I've recently read a review where the reviewer compared "Candleland" to winter and "Mysterio" to summer. I couldn't put it better myself! Problem is, though, McCulloch must be more creative in the winter than in the summer. Perhaps if "Mysterio" hadn't followed the lush, ethereal, masterpiece "Candleland," then I might have taken to it better.
One of the few highlights from "Mysterio" is the cover of Leonard Cohen's "Lover, Lover, Lover." The opening track, "Magical World," also has a satisfying ring to it; in fact, it's one of only a few that features the trademark Bunnymen sound. Most listeners may also find "Honeydrip" or "In My Head" to their liking as well, but these aren't sizzlers---only mild satisfiers. One track, "Webbed," seems faintly as though it could be an outtake or B-side from "Ocean Rain." For this reason alone, it is another of the album's few standout tracks. I'd also like to mention "Pomegranate," although I can't decide whether I like it or not. It's probably the most creative on the album to say the least. I really dig the chorus, but the rest of the song almost sounds as if Ian were fronting The Smiths (but maybe that would be a good thing). Then, to confuse matters even more, the song slowly fades out with a guitar that conjures up the introduction to The Doors' "The End."
To sum it all up, "Mysterio" features three or four solid cuts and the rest. . .well, let's just compare them to B-sides shall we? To pay full price for this CD would be a pity, but I've seen it here for as little as 50 cents. Add in a few dollars for shipping and you've got a pretty good deal, but be ready to do a lot of track skipping!