An album from the gods after a five-year wait
Forget the fact that you can close your eyes and swear that Echo and The Bunnymen lead vocalist Ian McCulloch sounds more like Chris Martin of Coldplay.
Overlook the five-year interval between Meteoorites, the 12th studio album from McCulloch and fellow original band member Will Sergeant, and the previous musical offering, The Fountain in 2009.
Meteorites, recorded in the band’s home city of Liverpool and London, features an intoxicating mix of acoustic strings and orchestral flavours which literally scream out at the listener.
Songs responsible for this include Is This a Breakdown? Explosions, Burn It Down and the final track New Horizons with its nod to David Bowie.
But there are also European influences on Constantinople and Market Town, the latter song which could easily be mistaken for one by Sheffield band Reverend and the Makers.
There is even a shade of Elvis Presley’s Blues Suede Shoes in Grapes Upon The Vine.
But the stand-out track is Holy Moses with its driving bass guitar and passionate mission to bring the New Romantic sounds of the 1980s into the 21st century.
In this year when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I breaking out, the words of the late Sir Winston Churchill best sum up Echo and The Bunnymen’s new album Meteorites.
“This was their finest hour.”
Music Review by Winston Brown