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Slideling [Import]

Ian McCulloch Audio CD

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1. Love In Veins
2. Playgrounds And City Parks
3. Sliding
4. Baby Hold On
5. Arthur
6. Season
7. Another Train
8. High Wires
9. She Sings (All My Life)
10. Kansas
11. Stake Your Claim

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Given the acclaimed, Phoenix-like resurrection of Echo and the Bunnymen in recent times, Slideling arrives as a somewhat unexpected and rather belated third solo offering from their loquacious egotist of a frontman, Ian McCulloch. On this evidence, however, it is clear that you may be able to take the Ian McCulloch out of Echo and the Bunnymen (not a good idea if past experiences are to go by) but you can't take the Echo and the Bunnymen out of McCulloch, even if his abstention in this instance is merely temporary. Despite auxiliary assistance from both Jon Buckland and Chris Martin of Coldplay (particularly on the subtly persuasive single "Sliding") and even actor John Simm, circumventing the Bunnymen's shadowy, superstitious pop signature was not going to be easy for one of that bands' two integral players. And so Slideling has it quota of slyly atypical squinty-eyed rockers, among them "High Wires" and "She Sings (All My Life)", two numbers that not only divulge a debt to the lingering influences of David Bowie and (right down to the washboard rhythm guitar) the third Velvet Underground album, but also to prior Bunnymen compositions such as "Do It Clean" and "Seven Seas". However, Slideling is markedly more luminous in mood than Flowers (the more recent Bunnymen album) with abundant lyrical references to the "sun" indicating a levity of spirit epitomised by "Love in Veins", a lucid square-on pop tune with idiotically brilliant verses. Capping it all, the sepia-tinted nostalgia of "Playgrounds and City Parks"--a song for everyone who remembers the innocence and liberty of childhood--is tailor-made for the repertoires of contemplative singer/songwriters everywhere. Slideling is McCulloch's best solo offering by a distance. --Kevin Maidment

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solo work 21 April 2004
By alexander laurence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ian McCulloch is the lead singer of Echo and The Bunnymen. They are one of the more successful groups in recent memory. His solo work hasn't received as much attention. This time he worked without Will Sergeant. About this record McCulloch says: "Heroes can be hard to find, but whoever we decide to put on a pedestal, we'll find the pedestal has three legs and one of them is a bit wobbly." McCulloch seems a lot more confident on this record. Songs about love and childhood dominate. In the song "Playgrounds and City Parks' McCulloch sings: "We played around til it went dark/in every breath another spark was dying/at bus stops we stood in line/like full stops at the end of time/where teardrops don't ever dry fro crying..." It's also a surprise that Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay contribute backing vocals and guitar on numerous songs. Echo and The Bunnymen in turn has been a massive influence on Coldplay all these years. McCulloch also wears his influences on his sleeve: Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, and Smokey Robinson. All of the songs are extremely melodic and dreamy. McCulloch has turned to the Liverpool streets for inspiration. There is some vague mysticism that he captured so well with The Bunnymen. Here he creates a palate to build on in the future.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addicting? You bet 17 May 2004
By Richard Wittmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Im addicted to this disc. Im a veterinarian, and everyday that Im in surgery, I put this baby in and sing along. Kansas has to be the best song on the disc. I find myself waking up singing this song. You can't go wrong with it. If you're a Bunnymen fan, you'll love it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure gold 31 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is pure gold, in the tradition of �Candleland� and �What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?� The songs are finely crafted and varied in mood and style. McCulloch�s voice is in top form. This is honest, passionate, lovely work � an album to keep and to cherish.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars solo album #3! good to have Ian back 22 Oct 2005
By J. Holmes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i almost flipped out when i saw this new solo cd from Ian McCulloch! i fell deeply deeply in love with his Candleland album years ago. his smooth and smokey voice is amazing; and the album's beautiful and haunting pop melodies spoke to me in a dear way. his follow up record, Mysterio, saw him going in a more racious rocking approach, but it was also a good record. now with Slideling (horrible title, by the way), he seems to have come to find a good balance between both styles. the album opens with the frolicking romp of "Love In Veins" which has a bit of a Coldplay feel to it, but with a thicker, more beefy feel. the other standout tunes on here are the lovely title track, the sweet and tender "Playgrounds And City Parks", and the Velvet Underground throwback of "Baby Hold On." unfortunatly, the rest of the album gets lost in a bland generic singer songwriter fog...which is a shame because i like Ian. i'm glad there are a handful of really good songs on here; because despite the overall boring album, the bright spots on the map make it worth the trip. (on one more negative note-this cd has some outlandishly bad graphic design and layout...yuck! his last two solo cd's had a great simple feel...but this one is overdone and just plain ugly!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Mac the Mouth Reigns Again 22 May 2003
By P.L.S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The hardcore Bunnymen fans who have followed Mac's solo efforts with more than passing interest no doubt were buoyed to discover Mac was working on his first proper solo outing since the underrated "Mysterio," released some 11 years ago. They will not be disappointed. Nor should the--hopefully--legions of new fans who flock to this brilliant, shimmering collection of songs. Though blasphemous to Bunnymen fans, I'll say it anyways --untethered by Will Sargeant's magic wand, Mac's solo efforts do something unexpected -- they soar. From the remarkable "Candleland," to the impressive song-cycle of "Mysterio," to the stripped-down, straight-ahead rock-pop of "Slideling," Mac's solo works stand up proudly to the Bunnymen's best. Can't really say "Slideling" is Mac's "best" solo effort thus far -- they're all pretty amazing. But rest assured that Mac's scary gift for blending melody, harmony, lyrics and the best vocals on the planet are in full sonic display. From blissful rockers like "Love in Veins," "Seasons," and "High Wires," to wistful, yet emotionally-charged ballads like "Playgrounds and City Parks," "Sliding," and "Kansas," to soaring show-stoppers like "She Sings" and "Stake Your Claim," this collection simply confirms what Bunnymen fans across the globe already know -- Mac is the greatest singer-songwriter there is. He knows it. So do we.
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