Review: Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy
(Metropolis Records)

“Dust” is the tenth solo album from Peter Murphy, one of the founding members of “early art rock pioneers” Bauhaus, according to the press release.  The album has a vaguely gothic or New Age feel, as Murphy sings (or moans, depending on how you look at it) over simple, lethargic compositions heavy on drums (both programmed and authentic), eerie strings, and the odd snake charmer horn.  Murphy has an interesting voice- deep, resonant, and kind of creaky on occasion- but not so interesting as to keep the mind from wandering during this album’s dreary sixty-eight minutes of playing time.