1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

502. Mask – Bauhaus

This is my 500 post. I’m almost halfway done! I’m going to do a write up on my next post about the experience so far. For this post we will stay with tradition:  It has taken me just under ten months to do the last 100 and about four and a third years to get here. I figure the whole thing will be done in about eight in a half or nine years total.

My ratings for this 100.

5: 10

4.5: 15

4: 19

3.5: 13

3: 10

2.5: 10

2: 6

1.5: 6

1: 5

.5: 4

0: 3

Again, you continue to see the numbers towards the upper end of the scale as this is certainly one of my favorite musical time periods.

Total overall 500.

5: 64

4.5: 71

4: 94

3.5: 67

3: 61

2.5: 36

2: 35

1.5: 25

1: 20

.5: 14

0: 13

Most Albums on the list:

7 for The Beatles and David Bowie, Neil Young (including Buffalo Springfield)

6 for the Rolling Stones, Brian Eno (including Roxy, but not his production of others)

5 for The Byrds, Dylan, Led Zeppelin and David Byrne (including Heads and solo)

4 Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads

Albums by year (If I’ve tagged correctly):

1981: 13 (so far)

1980: 25

1979: 32

1978: 31

1977: 25

1976: 20

1975: 21

1974: 24

1973: 29

1972: 29

1971: 35

1970: 30

1969: 36 (I was surprised there were only five more than 1968, it certainly felt like 15+)

1968: 31

1967: 28

Now onto the real post: 

Original album is tracks 1-10

Brief Background: Mask is the second album by UK Goth Rock band Bauhaus. The album was recorded and released in 1981.

What I think: Aside from occasionally hearing a Bauhaus song on the radio, I’ve never really listened to them. I was really surprised by how accessible this album is at least music-wise. “Hair of the Dog” and “The Passion of Lovers” start the album in a bit of screechy way, but from there, things turn pretty melodic. Where I expected doom and gloom at a level surpassing what The Cure did in this time period. My favorites here are “Of Lillies and Remains”, “Dancing”, “Hollow Hills” and the title track “Mask”.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s really good… I don’t know if it’s essential but I think it belongs.

Rating (Out of 5) 4

Amazon Rating of Mask  4.5/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (381/500)

Amount that are new to me: 76%


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