Echo and the Bunnymen: The Fountain | CD review

(Ocean Rain)

Performing their classic album Ocean Rain last year and acquiring a new rhythm section and producer (Busted man John McLaughlin) seems to have rejuvenated the Bunnymen. Their most accessible offering in a long time sees Ian McCulloch at his most lyrically ­playful and cocksure, hovering between confessional ("I cried a fountain dry") and mischievous, and firing off one-liners as if it were the band's 80s heyday. Will Sergeant's guitar-playing is at its scintillating best, although it is piano that backs the album's most ­enduring moment, the tearily anthemic The ­Idolness of Gods. There's nothing as brooding as The Killing Moon, nor as weird as Turquoise Days – but their ­poppiest tunes since Bring On the ­Dancing Horses could win the Scouse veterans a new generation of fans.


Dave Simpson

The GuardianTramp

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