18 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

PMFinn ,

One of the best albums of the 80's

Every song on this album is crisp and perfect. Ian McCulloch's voice never sounded better. "Lips Like Sugar" was the most well-known song from this recording, but the stand-out song is "New Direction." Definitely check out this album, it's worth it.

Comradebot ,

A Decent Listen...

Definetly not the best by Echo and the Bunnymen.

But not the worst either. I'm personally a huge Echo and the Bunnymen fan, but this album has just never clicked with me like the rest of their work in the 80s.

The album almost seems too close to being New Wave, and the Bunnymen excel when they stay in their atmospheric Post-Punk style, which isn't as apparent in this album (even though it's still not considered New Wave.)

Not the best of their's, but still worth the money.

Recommended tracks:

"Bedbugs and Ballyhoo"
"Bombers Bay"
"All My Life"

Weird choices, I know, and the rest of the album is definetly worth a listen.

The Thing ,

This Album is like SUGAR

NEW WAVE at its best. Hell Music at its best. Buy it, Play it, Live it....

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