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A good addition to a great legacy,
This review is from: Meteorites (Audio CD)
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.