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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stab a sorry heart...
I think this is a really good album - and I honestly wasn't expecting to like it much.

I liked Ian McCulloch and Echo & The Bunnymen a lot in the days when I was glad to see his face among them, kissing the tortoise shell, but that was 30 years ago. I confess that I have rather lost track of them since then and the idea of a cathartic album from him about...
Published 10 months ago by Sid Nuncius

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3.0 out of 5 stars A limited offering from Messrs McCullough & Sergeant
As one reviewer has already stated, with ace producer/Killing Jokester 'Youth' at the production console, I expected a lot more from the band after the disappointing 'Fountain' a fews year back. Things have not progressed since then and although the McCullough/Segeant core remains, this can't really be called a true Bunnymen album.

There is real potential in...
Published 10 months ago by C. Hyams


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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to a great legacy, 30 May 2014
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There are several Echo and The Bunnymen albums everyone should own, whilst this is not quite in the same category as them it is a more than worthwhile addition to their musical cannon. Opener and title track Meteorites has an immense power and majesty to it, not an obvious choice for first track, but a brave one. Holy Moses and fourth track Is This a Breakdown, both sound like they are from a McCulloch solo album, in spite of Youth's production trying to elevate them into something more than MOR, but in between these two tracks is Constantinople, another track with real depth and thats pays off repeated listening, it combines the mood and style of tracks from Heaven Up Here with the production values of Ocean Rain and Evergreen. The same can be said of penultimate track Market Town, which on first hearing seems like a straightforward stomping track, but on closer listening becomes something far more sinister and menacing. The single, Lovers on The Run, has the sort of epic sweep and ambition of the best tracks on Evergreen or Silver and The Killing Moon. New Horizons fits what seems to be the template for Bunnymen albums which is a dramatic reflective closer, but this one is closer to Forgiven from Evergreen or Burn For Me from Flowers, than the more plaintive closers of their last two albums. The remaining three tracks fit in with the mood and themes of the vastly underrated, and chronically undersold, Siberia album, and combine to make this a very cohesive album that draws on different elements of the Bunnymen's music and tries to bring them together in one album. The gripes I have with it are the two tracks that never really take off (Moses and Breakdown) and that the production at times is over the top and takes away, or fails to bring out, the subtelty, vulnerability, and paranoia that lurks in some of the tracks. This seems to be Youth's modus opernadi as as a producer - bombastic and overblown - and its a shame he can't just rein it in a bit at times. He's found the strength in the songs, which some producers wouldn't have done, but then risks losing it with the production. Nonetheless, turn the volume up, put your smartphone down and listen to the album, then listen again, and it will start to really get you. Forget about comparing it with the first four albums, not because it doesn't bear comparison, but because you can do that afterwards, listen to it as an album in its own right, and enjoy it.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Their best album since ....... again!, 10 Jun. 2014
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There are 5 distinct phases to the Bunnymen. 1st 4 albums - quite probably the best band on the planet, culminating in a genuine masterpiece. 2) Album no 5, Lips Like Sugar et all, in which the Bunnymen attempt to go global and lose every ounce of cool they'd ever had and become another 80's band 3) Evergreen - at the time it felt like they'd been away forever, in fact it was a mere ten years (if you don't include Reverberation and Electrafixion). And what a comeback, truly glorious music that was stunningly of it's time, shortly followed by What are you..., another great album that i really enjoyed but no match on what had come before. 4) Flowers and Siberia - in which they seem to succesfully retrench as a 2 piece and other a credible, alternitive version of the Bunnymen with some genuinely fine moments. which brings us, rather sadly, to 5) In which Ian McCulloch seemingly believe that he alone is worthy of the name, in which Sargent is relegated to bit part player, merely there to provide Bunnymen-ish guitar sounds to increasingly tiresome tracks. You could be forgiven for believing that his heart is no longer in guitar playing, but one listen to Poltergeist and it's evidently not the case. What his hearts not into is having to waste his talent on yet another recording by an egotistical ex-bandmate with absolute delusions of grandeur.

I LOVE the Bunnymen. The Bunnymen were a gang that created truly trancendental music that still blows me away all these years later. Ian McCulloch has one of the finest voices of his, or any generation, but i dearly wish he would stop comparing every new album as the best since Ocean Rain (because what does this say about him, really?), and i wish he would stop trading on a name that should be left where it belongs, in the hall of Legends.

