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Echo & Bunnymen

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Editorial Reviews

Bryan Ferry ~ Echo & Bunnymen

1. The Game
2. Over You
3. Bedbugs & Ballyhoo
4. All In Your Mind
5. Bombers Bay
6. Lips Like Sugar
7. Lost and Found
8. New Direction
9. Blue Blue Ocean
10. Satellite
11. All My Life

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: July 7, 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B000002LC2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Hess on October 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Fortunately (or not) this was my introduction to Echo and the Bunnymen fourteen years ago. I had been curious about them, and by the time I finally got around to checking them out, this was their latest release. It is an excellent album by any fair evaluation.
I quickly listened to their earlier albums as well, and I can see why some fans who had known that stuff first might have been a little disappointed by this one, because it is different and does seem to try to cater to more of a general "pop" audience. But without holding it too accountable to sound like earlier albums, it is an excellent one in its own right with some of the best pop songs ever written: "Bedbugs and Ballyhoo," "Lips Like Sugar," "Bombers Bay." There are a few bland tracks here and there, but there's not a truly unlistenable one to be found.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Loren on November 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Echo & the Bunnymen are one of rock's great contributions. Fronted by Ian McCulloch, the Bunnymen deliver consistently excellent recordings, and this self-named 1987 release is no exception. The lyrics alternate between the surreal and delightfully depressing. Always, though, are they delivered in McCulloch's inimitable, heart-achingly earnest style. For the surreal, try: I dream of my days as a desert farmer, Living my life on the fat of the sand. Or for the delightfully depressing, try: All the ghosts have gathered round me, Come to tell me of a change. In the darkness that surrounds me, I am falling down again. And then there's the Bunnymen's music. It's endearingly complex; the songs sound fresh and new with repeated plays. Will Sergeant's guitar work, in particular, is outstanding. "Lips Like Sugar" is the best of the bunch, but all are good. Buy it, then buy their greatest hits collection, "Songs to Learn & Sing -- The Hits."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GeoX on October 10, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This, like all of the Bunnymen's albums, is quite good. In contrast to its predecessor, Ocean Rain, the arrangements here are fairly subdued, and Mac's singing is less overwrought. That does make the album feel less textured, and as a result less interesting, but there are some fine songs to be heard here. All in Your Mind is full of good old-fashioned angst (I pray, and nothing happens/Jesus, it's all in my mind), and has a killer tune to boot, as does the somewhat Doorsish Bedbugs and Ballyhoo. Lips like Sugar, Bombers Bay, and Blue Blue Ocean are also standouts. All in all, if you like the Bunnymen you should get this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bunnygod26 on January 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This 1987 album was considered to be the group's breakthrough in the U.S., but personally this is not their finest hour, although the album contains great tracks like "The Game" and "Lips Like Sugar". I liked the original versions of "Bedbugs And Ballyhoo" and "Over You" (a.k.a. "Ship Of Fools"). Ironically, this record led to their downfall. A year later, the group disbanded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott McFarland on April 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Much more bland, and containing less of the band's identity, than their previous 4 albums or than any of the subsequent albums they put out under this name.
Which is not to say there is not some good music in here. "Lips Like Sugar" is an effective distillation of the band's floating psychedelia. "The Game" is a great song. Most of the rest of this is disposable stuff though. It took them years to slog through making this album ... it was quite a disappointment at the time to those of us who expected greatness from them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Just another Music/Web/Technology Lover on November 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If is funny how completely opposite my sentiments are from a few of the other reviewers. For me, this is the album where Echo & The Bunnymen really hit their stride. Their earlier works, while occasionally brilliant, lacked cohesiveness.

For me, this is Ian McCullooch's style really meshes with the rest of the Bunnymen. This is classic E&B at its best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Kesler on February 12, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Building on their reputation of moody atmospheres and psychedelic concept [of sorts] albums, Echo and The Bunnymen climbed to dizzying heights back in the mid 1980’s, with the release of Ocean Rain, seeming to be their un-reproachable crowing achievement, an album that would not be bested until Reverberation, without Ian McCulloch, found its way onto the airwaves. Never the less, in 1987 Echo and The Bunnymen purposely turned a significant corner and dived successfully into new territory by releasing this brilliant gem filled with a cohesive mix of more radio friendly tunes ... songs that sat on the tip of my tongue, often sung right out loud without me even being aware of it. Each track laced with the next, and each song was worthy of a 12 inch extended dance mix, certainly signifying the significant musical changes that were waiting in the wings.

There are many who are going to try and tell you that these lightweight songs don’t work, that they’re far from the mystic, tantalizing, and obscure imagery they seemed to so easily shrug off. Though, if one considers the notion that Echo, like The Cure, had danced across those dark self-indulgent waters for several albums, then like The Cure, the boys found it necessary to find their way back to the surface, breathe in some pure air, and create something less thematic and foreboding.

This release, their greatest success in America, came on the heels of Songs To Learn And Sing, an essential compilation of their most memorable numbers, including the previously unreleased “Bring On The Dancing Horses” ... all songs that were filled with pure poetry, rounded light musical accents, and fell like soft feathers.
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