Label: 4AD - none • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Goth Rock, Post-Punk
In the Flat Field is the debut studio album by English post-punk band Bauhaus. It was recorded between December and Julyand was released on 3 November by record label 4ADthe first full-length release on that label. The album is considered one of the first gothic rock records. Following a date tour, Bauhaus went to Southern Studios in London to record their first album. As the band had a clear conception of what they wanted the record to sound like, they opted to produce it themselves.
While most of the album was completed with the planned release date of Septemberthe group found it difficult to record a version of "Double Dare" as good as the one they performed on disc jockey John Peel 's BBC Radio 1 programme. Bauhaus applied to the BBC to use the Peel sessions version, but due to obstructions from the Musicians Unionthe Scopes (AD 7AA) - Bauhaus - In The Flat Field took over a month.
For journalist Andy Gill, the dark atmosphere of the record was reminiscent of previous works by groups like Siouxsie and the BansheesAdam and the Antsand Joy Division. Raggett noted that the album concluded with "a dramatic ending" with the song "Nerves". Rex 's " Telegram Sam. The set came inside a semi-long box, coupled with a page book that included comments from band members, photos, complete lyrics, complete tour date information for andand an essay by Andrew Brooksbank on the formation and creation of the band, the singles and the album.
While In the Flat Field received positive reviews in fanzine publications, the album was "absolutely slated" by the British weekly music press, according to Bauhaus biographer Ian Shirley. Just tracks ugh. Too priggish and conceited. Sluggish indulgence instead of hoped for goth-ness. Coldly catatonic.
The American Trouser Presshowever, described it as "a dense, disjointed patchwork of sounds and uncertain feelings, supported by a pressured, incessant beat. Delving deep into the dark side of the human psyche, Bauhaus conjures up unsettling images of a world given over to death and decay.
In his AllMusic retrospective review, Ned Raggett praised the album, writing "few debut albums ever arrived so nearly Irina Loghin - Cine N-are Dor Pe Lume formed".
AllMusic's Raggett wrote: " In the Flat Field practically single-handedly invented what remains for many as Scopes (AD 7AA) - Bauhaus - In The Flat Field stereotype of goth music—wracked, at times spindly vocals about despair and desolation of many kinds, sung over mysterious and moody music". Louder than War noted it as "a staple record Represent The Real Hip Hop - KRS-One - KRS ONE the true post-punk scene".
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