I have nothing useful to say about the music on this album, other than that it leaves me completely cold.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen to at least 3 times before you criticise, 14 Jun. 2014
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I think this is a good album. Not too keen on the quality of the recording though.
Went to see them at Shepherds Bush empire last week. They were good. Hope to see Mac this year at the Union Chapel if its on his schedule.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars going up - going down, 27 May 2014
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Give the Bunnymen a break this album is brilliant a slow burner, played it lots of times a potential classic, I have all the albums and it's up there with the best the standout tracks are 'Constantinople' Market Town', Burndown', Grapes upon the vine' not a duff track on it, it sounds modern indie not 80's the new single 'lovers on the run' is current.
Please judge them on what they are doing now not past glories like P. Frizelle who even says 'meteories' is better than Editors whose last LP which got to Number 1 and other bands like Coldplay who sell by the bucket load but as it is 'Echo and The Bunnymen' don't bother as it i's not up to scratch compared to the first four albums, whaaaat. Bands like the Cure haven't released any decent albums for ages, but still sell out big venues in minutes, they are acclaimed not derided its no wonder Mcculloch and co are bitter when they keep on getting mixed reviews, low turnout at gigs and poor record sales as all press/people can say is it's not as good as the classics blah blah blah no wonder Mcculloch's depressed, can't blame him. Buy it you won't regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed, 18 Jan. 2015
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Its ok but not bunnyman standard
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From a Bunnyfan, 28 May 2014
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There is 3 parts to the Bunnymen's history -
Part One 1979-1987 : Four classic albums that's agreed by every fan. Then the decline and compromise of trying to be the next U2 with EATB album which was too polished and just didn't have many good songs on it.

Part Two 1997 : 10 years later the 3 remaining members bring out Evergreen. A cover resembling Crocodiles, 12 strong songs made this an excellent comeback even without Pete de Frietas's solid drumming.

Part Three 1999-now :
What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? - Poor, overproduced with Rust being the only highlight.
Flowers - An understated album that is a hidden gem in the Bunnymen's catalogue.
Siberia - The nearest to 81/82 classic Bunnymen. This should of been the follow up to Ocean Rain.
Fountain - A bit of a stinker! Only the track November has any credibility to it and this was relegated to a B side!
Meteorites - A grower. Like a lot of reviewers have already, on initial listening there is nothing new but listen deeper and there are some very strong songs (Constantinople) and some of the textures are from early Bunnymen (Porcupine). Without Les Pattison's fluid basslines and Pete de Friteas's unique percussion, the Bunnymen will never be the great band they could have been. To get a feel of the edgy Bunnymen style then investigate Poltergiest (Will & Les in freakout mode) or try The Horrors Luminous album to see how the Bunnymen still have an influence.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meteorite shower creeps up on you, 16 July 2014
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Played it quite a few times now and feel it's a grower. Has a bit of a feel of an Ian McCulloch solo album at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pressing and Art Work, 14 July 2014
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I have been a fan of the Bunnymen since the early 80's; my review isn't of the music on the the album, I am a record collector so this review is about the product. The album is a heavy weight 180gsm Vinyl, it is a double album, the pressing is great. The album also comes with a copy of the CD so that you can convert it to MP3 or your desired format for your portable device. The Album cover has been designed by Luke Insect, the lyrics are on the record sleeves with lyric credits and production credits. All in all it is a very well produced double gatefold sleeve with two 12 inch vinyl that are well pressed.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad decline, 1 Jun. 2014
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I desperately wanted to like this album. Every Bunnymen album since Evergreen has been heralded as 'a return to form' or 'their best since (insert title)', only for a sense of disappointment to kick in when actually unveiled. Meteorites has its fair share of lauditory reviews, but its hard to believe that 5 star reviews and words like 'genius' are appearing on Amazon's product page in commection with what's actually on offer.

Each to their own, but this is desperately thin stuff when compared to even the Bunnymen's recent albums, let alone their early 1980s glory days. Like What are You Going to Do With Your Life, Meteorites has the feel of one of Ian McCulloch's solo albums with a smattering of Will Sergeant's (still inspiring) guitar appearing here and there. Far from presenting evidence of McCulloch's 'genius' the songs on Meteorites reflect the steady decline of a once great and ideosyncratic talent with an increasingly bland and conservative series of mid-tempo strumalongs. Grapes Upon the Vine offers a particular low point, appearing to be a series of chords in search of any ideas, and the relative highpoints of Constantinople and Lovers on the Run would be classed as filler on their earlier albums.

Youth's production is strong throughout and ensures that the album often flatters to deceive, but the promise hinted at through many of the arrangements of song intros fails to be supported by the actual songs themselves. Sergeant's guitar still has clout when given the chance, but its difficult to imagine what the guitarist gets out of this project anymore, particularly when contrasted with the imagination on offer in his Glide and Poltergeist work.

I'm not looking for another Ocean Rain from the Bunnymen any more, just something that took a few chances and did something unexpected occasionally. It says a lot about those first four albums that I'm still hoping.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One that should have been left alone., 29 Jun. 2014
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As a huge EATB fan for too many years this was a HUGE disappointment and I agree with many reviewers that it is a McCulloch album released as a group effort.
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