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Siberia [CD]

Echo & The Bunnymen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0001IMDSI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stormy Weather
2. All Because Of You Days
3. Parthenon Drive
4. In The Margins
5. Of A Life
6. Make Us Blind
7. Everything Kills You
8. Siberia
9. Sideways Eight
10. Scissors In The Sand
11. What If We Are?

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The indian summer of Echo And The Bunnymen's surprising late Nineties comeback has now cooled, but Siberia is a commendable attempt to make up for lost commercial ground. If 2001's under-rated Flowers cast the Bunnymen as woebegone psychedelists contentedly mumbling from the darker margins of indiedom while the world looked the other way then Siberia is the obverse. Far from sounding overcast, the single "Stormy Weather" is possibly the most effulgently extrovert song in the band's canon and maybe even an ironic titular riposte to a career seemingly blown off-course. The jury's out on Hugh Jones' production; reassuringly retro as on "Heaven Up Here" (his last work with the band) or too burnished to harness the evident danger which lurks behind "Scissors In The Sand"? The qualities of "Everything Kills You" and "What If We Are" are less equivocal--grand, romantic mock-tragedies in the tradition of "Rust" or "Nothing Last's Forever but instances of deja-vu persist with a little too much self-referencing to songs we've already learned to sing and the suspicion that the chord progressions to "Parthenon Drive" inadvertently derived from heroic sources (namely the Velvet's "Lady Godiva's Operation"). Not Porcupine then, or Crocodiles. However, Siberia is a decent enough record coming from a band stubbornly unwilling to be left out in the cold. --Kevin Maidment

