneven & Brittle
9. Slowdown
10. Secret Silk Society
11. Crème de la Crème

Editorial Reviews

Peter Murphy s Ninth is his first solo album in seven years and the first since the permanent dissolution of Bauhaus in 2009. Produced by David Baron, Ninth is a culmination of where the singer has been and where he is now, all imbued with a confidence that has been Murphy s stock in trade. While countless performers and industry types bemoan the demeaning of music in current download culture, Murphy s only concern is continuing to connect with his audience with unparalleled honesty.

There s a sophisticated energy and psychic urgency to tracks like "Seesaw Sway," "Slowdown" and "Memory Go." Equally exciting are moments like "Velocity Bird," where Murphy gets his swagger on in the same wild kingdom where Iggy Pop s "streetwalking cheetah" prowled; the rocking "Peace To Each," where the singer ramps up his sinister quotient a few notches; the slow grooving head-nodder "Uneven & Brittle," and the brooding, atmospheric noir of "Secret Silk Society." On the convex, Ninth also features moments of warm poignancy, like the lover-comforting "Never Fall Out" and the melancholy closing track, "Crème de la Crème." But it s the album s first single, "I Spit Roses," that reconciles Murphy s melodic sophistication with his resignation toward the fate of Bauhaus

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By B. Kemper VINE VOICE on June 21, 2011
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I have had a love/not love relationship with Murphy's solo releases over the years, (never "hate" mind you...just an occasional "not love"). His solo work ranges from brilliant to good-but-a-little-too-precious. Some longtime fans will catch my meaning; others will vehemently disagree, but we all have our unique tastes, don't we? On this disc, however, PM nails it. Every note is in place and nothing is there that shouldn't be there. The thing about Murphy is not just his great voice but his unique way of using it: Velocity Bird, the opening cut, demonstrates this beautifully. To the non-Murphy connoisseur, it can almost sound like he's "scooping" the notes, unable to land on the pitch properly. But oh no...a closer listen will show this to be no mistake: it's there on purpose and it's perfect. A lesser singer could never pull this off. And his lyrics here are pitch-perfect too: he hits the beauty and the darkness, often in the same phrase. "I spit roses" conjures up some great poetic imagery in three little words.

On a semi-related note: to anyone who is reading this and has yet to pick up the newest and final Bauhaus CD "Go Away White", you should know that it too is an amazing recording. They got it right; bringing back the old magic while not becoming parodies of their 1980s selves. Buy both. You will thank yourself.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Edward Edwards on June 7, 2011
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PM returns with a heavy album of roaring beauty. Everything you've loved about his solo work has been updated & intensified here. It's absolutely stellar.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Frank Smith on June 9, 2011
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I didn't expect something like the album Ninth from Peter Murphy. You'd think he would have packed it in by now. But the old goth rock God re-assembled the great Bauhaus and toured with the band for a time recently. They also released an album, Go Away White in 2008. The last good solo album for Murphy was Cascade in 1995. And you know, overall, that album was fairly strong. But Ninth is much, much better. And dare I say this, Ninth is in my view, better than the iconic record Deep. There's a real raw energy to these tunes and David Baron -- who co-wrote most of these songs -- does a brilliant job with production duties. The drum sound is terrific on Ninth and the collage of guitars, with strings in the mix on stellar tracks like I Spit Roses and The Prince and Old Lady Shade makes for some incredible tuneage. Velocity Bird is a seering opener. Some might argue that the amazing single I Spit Roses is the standout here. But Seesaw Sway, Never Fall Out, Memory Go and Uneven and Brittle are all real toe-tappers which Murphy sinks his teeth into. I have no idea what the Secret Silk Society is, but I'd love to be a member. It sounds quite dangerous. Crème de La Crème slows things down with prominent piano and strings. This is a great track to close Ninth. And Murphy sings this tune with considerable aplomb. I take Daniel Thorlby's point about Murphy's singing. I suppose from a strictly technical point of view Peter Murphy's voice isn't nearly as pliant as it was 20 years ago. Is it smoking, age? I don't know frankly. I can't touch my toes anymore, but hey, I get by. Let's face facts, Murphy's pipes are still pretty marvelous. His range is quite stunning and what he does in the lower register of his vocals is particularly impressive, as is his phrasing. Ninth knocks my socks off -- 4 and a half stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WichacpiHoskila VINE VOICE on July 11, 2011
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I can admit when I'm wrong. I dissed this CD in the comments of a negative review, essentially affirming the criticisms based on brief clips. I had said that Peter's voice is tired, that this music is bland, that it lacks the anthemic power of "Deep" (the favorite among Murphy fans).

Well, I couldn't resist Amazon's fantastic price and bought it anyway.

BOY, was I wrong. About everything.

Let me start over: Peters voice is not only NOT tired, it's really freaking STRONG. Listen to the refrains of "Prince and Old Lady Shade" and that raging, psychotic howl in "Uneven and Brittle." This is Peter at his prime, not at his end.
The music is exceptional--Murphy rocks on this one. Guitars cut and claw through the songs, and the whole thing is beautifully produced--there's a depth of sound here. Play this one on good speakers.

I'm still not always sure what Peter's lyrics are about (what the heck is "Shick Shack" in "I Spit Roses"? The song describes Murphy's feelings about a schism that formed during the recording of Bauhaus' "Go Away White," when he actually confronted his bandmates and, well, spit rose petals at (on?) them. The lyrics describing a mutiny and the ship he'd though had sunk are metaphors to Bauhaus' final demise). "Secret Silk Society" throws a bone to his goth fans with a gorgeous, creepy, sinister, stalking minor key melody and Murphy at his growling, dark best. Heck, I'll come right out and say it: "Ninth" is what the final Bauhaus album OUGHT to have sounded like. Normally, I favor the Love and Rockets side of things, but in this case I gotta give it to Peter--in any dispute about where the quartet's musical direction ought to have gone, "Ninth" closes the case.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DerrickH on July 18, 2011
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'Ninth' is my introduction to Peter Murphy. I discovered this album by complete chance by stumbling upon his official website. It so happened that was the day the music video for `I Spit Roses' hit the internet, lucky me. One viewing of the video and I was hooked and immediately bought this album via Amazon Mp3. Usually it takes me a little while to really enjoy an album but `Ninth' hit me pretty hard on the first listen. I do enjoy the raw quality of the music and I feel this particular aspect is worth noting. Often raw sounding albums are either hit or miss and `Ninth' is a hit. All the songs are enjoyable, some more than others. The highlights for me on the album are `Velocity Bird', `Memory Go', `Slowdown', `The Prince & Old Lady Shade', and of course `I Spit Roses'. That's not to say there are any fillers. All the songs on `Ninth' are very solid, well comprised pieces of music. As a first time listener to Peter Murphy, I have to say `Ninth' has me interested in delving further into his catalogue. Very happy with my chance finding of this album and have already recommended it to a few friends.
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