10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At this late point in their career, Echo & The Bunnymen don’t innovate, but refine. The Fountain is the band’s fifth studio album since their reformation. None of their reunited efforts has matched the exploration and excitement of their ‘80’s work, but The Fountain has its moments of charm that any loving fan will surely welcome. Singer Ian McCulloch fits the bill of swooning Britpop singer. He might not have Morrissey’s fearless sense of adventure, but he’s got a toughness and bravado that gives the spacey shimmer of “Everlasting Neverendless” a firm grip on the ground. “Proxy” takes a ‘60s pop tune and filters it through the production advances of the decades, adding an extra layer of distortion and a wall of sound that can’t be broken into separate pieces. “Think I Need It Too” uses a melodic bass to drive its point home. For a ballad, “The Idolness of Gods” sways with ballroom glitz. Echo & The Bunnymen once set the standards. Now they must scratch and claw to maintain them.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At this late point in their career, Echo & The Bunnymen don’t innovate, but refine. The Fountain is the band’s fifth studio album since their reformation. None of their reunited efforts has matched the exploration and excitement of their ‘80’s work, but The Fountain has its moments of charm that any loving fan will surely welcome. Singer Ian McCulloch fits the bill of swooning Britpop singer. He might not have Morrissey’s fearless sense of adventure, but he’s got a toughness and bravado that gives the spacey shimmer of “Everlasting Neverendless” a firm grip on the ground. “Proxy” takes a ‘60s pop tune and filters it through the production advances of the decades, adding an extra layer of distortion and a wall of sound that can’t be broken into separate pieces. “Think I Need It Too” uses a melodic bass to drive its point home. For a ballad, “The Idolness of Gods” sways with ballroom glitz. Echo & The Bunnymen once set the standards. Now they must scratch and claw to maintain them.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

mropinion ,

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Excuse me bad reviewers?? ..I know it's not Ocean Rain,...but fook!! This is a great record for a band that could have grand kids, they out do a lot of young chaps.

mbarry8859 ,

WOW....Take the journey....

Forget the echos of the past...forget those new bands. Turn the lights off, start up your white strobe light, or Ultraviliot light.....and listen to the album. I feel 19 again. This is good alternative. tracks 1-4 are very good, but I do really like track 7!!!! I sampled all the tracks, and I couln't keep my mouse from clicking on the whole thing. Very worth while. Going to be playing in my car for weeks.

quiksilversurfer64 ,

Awesome! (As Usual!)

Any Echo & The Bunnymen fan is not going to be disappointed with this latest & greatest! I am totally thrilled that smart bands like EATB still put out great albums after almost 30 years! Get it!

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