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Slideling

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This long awaited solo album from ex-Echo & The Bunnymen frontman is classic McCulloch, moody & atmospheric with thoughtful lyrics & powerful instrumental washes. Multi-platinum stars Coldplay appear on several tracks. 'More Bryon than Bono, McCulloch dan

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Given the Phoenix-like post-millennium resurrection of Echo & the Bunnymen, Slideling is a rather unexpected and rather belated third solo offering from their loquacious egotist of a frontman. It's clear, however, that you may be able to take the Ian McCulloch out of Echo & the Bunnymen (not a good idea if judged by past experience), but you can't take the Echo & the Bunnymen out of McCulloch, even if his abstention in this instance is merely temporary. Despite auxiliary assistance from both Jon Buckland and Chris Martin of Coldplay and actor John Simm, circumventing the Bunnymen's shadowy, superstitious pop signature was not going to be easy for one of that band's two integral players. And so Slideling has it's quota of slyly atypical squinty-eyed rockers, among them "High Wires" and "She Sings (All My Life)," two numbers that not only divulge a lingering debt to David Bowie and the Velvet Underground, but also to prior Bunnymen compositions like "Do It Clean" and "Seven Seas." Slideling is McCulloch's best solo offering by a distance. --Kevin Maidment

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Love In Veins
  2. Playgrounds And City Parks
  3. Sliding
  4. Baby Hold On
  5. Arthur
  6. Season
  7. Another Train
  8. High Wires
  9. She Sings (All My Life)
  10. Kansas
  11. Stake Your Claim


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00008XRYT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ian McCulloch is the lead singer of Echo and The Bunnymen. They are one of the more successful groups in recent memory. His solo work hasn't received as much attention. This time he worked without Will Sergeant. About this record McCulloch says: "Heroes can be hard to find, but whoever we decide to put on a pedestal, we'll find the pedestal has three legs and one of them is a bit wobbly." McCulloch seems a lot more confident on this record. Songs about love and childhood dominate. In the song "Playgrounds and City Parks' McCulloch sings: "We played around til it went dark/in every breath another spark was dying/at bus stops we stood in line/like full stops at the end of time/where teardrops don't ever dry fro crying..." It's also a surprise that Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay contribute backing vocals and guitar on numerous songs. Echo and The Bunnymen in turn has been a massive influence on Coldplay all these years. McCulloch also wears his influences on his sleeve: Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, and Smokey Robinson. All of the songs are extremely melodic and dreamy. McCulloch has turned to the Liverpool streets for inspiration. There is some vague mysticism that he captured so well with The Bunnymen. Here he creates a palate to build on in the future.
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Im addicted to this disc. Im a veterinarian, and everyday that Im in surgery, I put this baby in and sing along. Kansas has to be the best song on the disc. I find myself waking up singing this song. You can't go wrong with it. If you're a Bunnymen fan, you'll love it.
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By A Customer on May 31, 2003
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This album is pure gold, in the tradition of �Candleland� and �What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?� The songs are finely crafted and varied in mood and style. McCulloch�s voice is in top form. This is honest, passionate, lovely work � an album to keep and to cherish.
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i almost flipped out when i saw this new solo cd from Ian McCulloch! i fell deeply deeply in love with his Candleland album years ago. his smooth and smokey voice is amazing; and the album's beautiful and haunting pop melodies spoke to me in a dear way. his follow up record, Mysterio, saw him going in a more racious rocking approach, but it was also a good record. now with Slideling (horrible title, by the way), he seems to have come to find a good balance between both styles. the album opens with the frolicking romp of "Love In Veins" which has a bit of a Coldplay feel to it, but with a thicker, more beefy feel. the other standout tunes on here are the lovely title track, the sweet and tender "Playgrounds And City Parks", and the Velvet Underground throwback of "Baby Hold On." unfortunatly, the rest of the album gets lost in a bland generic singer songwriter fog...which is a shame because i like Ian. i'm glad there are a handful of really good songs on here; because despite the overall boring album, the bright spots on the map make it worth the trip. (on one more negative note-this cd has some outlandishly bad graphic design and layout...yuck! his last two solo cd's had a great simple feel...but this one is overdone and just plain ugly!)
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Mac proves once again that he can really deliver the goods. This a great, awesome album from start to finish with the same lyrical mysticism and poetry we've all come to know and loveSlideling 2. Highlights include the addictive "High Wires" and "Sliding" -- There's also a fabulous accoustic rendition of "sliding" on the Slideling Release Part II. Not a band song in the whole lot. Niiiiiiice.
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The hardcore Bunnymen fans who have followed Mac's solo efforts with more than passing interest no doubt were buoyed to discover Mac was working on his first proper solo outing since the underrated "Mysterio," released some 11 years ago. They will not be disappointed. Nor should the--hopefully--legions of new fans who flock to this brilliant, shimmering collection of songs. Though blasphemous to Bunnymen fans, I'll say it anyways --untethered by Will Sargeant's magic wand, Mac's solo efforts do something unexpected -- they soar. From the remarkable "Candleland," to the impressive song-cycle of "Mysterio," to the stripped-down, straight-ahead rock-pop of "Slideling," Mac's solo works stand up proudly to the Bunnymen's best. Can't really say "Slideling" is Mac's "best" solo effort thus far -- they're all pretty amazing. But rest assured that Mac's scary gift for blending melody, harmony, lyrics and the best vocals on the planet are in full sonic display. From blissful rockers like "Love in Veins," "Seasons," and "High Wires," to wistful, yet emotionally-charged ballads like "Playgrounds and City Parks," "Sliding," and "Kansas," to soaring show-stoppers like "She Sings" and "Stake Your Claim," this collection simply confirms what Bunnymen fans across the globe already know -- Mac is the greatest singer-songwriter there is. He knows it. So do we.
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Listening to this Ian McCulloch solo album is much like listening to only one speaker of a stereo. It sounds good, but it's certainly missing something. Slideling is McCulloch's third solo album, and is by far his best solo effort since Candleland, but like the previous two solo projects, the songs all have a hole in them by the name of Will Sergeant. Without Sergeant's amazing guitaqr, McCulloch is just a great voice with often far to repedative lyrics.
There are some highlights on the album that almost live up to the Bunnymen's glory - but they're too few and out numbered by a number of tracks marred by an uninspired lead guitar or just simplistic song structure. The stand out tracks on the album include 'High Wire' with it's infectious up-tempo groove and fun backing vocals (Woo!) (High Wire is also a very Electrafixion like song) and 'Seasons' - which is the most Bunny-like track on the disc. Other highlights include 'She Sings (all my life)' and 'Love in Veins.'
All said, the new album is a welcome addition to my CD collection - and is getting ripped to my iPod tonight. However, the album sure could use Will Sergeant's input. Together McCulloch and Sergeant are the best music partnership to come from Liverpool since Lennon-McCartney. With luck the Bunnymen will retun - until then you'll find me singing along to Slideling.
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