A remix and three non-album tracks...what's NOT to like?,
This review is from: Faith and Healing (Audio CD)
When Ian McCulloch left Echo & the Bunnymen in 1988, at the peak of their commercial success, to pursue a solo career it was intended to be temporary. When his ex-band mates recruited Noel Burke (the ex-lead singer of St. Vitus Dance) to replace McCulloch that split became more permanent, especially when they released "Reverberation". The 1989 release of McCulloch's Candleland and Echo's Reverberation created a critical and commercial showdown which McCulloch won on both counts with Candleland hitting #18 on the UK Albums Chart and this song, its second single, hit #10 on the Modern Rock Tracks charts.
"Faith & Healing" leaves no doubt that McCulloch brought most of the influences to Echo. Drenched in his influences (Jim Morrison of the Doors foremost among them) McCulloch creates a track that fares well with much of the Echo canon. About the only thing missing is Will Sergeant's chiming signature guitar work and some of the Porcupine (US Release) or Ocean Rain era drama and intensity. This CD single includes three non-album tracks and the 7" mix of "Faith & Healing". Since Amazon doesn't list the tracks or running times here they are:
1. Faith & Healing (7" Mix) - 3:51
2. Toad - 4:00
3. Fear of the Known - 5:49
4. Rocket Ship - 5:48
The non-album tracks are much like the rest of Candleland, very brooding and atmospheric, typically representative of McCulloch's work with Echo and his later solo career. The remix of "Faith & Healing" is a nice bonus too, sounding a bit much like New Order and geared to alternative dance crowd. All in all this CD single has a LOT of appeal not just for diehard fans, but for those looking for remixes and rarities. This is in the 3" CD format but you can easily play it in most CD-ROMs and burn a copy to iTunes (which I did). If you like McCulloch's solo work and his work with Echo then you're sure to love this!