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5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of the Bunny God
By any measure Burned is a strange fish. The bad-tempered break-up of Echo And The Bunnymen and the diverse and not wholly unsuccessful side projects the members had been involved in since had left hard-bitten fans of the band salivating at the thought of a reformation.

Instead they got Electrafixion; the long-awaited reconciliation of Ian McCulloch and Will...
Published on 1 Oct 2009 by Mr. Percy Frizelle

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3.0 out of 5 stars McCulloch & Sergeant's mid-90s grunge project
Electrafixion might be one of the worst names for a band in history (..., but is an overlooked project from Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant from the mid-1990s. The Bunnymen famously came a cropper in the late 80s, with the exit of Pete De Freitas around the eponymous fifth album and the epic tour that followed. De Freitas returned, but the Bunnymen of 1987 appeared to be...
Published on 24 April 2007 by Jason Parkes


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5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of the Bunny God, 1 Oct 2009
This review is from: Burned (Audio CD)
By any measure Burned is a strange fish. The bad-tempered break-up of Echo And The Bunnymen and the diverse and not wholly unsuccessful side projects the members had been involved in since had left hard-bitten fans of the band salivating at the thought of a reformation.

Instead they got Electrafixion; the long-awaited reconciliation of Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant but with a sound far more reminiscent of a dying grunge scene than any revitalisation of the Bunnymen legend. Without understanding the motivation behind the band it's difficult to speculate on what they were trying to achieve.

Burned is a visceral punch in the gut. Tony McGuigan's drums are tribal, insistently stomping along in the background ("Zephyr"). Leon De Sylva's bass rumbles like a monolithic steam engine pulsing noxious fumes ("Never"). Will Sergeant's guitar is constantly fighting with itself, sometimes stingingly crystalline ("Sister Pain"), sometimes messily trying to extricate itself from the muddy surroundings ("Too Far Gone").

Ian McCulloch remains the only true link musically with The Bunnymen in that his vocal could easily have been lifted from Porcupine or Crocodiles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time greats, 10 Nov 2003
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Toby le Rhone (StaffordshireUK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Burned (Audio CD)
This is a truly remarkable album, and is best described as the Bunnymen meets the Mary Chain, it is a blistering full rock out album. A must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 1 Feb 2010
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Mrs. H. Gray - See all my reviews
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Hunted high & low to find this extended version
The bonus,live tracks are superb
If you are a Bunnymen fan this double cd is MUCH better than the single
Buy it NOW!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD, 30 Oct 2012
This review is from: Burned (Audio CD)
This CD has such a rock sound to it, I turn it up loud and play it when I drive. The best record the Bunnymen have made in my opinion, I have been a fan since 1979 and this is my favourite CD to date. Zephyr is the stand out track but all tracks are excellent, love the Bunnymen
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3.0 out of 5 stars McCulloch & Sergeant's mid-90s grunge project, 24 April 2007
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Burned (Audio CD)
Electrafixion might be one of the worst names for a band in history (..., but is an overlooked project from Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant from the mid-1990s. The Bunnymen famously came a cropper in the late 80s, with the exit of Pete De Freitas around the eponymous fifth album and the epic tour that followed. De Freitas returned, but the Bunnymen of 1987 appeared to be going through the motions - one listen to the BBC concert of that tour against live Bunnymen releases before & after will confirm that. McCulloch eventually left the band, recording the charming `Candleland' (1989) and the patchy `Mysterio' (1992); De Freitas sadly died in a motorcycle accident - leaving Sergeant and Les Pattinson to carry on a new psyched out version of the Bunnymen with members of St Vitus Dance. Electrafixion was a bit of a surprise then, definitely a Bunny-take on the grunge rock sound of the era, it was no doubt based on Bob Mould's Sugar-project.

Their sole album `Burned' is reissued here with most of the b-sides and extra tracks released under the Electrafixion moniker over the singles `Zephyr' e.p., `Lowdown', `Never' & `Sister Pain' (only the `Baseball Bill' single released after the band ceased to exist is missing). `Burned' feels like a blend of the Bunnymen circa `Heaven Up Here' and the psychedelic grunge of Screaming Trees' `Sweet Oblivion' (a record that was probably partly inspired by `Heaven Up Here'?). McCulloch had infamously recorded a third solo album with a post-The The Johnny Marr, though this mysteriously was lost in transit - a few of the tracks made it onto here, the best of which was `Lowdown' ; the worst Marr-McCulloch work was yet to be released, the dire Spice Girls/World Cup song `Top of the World' from 1998!

The initial e.p. `Zephyr' was probably their most consistent release, perhaps Electrafixion would have been better off released e.p.'s rather than an album? `Burned' is probably too long and a bit samey in terms of the grunge sound - which is why the psychedelic/acoustic versions from the `Sister Pain'-single on the second disc are probably more interesting (more in common with `Porcupine/Ocean Rain'). `Rain on Me' sounds like classic Bunnymen, while `Burned' is a rockier variant on material that feels akin to `Crocodiles' - much of the album sounds a bit like `Ragged Glory'-Crazy Horse (which is no bad thing). `Who's Been Sleeping In My Head?' is probably the catchiest song here, a shame that the live acoustic version from the three-part single isn't included, well worth tracking down! The best song here, and one that the reformed Bunnymen should add to their live-sets, is `Sister Pain' - material worthy of the band who recorded such classics as `Show of Strength', `All that Jazz' & `Over the Wall.'

The two disc budget price collection of most output of this is worth tracking down, though I'd look out for the triple cd single with all of those great live versions on. An improvement over the 5th Bunnymen LP and the most rocking material since 1981. McCulloch & Sergeant would begin to play Bunnymen material again when promoting this, shortly after drafting Les Pattinson back into the fold and returning with the `Evergreen' album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Bunnymen Incognito, 19 Jan 2005
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This review is from: Burned (Audio CD)
To all intents and purposes this now stands as the forgotten Bunnymen album. Since Les Pattinson's departure after 1997's marvellous comeback album Evergreen, the Bunnymen have been down to the nucleus of founder members Will Sergeant and Ian McCulloch, the same duo that first reunited as Electrafixion on Burned. At the time we devoted fans of the Bunnymen were more than happy with Burned in lieu of a full Bunnymen reunion with Pattinson. So when Evergreen happened we were in heaven. However, the two albums since Pattinson's departure have been by far the weakest of Sergeant and McCulloch's joint careers, and that includes Burned. Because, although far from a match for the Bunnymen on form, Burned contains more energy and sensory exploration than either of the post-Pattinson Bunnymen albums. "Lowdown" is certainly a contender for any Bunnymen "best of" collection, but seems to have been sadly written out of the group's history. The recent Crystal Days boxed set, although in every sense an exceptional compilation, paid no homage to the Electrafixion moments, just as it overlooked Reverberation, the album made in 1990 by Sergeant and Pattinson as the Bunnymen without McCulloch. So niether Burned nor Reverberation are the Bunnymen as we know and love them, but they still contain plenty of flashes of the genius that makes this band the other great Liverpudlian musical export.
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