Echo & the Bunnymen is the fifth studio album by the English post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen, their last with drummer Pete de Freitas, who died in 1989 in a motorcycle accident, aged 27. The album was produced by Laurie Latham who recorded the album in Germany, Belgium, London and Liverpool; this followed an aborted attempt at recording the album without de Freitas and with producer Gil Norton.
When Echo & the Bunnymen initially reunited in 1997, they seemed to make a concerted effort to bring their old, moody post-punk sound up to date with what was happening at the time. That year's Evergreen was a pretty decent record, but one that took a lot of cues from the Verve, Oasis, and Britpop's other masters of the big ballad. In the end, the band's retreat to the 80s falters because they can't find their way back.
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Four years ago, Echo and the Bunnymen released Crystal Days 1979-1999, a 4CD retrospective neatly packaging all the energy and beauty of these Scouse stalwarts' youth. It's left a lasting impression: Siberia finds Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant reclaiming their original spirit
Four years ago, Echo and the Bunnymen released Crystal Days 1979-1999, a 4CD retrospective neatly packaging all the energy and beauty of these Scouse stalwarts' youth. Siberia - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics. It's left a lasting impression: Siberia finds Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant reclaiming their original spirit.
Echo & the Bunnymen are now a faint shadow of their former selves. Despair all ye who enter here. There is no hope for glory or return. Without question, Siberia is far and away the best LP the Bunnymen have put out since reforming. It's not original, unique or even particularly inventive. It's simply a case of "Echo & the Bunnymen play you the hits". But boy does it scratch an itch that needed to be scratched. Like a kid with twitching fingers over a Christmas stocking, it's hard to know what to go for first.
And with Echo and the Bunnymen’s tenth studio album, Siberia, on its way, he’s certainly not about to start now. It’s a masterpiece! McCulloch says of the new Bunnymen effort, slated for release September 20th. It’s not supposed to happen to a band at this point, but it’s the most complete album we’ve ever made. Although McCulloch and Sergeant have co-produced themselves since reforming the Bunnymen in the mid-Nineties, McCulloch jokes that Jones was hired to oversee Siberia so I could get my own way, but have someone called Hugh Jones take the blame, I suppose. More seriously, he admits that by 1999’s What Are You Going to Do With Your Life?, the creative balance between him and Sergeant had shifted decisively. Some people called it my best solo album, and Will wasn’t happy, he recalls. But I realized the Bunnymen were always really about me and Will.
Echo & the Bunnymen kicked off their re-formation efforts in the late 90s with Evergreen, an album produced from the same musical blueprint as Siberia, namely, exploit Sergeant’s brilliant fuzz guitars and Ian McCulloch’s sweeping vocals, reciting his cloak and dagger lyrics. Evergreen suffocated under its one-dimensional application; Siberia cautiously led itself stray often enough to provide an appetizing variety. If you’re curious to know why Echo & the Bunnymen are considered one of the best bands of the 80s then I’d point you to one of those early masterpieces