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MOVE reviews Echo and the Bunnymen’s “Meteorites”

By Michael Weinstein | June 6, 2014

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Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, the only remaining original members of the 80s post-punk group Echo and the Bunnymen, have crafted an enjoyable and intricate new release dubbed “Meteorites.” The album is the Bunnymen’s eleventh and their first since they released “The Fountain” in 2009.

The album opens with the title track, “Meteorites,” which sounds so close to Pink Floyd’s “Time” that I had to double check that I was listening to an album released in 2014. The next track, “Holy Moses,” takes an immediate left turn through English indie rock territory that sounds more contemporary, albeit conservative and very safe.

The next few tracks build momentum and energy, creating an orchestral sound with a string section that would make Arcade Fire blush with envy. The album comes to a climax with its most commercial-ready track, “Market Town.” This track is experimental indie rock, with lots of reverb and harmonizing that sounds fresh for an artist’s eleventh studio album. It’s unfortunate that “Market Town” is the second to last song on the album, as most will probably tire of the album’s very safe sound in favor of something more fresh.

Although “Meteorites” is conservative and somewhat boring, it’s still a very well-produced and enjoyable album. It is perfect for a cross-country road trip, where the goal is to draw a variety of artists, and this album fits perfectly into the English indie rock sector in a year that has seen few similar releases.

MOVE gives “Meteorites” 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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