Holy Smoke

Holy Smoke

by Peter Murphy
     
 

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Hopes for another surprise American success from Peter Murphy with Deep's follow-up went unfulfilled, as success proved not to be the case; released in the initial craze of the grunge/alternative mega-crossover, Smoke's elegant ballads and angular, arty rockers simply didn't fit in. Taken on its own merits, though, Smoke is quite a strong release,See more details below

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Hopes for another surprise American success from Peter Murphy with Deep's follow-up went unfulfilled, as success proved not to be the case; released in the initial craze of the grunge/alternative mega-crossover, Smoke's elegant ballads and angular, arty rockers simply didn't fit in. Taken on its own merits, though, Smoke is quite a strong release, avoiding any cloning of Deep or "Cuts You Up" in favor of a different approach meant to bring out the band's live power more directly. Producer Mike Thorne gets some great performances out of them and Murphy both, giving the album a crisp, solid punch throughout, even during its quieter moments. The album is like Deep in one important respect -- variety, which is showcased successfully throughout. "Low Room" was an especially powerful blast, the band firing out a choppy, strong rhythm as Murphy almost barks his lyrics; similar, if not as totally successful, energy appeared with "Kill the Hate" and "Dream Gone By." On the quieter tip, "Let Me Love You," the understated drive of "Our Secret Garden," and the lovely opener "Keep Me From Harm" are all fine showcases for Murphy at his most love-drunk. "The Sweetest Drop" was the lead single, but better choices would have been "You're So Close," with an anthemic, stunning chorus and a flat-out brilliant vocal, and the cleverly titled "Hit Song." Murphy's dramatic singing, concluding in a duet with guest singer Alison Limerick's lovely falsetto, makes it all the more enjoyable.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/1995
Label:
Beggars Banquet Us
UPC:
0075679258946
catalogNumber:
92589

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Murphy   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
John Vartan   Tamboura,Ney,Zurna
Gini Ball   Strings
Peter Bonas   Acoustic Guitar
Alison Limerick   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Pitsillides   Strings
Audrey Riley   Strings
Paul Statham   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards
Mike Thorne   Synclavier
Eddie Branch   Bass Guitar
Terl Bryant   Percussion,Drums
Rick Shaffer   Guitar
Jonathan Carney   Strings
Zoe Caryl   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Murphy   Composer,Producer
Jack Skinner   Mastering
Peter Bonas   Composer
Paul Statham   Composer
Mike Thorne   Producer
Eddie Branch   Composer
Fernando Kral   Engineer
Mike Thorn   Producer

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