Following a flirt with indigenous music on his 2001's Dust,
Peter Murphy reinvents himself once again with Unshattered.
And while the makeover isn't as extreme as his last record, it
is a definite change of pace as Murphy softens his tone. This
latest release finds the enigmatic singer/songwriter in a remarkably
tender mood as he utters songs of love, mysticism and reflection.
Comparably Unshattered is akin to David Bowie's
Hours, as Murphy croons amidst a tranquil atmosphere. There
is a spiritual undercurrent throughout the recording. On "Face
The Moon", Murphy searches for his maker asking the time
old question "Where are you?" With the gentle picking
of an acoustic guitar in the midst of some synthetic instrumentation
"Piece of You" is compassionate and heartfelt as the
singer speaks of his journey into the afterlife. Murphy does have
a gothic flashback on the conceptually penned "Blinded Like
Saul" where he turns up the volume and toys with distorted
vocals. Remnants of Dust manifest on "Breaking No
One's Heaven" by way of synthesized flute and tribal drumming
with a snippet of spoken word before transitioning into a contemporary
timbre to wrap up the disc. Peter Murphy has grown with his audience
and while Unshattered is a long ways from Burning From
The Inside, it is equally as relevant.
1. Idle Flow
2. Kiss Myself
3. Piece of You
4. Face The Moon
5. Emergency Unit
6. Thelma Sings to Little Nell
7. The Weight of Love
8. Give What He's Got
9. Blinded Like Saul
10. The First Stone
11. Breaking No One's Heaven
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