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Could be their best ever
on 24 July 2004
In the 80s Echo and the Bunnymen released a series of acclaimed albums then split. They got back together in the 90s making three further albums, the last of which is this one, Flowers (released in 2001), the other two being Evergreen (1997) and What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? (1998). There seem to be a variety of views about how good these later albums are. Some people say they are as good as the 80s albums, some say they aren't. I now think this approach is fundamentally flawed.
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.