- Audio CD (30 Sept. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Cooking Vinyl
- ASIN: B00005BCD9
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Flowers is the third creditable instalment of Echo and The Bunnymen's second honeymoon period and finds the stylish, duopolistic musical nucleus of Ian McCulloch's vocal somnolence and the Eastern guitar mystique of Will Sergeant newly augmented by the work of bassist Alex Gleave, drummer Vinny Jamieson and keyboard player Ceri James. Subtle psychedelic touches of theremin, organ and backwards guitar pursue the colourisation of a few monochromic areas but, for the most part, Flowers is less the work of a new broom and more the affirmation of the Bunnymen's vintage vibe. Therefore, the opening "King of Kings" (think The Doors' "When The Music's Over") wouldn't sound out of sorts on Ocean Rain while the pronounced garage pop of "Make Me Shine" and "Life Goes On" both build on past endeavours with a newly insistent, radiant vitality. The album's centrepiece--the careworn, love-scarred lamentation of the title track--exudes hard-earned maturity. And maturity is beginning to suit Echo and The Bunnymen very well indeed. --Kevin Maidment
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The problem is that people are starting from the view that the 80s albums were great, so can these albums be as good? My suggestion is, forget the 80s Echo and the Bunnymen; they have little to do with later Echo and the Bunnymen. Instead think Coldplay or Snow Patrol: the more recent Echo and the Bunnymen have a different sound, it doesn't help to listen to these albums with 80s Bunnymen in your head, it would be better to imagine that the Bunnymen now occupy similar musical territory to Coldplay and Snow Patrol and set your expectations in that direction.
I'm not knocking groups like the 80s Bunnymen, the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees, they were great and made some fine tunes, but don't buy this CD and start thinking "is this as good as Ocean Rain?" because it just isn't the same. It would be like someone who liked early Beatles picking up Sergeant Pepper and thinking "have we got anything as good as 'Hard Day's Night' on here?" If you are going to buy this CD, expect it to sound more like Coldplay and Snow Patrol than anything from the 80s and you will find it easier to enjoy the music.
Which brings me to the point I really want to make, which is that after listening to the more recent Bunnymen albums I am now of the opinion that they are far superior to the 80s albums, and Flowers is probably the best of them all, although they are all very good. It took me a while to come to this opinion, at first I just couldn't decide if I liked them or not, and it was only when I stopped trying to compare them with the 80s albums and realised they had created a different sound that I could get into them and start to really enjoy the music.
This Album is better than its processor (What you going to do with your life) and brings Will Sergeant back into the limelight. The album feels confident but doesn't gel or come across as a band working in harmony to achieve a common objective. This album sound like what revelation may have sounded like if McCulloch was at the helm.
This a band going through the motions, Why I don't know. The intensity of the live gigs has gone and is nothing more than a greatest hits tour. The new material is rarely played if at all.
Well I suppose they have a mortgage to pay so who can blame them.
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