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Album Review

Dali's Car was a duo project of bassist Mick Karn (formerly of Japan) and vocalist Peter Murphy (formerly of Bauhaus); it came into existence in the mid-'80s, produced one unsuccessful album, and then fell apart amid mutual rancor. But in 2011 Karn and Murphy tried it again. Karn was terminally ill, and they only came up with three new songs. (The five tracks on this EP include a cover of Jacques Brel's "If You Go Away" and an arrangement of a traditional Turkish song.) Those who recall the group's earlier work will probably experience a familiar frustration: wishing that Murphy would knock off the pseudo-operatic vocalisms so that they can better hear the brilliant and utterly unique basslines that Karn keeps spinning out. The music itself is consistently both interesting and attractive, self-consciously "exotic" but so tonally and melodically inventive that its occasionally twee gestures are easily overlooked. But Murphy's vocal style is simultaneously silly and self-important, and he doesn't contribute a single worthwhile melody or memorable turn of phrase. For Mick Karn's fans, this EP constitutes a bittersweet and deeply flawed farewell, but it also shows that he was operating at the peak of his powers as a bass player even at the end of his protracted illness.

Customer Reviews

WOW!!! What a pleasant surprise

This ep is a wonderful final testament to Mick Karn's amazing contribution to artistic musical history. I'm already thinking that I may like this better than The Waking Hour. From the first few bars of King Cloud it's instantly apparent that it's Dalis Car. Each of the five tracks takes you on a musical journey that has a sense purpose and individuality. The more you listen, the more the work develops and reveals itself.. For fans of Japan and Bauhaus this is a must have. It pretty much picks up directly where The Waking Hour left off back in 1984, but with a much deeper sense of wisdom and peace. If You Go Away (track 5) is such a masterpiece that IMO may be the best developed work from either artist. This ep deserves a proper audiophile vinyl pressing. You shouldn't hesitate to buy this; the samples won't do the full songs justice. Put this on in the head phones and Enjoy!

Sound Cloud is quite good...

Didn't even know this was out. Neat.

Regardless of the description...

It's a treat to hear these two again. Still great.


Formed: 1984

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '10s

Dalis Car were doomed almost from the start. A seemingly good idea when first suggested to former Bauhaus vocalist/lyricist Peter Murphy that he collaborate with ex-Japan bassist/composer Mick Karn, the group nearly self-destructed before it was disbanded. Their sole album, The Waking Hour, released in 1984, came in more than £20,000 ($30,000) over the £40,000 ($60,000) budget given them by Virgin and Beggars Banquet. A commercial failure, the album produced one equally disappointing single, "The...
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