ECHO & THE BUN­NY­MEN

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAUREN MUR­PHY

Me­te­orites Ocean Rain

Records ★★★

The mu­sic in­dus­try ain’t what it used to be when a band with a legacy like Echo & the Bun­ny­men’s has to fi­nance al­bums via Pledge -Mu­sic. That doesn’t di­min­ish their 12th stu­dio al­bum in any way, nor does the fact that most of these songs were recorded separately by mas­ter­minds Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant. Pro­ducer Youth brings a full, vig­or­ous sound to Holy Moses and the swirling, mys­ti­cal Con­stantino­ple, while the cho­rus of the ti­tle track cracks open a vault of colourful lay­ers af­ter a stately, string-laden in­tro. Burn It Down and Ex­plo­sions sound safe by com­par­i­son. Still, they’re for­giv­able trans­gres­sions when the track­list­ing con­tains the slouchy pop-rock Grapes Upon the Vine and Lovers on the Run, the lat­ter hewn from the same at­mo­spheric cloth as the iconic Killing Moon. bun­ny­men.com

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