ECHO & THE BUNNY BUN­NY­MEN

THE STARS, THE OCEAN & THE MOON BMG, OUT 5 OC­TO­BER

Q (UK) - - Review -

Im­mor­tal ’ 80s cult hits re­booted and re­ar­ranged. While Ian McCul­loch may have tried some­thing sim­i­lar be­fore, on 2013’ s solo LP Holy Ghosts, any rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of Bun­ny­men mas­ter­pieces should be en­cour­aged. Their sky-scrap­ing melodies may not en­joy the same rev­er­ence and ubiq­uity as, say, The Smiths’ cat­a­logue but these re­arrange­ments are mag­i­cal. Zimbo (haunt­ing twang) and The Killing Moon (sub­lime, sparse pi­ano) grace­fully swerve more rou­tine vi­o­lin-saw­ing “re-imag­in­ings”, while McCul­loch’s weath­ered croon brings a deeper sad­ness to his youth­ful ro­mances. New com­po­si­tion The Som­nam­bu­list rocks hard too, fur­ther prov­ing that there’s plenty of cre­ative life left in the group. ★★★★ AN­DREW PERRY Lis­ten To: The Killing Moon | Zimbo | The Som­nam­bu­list

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