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Peter Murphy

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.

-Tony Englehart

Track Listing:

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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