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ALBUM REVIEW: "Meteorites" by Echo & The Bunnymen

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ALBUM REVIEW: Echo & The Bunnymen – Meteorites (429 Records) 2014

The first question most of you will have is how do the new songs on Meteorites, the new disc by Echo & The Bunnymen (essentially vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant) stand up against classics like “Seven Seas,” “Lips Like Sugar,” “Bring on the Dancing Horses” and the unmatched modern classic “The Killing Moon”?

A fair question. And one that should be asked. It’s something I’ve been asking since the late 1990’s when Echo released Evergreen, their first band studio release since they broke up earlier in the decade.

Frankly, Meteorites stands as the strongest effort put out by McCulloch & Co. since they entered their second phase when Evergreen was released.

There’s a certain majesty to anthemic groovers like “Is This A Breakdown?” or the engaging “Holy Moses.”

McCulloch’s vocals really shine (as do Sergeant’s shimmery guitars) on “Burn It Down” and the big-sounding “Market Town” bring to mind their mid-1980’s heyday. In fact, you can see where bands like Coldplay and Travis learned their trade.

A few tracks struck me as filler (“Grapes Upon the Vine,” for instance) but the well-crafted numbers far outweigh any underwhelming material that made the cut. 

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