Should the World Fail to Fall Apart

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Following the collapse of Dali's Car, Murphy embarked on a solo career in earnest, fortuitously hooking up with Howard Hughes, who had been working with fellow cult artists the Associates. With 4AD label head Ivo Watts-Russell drafted in to produce and guest musicians popping in as desired, Murphy and Hughes created a slightly fragmentary but still intriguing record. Caught between his recent past the use of fretless bass on "Canvas Beauty" was a dead giveaway that he missed working with Mick Karn and his eventual solo successes, Murphy concentrates here mostly on breaking free of the goth stereotype in which he had found himself trapped. His vocal passion isn't diminished ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Following the collapse of Dali's Car, Murphy embarked on a solo career in earnest, fortuitously hooking up with Howard Hughes, who had been working with fellow cult artists the Associates. With 4AD label head Ivo Watts-Russell drafted in to produce and guest musicians popping in as desired, Murphy and Hughes created a slightly fragmentary but still intriguing record. Caught between his recent past the use of fretless bass on "Canvas Beauty" was a dead giveaway that he missed working with Mick Karn and his eventual solo successes, Murphy concentrates here mostly on breaking free of the goth stereotype in which he had found himself trapped. His vocal passion isn't diminished in the slightest, but this time the music over which he sings is generally lighter and freer in tone; he himself handles drum programming, core guitar parts, and keyboard lines while Hughes takes care of the rest. The quietly anthemic title track and "God Sends" stand out as thorough successes on these lines. Two covers also crop up, both worthy of note: A solid run-through of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me" with that band's guitarist John McGeoch; more noteworthy is a fierce rip on Pere Ubu's "Final Solution." The ghosts of Bauhaus do crop up at points, most notably "Never Man," with haunting backing vocals and a generally creepy feeling. Meanwhile, "The Answer Is Clear" has a more direct connection, with none other than Bauhaus guitarist Daniel Ash contributing some fine feedback squalls. Ironically enough, the song itself is a pointed response to Ash's own recent Tones on Tail song "The Movement of Fear," which Murphy took as an attack on himself!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/1996
  • Label: Beggars Uk - Ada
  • UPC: 607618006921
  • Catalog Number: 80069

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Canvas Beauty (4:47)
  2. 2 The Light Pours out of Me (3:18)
  3. 3 Confessions (5:41)
  4. 4 Should the World Fail to Fall Apart (4:50)
  5. 5 Never Man (6:15)
  6. 6 God Sends (5:50)
  7. 7 Blue Heart (4:26)
  8. 8 The Answer Is Clear (6:28)
  9. 9 Final Solution (3:56)
  10. 10 Jemal (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Murphy Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Daniel Ash Guitar
Philip Rambow Guitar
Gini Ball Violin
Peter Bonas Guitar
Joji Hirota Conga
John Keliehor Percussion
John McGeoch Guitar
Chris Pye Guitar
Steve Turner Guitar
Eddie Branch Bass
Howard Hughes Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Martin McGarrick Cello
Erkan Ogur Acoustic Guitar, Fretless Bass Guitar, Ebo
Erkan Egur Acoustic Guitar, Fretless Bass Guitar, Ebo
Paul Lawford Rhythm
Technical Credits
Steve Young Contributor, rhythm arrangement, Rhythm Programming
Peter Murphy Producer, Contributor, rhythm arrangement, Rhythm Programming
David Thomas Composer
David Taylor Composer
John Fryer Engineer
Tom Herman Composer
Gerry Kitchingham Producer, Engineer
Scott Krauss Composer
Ivo Watts-Russell Producer
Tim Wright Composer
Peter Laughner Composer
Howard Hughes Producer, Contributor, rhythm arrangement, Rhythm Programming
Carlos Sosa Cover Design, Paintings
Craig Bell Composer
Gerry Kitchingam Engineer
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