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Legendary Liverpool band Echo & the Bunnymen to release their 12th studio album and first since 2009, Meteorites. Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve), the album contains ten hand-picked new songs written by founder Ian McCulloch and performed by Bunnymen stalwarts Mc Culloch and Will Sergeant along with Gordy Goudie (guitar) and Stephen Brannan (bass).

Formed in 1978, the Bunnymen have been a vital force in the indie rock world for over 36 years having won over millions of obsessive music fans worldwide and indelibly influenced countless bands with their signature sound from the Flaming Lips to Coldplay to Pavement. Meteorites is a key addition to their repertoire. It s an intimate song cycle written by Ian McCulloch performed by the band with a renewed sense of purpose showcasing all of their unmistakable musical hallmarks while taking them to a new level.

Says McCulloch: Meteorites , the new Bunnymen long last we ve made the worthy successor to Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and Ocean Rain. Meteorites is what Echo and the Bunnymen mean and are meant to be up there in heaven--untouchable, celestial, beautiful and real. It has changed my life
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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2014)
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  • Label: Savoy
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 3, 2014
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I think this is a really good album - and I honestly wasn't expecting to like it much.

I liked Ian McCulloch and Echo & The Bunnymen a lot in the days when I was glad to see his face among them, kissing the tortoise shell, but that was 30 years ago. I confess that I have rather lost track of them since then and the idea of a cathartic album from him about depression and other problems didn't appeal much after all this time. I was completely wrong. This is classic McCulloch, I think - thoughtful, allusive and musically very appealing. Every song here is beautifully crafted and many have a very singable tune, The Bunnymen still sound great, the production is ear-filling in a very satisfying way and even without the lyrics this would be very good, I think.

Lyrically, McCulloch hasn't lost any of his genius for somehow getting to the heart of things even when he seems to be talking rather weird nonsense. He's stabbing a sorry heart here, and no mistake, but it's done with humanity and sometimes wit so that it never gets miserable or depressing, and there are some positively anthemic moments ("Holy Moses..." for example) which have a triumphant feel even through the melancholy and despair.

I make no pretence at being an Ian McCulloch aficionado, so others may well have more insightful comparisons to make with his other work. For me, though, this is an intelligent, humane and thoroughly listenable album of ten fine songs, starting with the line "Hope? Where is the hope in me?" and culminating in the rather uplifting, redemptive New Horizons, without a duff track among them. It's genuinely a very good album from a fine, original songwriter and performer. It's one of my albums of the year so far and I think I'll be playing it for years to come.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Hathaway on June 4, 2014
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Like most fans, I prefer E&TB's early hard driving post-punk sound - but I accept those days are gone forever given the absence of Les & Pete. I never really connected with Evergreen or Siberia - there just wasn't any staying power in those albums.

That being said, I obviously didn't think I would like Meteorites at all, even with the excellent Youth (Killing Joke) producing the record. Happily, I have to say Meteorites is a great record. Not perfect, but well produced, lush, and Ian's voice is strong & commanding. Its a very mournful, melancholic album - not one for sunny afternoon drives. But its certainly their most cinematic and tuneful album since Ocean Rain. Lovers on The Run, Market Town, & Explosions are some instant classics, but the album flows perfectly from start to finish.

Meteorites won't win any new converts, but for long time fans of the band skeptical of whether they could make another "classic" album, I cannot recommend this album enough. Its a beautiful timeless record, and being a fan of their more rockin' material, I'm happy to be able to say I'm just fine with that. Recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sirgwyn on August 24, 2014
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For this hardcore EATB fan, the latest album holds up very well upon repeat listening. Every record post-reunion has had its charms. However, many critics berate Will and Mac for being too formulated in their approach in the last decade. The reality is that very few bands can recreate their early sound with the same youthful exuberance and excitement. More importantly, without Pete and Les, the trademark Bunnymen rhythm section's sound is noticeably absent since the original lineup disbanded. Those guys provided the solid underbelly to the band's early output and now, in retrospect, one can appreciate Pete Defreitas' tribal drumming and Les Pattison 's steady bass lines even more.

What Meteorites reveals is the songcraft brilliance that the remaining pair exude almost effortlessly. Mcculloch's lyrics are timeless as usual, but with extraordinary reflection and introspection that only a veteran songsmith can bring. The desperation in his vocal on the opening track Meteorites is spine tingling. No wonder that they open their current tour shows with this song as it brings you back to their early period of majestic moments. The rest of the album has many standout tracks (the first five are flawless). For me, only "Explosions" is less than top notch. As many have said, "Market Town" jams longer than the others and features stellar guitar flourishes. The three bonus tracks are less layered and reveal the songwriting process nicely.

This record allows long time fans to stay interested. They play about five of these tunes on the current tour. In Detroit, my friends commented that
the new songs held up well live and we're played with extra enthusiasm. The crowd reaction was encouraging and the show one the best I have seen from the band since the 1980's.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. Watkins on August 4, 2014
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I give this new album a 4.5 star rating - it's better than a 4, but not quite up to a 5.

1) Quality of the vinyl release: the packaging is great - really nice gatefold cover, heavy vinyl. It came with a CD copy included. Really nice quality. The sound quality is good, though not as warm as it could be and actually comes of as kind of harsh and flat. This isn't unique to the vinyl though, as the CD is the same. I don't know if it is over-compressed, or otherwise just poorly mastered. Potentially, the mastering agent may have had a harsh recording/mix to work with. I don't know.

2) The album itself, the songs: I heard all of this 'return to form' and greatest thing since ____' talk before hearing it. On my first listen I was slightly disappointed maybe, but did still immediately catch some songs I liked. "MARKET TOWN" was by far the best, IMO and I must have listened to it 5 times in a row. IMO, "Market Town" alone would have been worth the purchase of this album. Great song.

On the next few listens, I started to realize how incredibly layered this album is and how much nuance there is to be explored. "HOLY MOSES" is really good, and catchy. "CONSTANTINOPLE" is really good as well, and reminds me of the ELEXTRAFIXION stuff Ian and Will did in the 90s. Will really rips on the guitar all throughout this song. "IS THIS A BREAKDOWN" is really good as well, and direct with lines like "is this a breakdown? This IS a breakdown, I know". "GRAPES ON THE VINE" is catchy but also complex, and Wil really plays a big role in this song with lots of guitar.

"LOVERS ON THE RUN" sounds like something that could have been on one of the Bunnymen's first few albums.
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