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Meteorites

Meteorites

1 Jan 2014
4.2 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2014
  • Release Date: 26 May 2014
  • Label: Caroline International (S&D)
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 SLG, LLC
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  • Total Length: 47:35
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  • ASIN: B00JS23ZRG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,001 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
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 depression and other problems didn't appeal much after all this time. I was completely wrong. This is classic McCulloch, I think - thoughtful, allusive and musically very appealing. Every song here is beautifully crafted and many have a very singable tune, The Bunnymen still sound great, the production is ear-filling in a very satisfying way and even without the lyrics this would be very good, I think.

Lyrically, McCulloch hasn't lost any of his genius for somehow getting to the heart of things even when he seems to be talking rather weird nonsense. He's stabbing a sorry heart here, and no mistake, but it's done with humanity and sometimes wit so that it never gets miserable or depressing, and there are some positively anthemic moments ("Holy Moses..." for example) which have a triumphant feel even through the melancholy and despair.

I make no pretence at being an Ian McCulloch aficionado, so others may well have more insightful comparisons to make with his other work. For me, though, this is an intelligent, humane and thoroughly listenable album of ten fine songs, starting with the line "Hope? Where is the hope in me?" and culminating in the rather uplifting, redemptive New Horizons, without a duff track among them. It's genuinely a very good album from a fine, original songwriter and performer. It's one of my albums of the year so far and I think I'll be playing it for years to come.
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Put Ian McCulloch & Will Sargeant together and it's ny on impossible for them to make a dodgy record.
Carries on their recent good form from 2009 The Fountain , 2005 Siberia.
Following the ' if it aint broke, don't fix it ' approach, some of theee tracks , notably "Is it a breakdown?". Could be fitted seemlessly into Heaven up Here, Porcupine or Ocean Rain,
Pleasingly the 10 track improve with repeated plays, especially " Explosions "& "Market Town.".
Not perfect the CD mix sounds compressed, but not perfect us Brit award winning by todays standards.

I bought it over a year ago , played then put down, picked up a month ago sounds even better, hence why I felt the need to review,!
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Ian Mcculloch was more of a Jim Morrison than a David Bowie. The soaring peaks that the Bunnymen scaled resulted from the combined input of four extraordinary musicians, and like the Doors, none of them has been able to produce anything amazing without the others. Sadly Mccullogh considers himself a Bowie, a vocal virtuoso, lyricist and musical genius. He is none of these.

The ravages of egomania, alcohol and probably arrogance has left Mccullogh estranged from his past triumphs and influences. And so here we get an album possibly half as good as anything the Bunnymen ever did as a foursome.

Its just OK. So why write.......hoping in vain to hear the real follow up to Heaven up Here.
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Meteorites is an excellent Echo & the Bunnymen album, up there with my own two personal favourites - Porcupine and Ocean Rain. The album is strong all the way through. Constantinople is a great track that would not be out of place on either album. The track Meteorites is an atmospheric opener. Will Sergeant is one of the most underrated and innovative guitarists and the band are in my opinion the best and most original British indie band and their new album is a return to form.
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Only managed to listen to it twice! Couldn't handle it any longer! Boring disappointing drivel. Might grow on me cos I am a fan but I'm comparing it to Crocodiles and Heaven up Here which were fantastic albums. Some bands mellow with age and change artfully. Echo and the Bunnymen have lost their magic, I feel. slow repetitious middle of the road songs.
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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 many of the songs here, but none of them quite 'do it' and after a number hearings, this does not have 'grower' status I'm afraid. I really did try to love this album, but alas I do not even really like it that much. EATB are, frustratingly, becoming increasingly 'samey' with successive releases and sound like a unit fast running out of ideas. This is such a shame as they are without doubt one of my favourite bands of the last 35 years with a stunningly varied back catalaogue of top-notch material, but their much-maligned eponymous 1987 album was vastly superior to this, which says it all really.

With the exception of this album's predecessor (The Fountain) and 1999's What Are You Going To Do With Your Life ?, I can gladly revisit any Bunnymen album, but alas Meteorites falls into the 'I probably won't listen to this again' category. Meteorites is the sound of a band audiably winding-down but I hope, not, bowing out.
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