Mask (Bauhaus album)

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Mask
A black-and-white drawing of a panda, a joker-like figure and an alien creature hiding behind the shoulder of the joker. "BAUHAUS" is imprinted in the top-right corner in yellow text.
Studio album by Bauhaus
Released October 1981
Recorded 1981 at Playground Studios and Jam Studios, London, England
Genre Post-punk, gothic rock
Length 54:31
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Bauhaus
Bauhaus chronology
In the Flat Field
(1980)
Mask
(1981)
The Sky's Gone Out
(1982)

Mask is the second studio album by English post-punk band Bauhaus. It was released in October 1981, on record label Beggars Banquet.

Background[edit]

Bauhaus expanded their style a bit on Mask, particularly by incorporating keyboards and acoustic guitar on songs such as "The Passion of Lovers", and funk rhythms and saxophone on tracks like "Kick in the Eye", "Dancing" and "In Fear of Fear".

The album cover is a drawing by guitarist Daniel Ash. The original artwork for the album was a gatefold sleeve with blue text on the inside and a stark black and white image of the band. On later editions this inside was replaced with white text and a montage from the promotional video for the song "Mask".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bauhaus (Daniel Ash, David J, Kevin Haskins, Peter Murphy). 

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Hair of the Dog"   2:43
2. "The Passion of Lovers"   3:53
3. "Of Lilies and Remains"   3:18
4. "Dancing"   2:29
5. "Hollow Hills"   4:47
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Kick in the Eye"   3:39
2. "In Fear of Fear"   2:58
3. "Muscle in Plastic"   2:51
4. "The Man with the X-Ray Eyes"   3:05
5. "Mask"   4:36

Release[edit]

"Kick in the Eye" charted at No. 29 on the U.S. Club Play Singles charts.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[3]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[4]

In their retrospective review of the album, AllMusic called the album "arguably even better than the band's almost flawless debut".[5]

Re-issue[edit]

The 19 October 2009 CD reissue, subtitled the Omnibus Edition, included a remastered version of the original album as disc one, a second disc of B-sides and alternate versions called Singles and Out-Takes, as well as a live CD called This Is for When..., recorded at Hammersmith Palais, London on 9 November 1981.

Personnel[edit]

Bauhaus
Technical
  • John Etchells – engineering
  • Kenny Jones – engineering
  • Mike Hedges – engineering
  • Arun Chakraverty – mastering
  • Sheila Rock – sleeve photography

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