Tuesday, September 20, 2005

How's my stormy weather now?

Play it: Echo & the Bunnymen Siberia
Play it: "Parthenon Drive" song references

With all the bands these days paying homage to the 80's in their sound, it's refreshing that so much of the real thing has come back with teeth snarled. Echo & the Bunnymen are down to just two now (Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant - so maybe they should now be Echo & the Bunnyman?) and the resulting release, Siberia, is more like their early work since, well... their early work. Of particular note is "Parthenon Drive" which musically is like a cutup of Echo classics "The Cutter," "Bring on the Dancing Horses" and "Villiers Terrace" (play it: "Parthenon Drive" song references.) As it eerily drifts in and out of these self-references, the lyrics fittingly are a look back on life ala Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year." To top off the reminiscing, the song has the sonic sound of the album Heaven Up Here - which shouldn't surprise as with Siberia, the band is reunited with producer Hugh Jones, who hasn't worked with them since the aforementionedHeaven Up Here (play it: Heaven Up Here.)

Other track highlights and observations: The first single, "Stormy Weather" harkens back to the underrated '97 album Evergreen, and Will Sergeant's guitar cuts his lines through like glass. "All Because of You" seems to be a nod (or jab) to U2 in both it's sound and the opening lyrics ("I don't want to run, I don't want to hide,") and reaches similar histrionic heights, effortlessly. Another self-referential track is "Of a Life" which references their greatest hits comp (Songs to Learn and Sing) with the lyric "I want a song to learn and sing/Of a life requited." The other standout track is "Scissors in the Sand," where we find McCulloch and Sergeant can still rock cool and confident. Not the 'masterpiece' that McCulloch has been proclaiming it to be, but truly a beautiful record, and another in an unbelievably long line of great comeback albums this year.

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drake leLane said...

Echo and the Bunnymen - Siberia

* "Stormy Weather" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "All Because Of You Days" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "Parthenon Drive" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "In The Margins" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "Of A Life" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "Make Us Blind" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "Everything Kills You" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "Siberia" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "Sideways Eight" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "Scissors In The Sand" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "What If We Are " - Echo and the Bunnymen

drake leLane said...

"Parthenon Drive" song references

* "Parthenon Drive" - Echo and the Bunnymen
* "The Cutter" - Echo & The Bunnymen
* "Bring On The Dancing Horses" - Echo & The Bunnymen
* "Villiers Terrace" - Echo & The Bunnymen
* "Over The Wall" - Echo & The Bunnymen