With stories of a Bauhaus comeback and new album rapidly gaining momentum, cynics would suggest this is an attempt for the original band members to take advantage of the revival in post-punk/gothic music. A lack of commercial success in their respective solo careers could also be a factor but in the case of Peter Murphy's latest foray, there's still plenty of worth in going it alone. Rather than being caught up in the past, 'Unshattered' embraces modern production values and Murphy raises his game accordingly on this markedly upbeat and tuneful record. From dark, romantic pop ('I Kiss Myself', 'The First Stone') to the funky and insiduous ('The Weight Of Love'), good songs and surprises are never far away. Granted, the occasional bland 80s pop soul moments will win him few fans (least of all Bauhaus die-hards) but when a lovely acoustic melody like 'Thelma Sings To Little Nell' or the wonderfully intense 'Give What He's Got' show up, a few minor flaws here and there are forgiveable. With a voice still powerful enough to raise the dead, this is a surprise triumph to rival Dave Gahan's 'Paper Monsters' as a great comeback album.