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Siberia is the crystallization of everything that has made the band so wonderful during their illustrious 26 year career. Explains McCulloch, ''the band we’ve got around us now are the closest to the old Bunnymen we’ve ever had. Not that we’ve intentionally set out to capture the past in any way. I think I’d been trying to get away from the approach of Heaven Up Here or Porcupine where a lot of the songs were based on a single note, or a pulse even, but with this album I thought, let’s just slide in there and see what happens.'' One telling link to the past has been the recruiting of veteran studio wiz Hugh Jones as producer, the first time he’d worked with the Bunnymen since acting as producer on the group’s second album. This is their 9th album and was recorded in Parr Street Studios in Liverpool. Imperial. 2005.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to their best 12 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
For any fan of Echo & The Bunnymen, new or old, there are four albums that are the group's masterpieces: "Crocodiles", "Heaven Up Here", "Porcupine" and "Ocean Rain". These are the albums that gave the Bunnymen worldwide cult status, which should have made them bigger than U2, if not the biggest band in the world. These are the albums that all other Bunnymen albums are tested against. And these are the albums that the likes of Coldplay and even U2 have said had major influences on their music.
Even though for some fans "Evergreen" got close, it was not close enough. "What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?" was a good album, but was too full of ballads and lacking Will Sergeant's distinctive guitar playing. "Flowers" got more into the Bunnymen sound, but didn't quite have what the fans were looking for.
So another album comes along since the 1997 comeback and the hope that McCulloch and Sergeant will be able to pull off a new album that is on par with those greats of the 1980s. For anyone who can't wait until 19th September and wants to fork out slightly more for an import, "Siberia" is already out in Japan.
Hugh Jones, the producer of the Bunnymen's second album "Heaven Up Here" - which most Bunnymen fans see as the band's best work - was brought back into the fold for "Siberia". Hugh Jones has done everything that Bunnymen fans have wanted. It's all there: the classic Bunnymen sound, McCulloch singing with passion, Sergeant's guitars and the distinctive bass sound that Les Pattinson made his own (he left the group back in 1999 and the bass is currently played by Peter Wilkinson). Drummer Simon Finley has also done an excellent job getting near to the drumming abilities of the late Peter DeFreitas.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another magical album 9 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's great. I got a copy from Japan and have had it on a continuous loop since. The lyrics are as inventive and the vocals as good as ever--the smoking may kill McCulloch, but it makes his voice even deeper and more atmospheric, if that's possible. His phrasing, the best in the business, is still Sinatra on Merseyside. Will's on top form, making sure every sound has been thought through (missed on Mac's recent solo venture), and the songs are bristling with hooks and full of sonic layers. Overall, it definitely has more of a resemblance to the post-*Evergreen* albums than the '80s albums, despite Hugh Jones's first appearance as producer since *Heaven Up Here*. But there are touches of *Porcupine*-style psychedelia, and there might be more adventure in the song structures than there has been recently, which brings back the early days. Songs in the first half of the album may sound a bit too much alike--mid-tempo and maybe too few edges--but the second half is less sweet and more brooding. People who thought *Flowers* was too much of a pop record might still gripe, but if the Bunnymen can come up with hooks like these album after album, why bury them or go for Radiohead-style aimless noise? It's a musical mystery why people buy Chris Martin's nasal whining in mass quantities instead of everything these guys touch. Let's hope this one gets some attention.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back from the dead 12 Jan 2006
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Format:Audio CD
This has to be the comeback record of the century. From Crocodiles through to their no-name 1987 album Echo maintained a consistently high standard, perhaps peaking with Heaven up Here or Porcupine and tailing a little at either end. But after 1987 it was down the toilet, fast. Oh well, their inspiration lasted longer than that of 99% of rock groups. Now, out of nowhere, comes this Siberia and it's as if they're just out of the studio from that earlier string of five. McCulloch's voice has softened a touch, the wildness mostly gone, but that's not out of character with the songs. Amazingly, with a new rhythm section they still manage to evoke the heyday of Pattison and de Freitas, and Sergeant is right back to form, commenting and colouring with plenty to say. Lyrics, always the strong point of this group, are relevant to 2006 and to the group's, how shall we say it, maturity, without being fuddy-duddy or trying to be echt-hip. As my son says, sounds like they've learned from all the groups that have been inspired by them. Let's hope this is the start of an indian summer and not the last gasp.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a very spesh little album 6 Jan 2006
By jenny
Format:Audio CD
I did think it would be a disappointment...really, but it's not! Having been raised on the bunnymen and not being alive for their first four masterpieces, this is the first one of their lps I've bought in the year it was actually released. It's a grower, but it doesn't take too long to grow, which is nice. 'Stormy Weather' is a jangly little thing, but Mcculloch's fag-roughened vocal gives it a sweet, elegiac feel. One great track is 'scissors in the sand', really surprisingly forceful, and thank god Mac let Will turn his amp back on, his guitars are just great - spiky, crystalline, as good as a lot of stuff on crocodiles or heaven up here. If you've seen them play any of these tracks live, you'll know they are very impressive when put up against the likes of all that jazz and show of strength. An album to grow to love. The last track is as touching as anything. It smacks of liverpool and great scouse spirit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This will grow and grow on you. A great album cannot believe that it did not have wider acclaim. Stuck in the margins is moody and one of the best bunnymen songs.
Published 23 months ago by gary mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Break up music
This is a sad CD full of regret and longing. Great vocals, great guitar - it's all there. More mature, grown up bunnymen.
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by stillcrazy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bunnymen Back on Form - Brilliant
With Siberia, Echo and the Bunnymen's the post-punk Liverpudlians rehash and revisit the glories from their prodigious 1980-1987 period. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2010 by P. Frizelle
2.0 out of 5 stars Bunnymen out in the cold
Whilst some of the tunes are OK I'm afraid it's the lyrics that mean this is the worst Bunnymen album in a long time. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2009 by Sean Finney
4.0 out of 5 stars Regressive In The Best Possible Way!
Make no bones about it, E&TB were an awesome band in the 80's and have inspired countless bands. they have been very hit or miss since their reformation, though. Read more
Published on 21 April 2007 by Swish
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I see many have rated this album with 4 or even 5 stars.It may be that I am young that I think this is not a great, good or even reasonable album. Read more
Published on 15 May 2006 by TD WILKINSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything but cold
Siberia is a classic Bunnymen recording and I would say ranks as one of their best. It takes about six plays to really get into it but it is well worth it. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2006 by "davz42"
4.0 out of 5 stars still cut it
With the current trend for all kinds of spiky, new wave influenced bands and doom laded dark rock it should be no reason to be an influence on why the bunnymen shouldn't... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2005 by martin
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form.
If you are a long-time fan, then you need to buy this for the two absolute classic tracks it contains: 'Siberia' with its relentless snatching rhythms and the utterly... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2005 by aunti diluvian
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