Echo & the Bunnymen (Bonus Tracks Edition) [2004 Remaster]

Echo & the Bunnymen (Bonus Tracks Edition) [2004 Remaster]

Five albums deep into their career the always nebulous Echo & the Bunnymen had finally managed to perfect their aesthetic sensibility, but no matter how confident The Bunnymen were in their sound, they found themselves in commercial limbo. They had had hits on both side of the Atlantic, but were hardly superstars, nor were they merely a cult band with a devoted following, and while their label Sire undoubtedly expected bigger and better hits in the vein of 1984’s “The Killing Moon,” The Bunnymen seemed content to skillfully mine the sonic territory that they had staked out long ago and sound most comfortable wallowing in the breathtaking melancholy of tracks like “Satellite” and “Lost and Found.” Of course the Bunnymen were always skillful purveyors of melancholy, and even if the group’s restlessness occasionally causes the formula to wear thin, Echo & The Bunnymen contains enough inspiration to rank as some of the most self-assured, elegant work the band would ever produce.

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