ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
The Stars, The Oceans And The Moon BMG 6/10
Long mac titans’ best-of, with strings attached Sailing to sadder shores of late, King Bunny Ian McCulloch has become increasingly reclusive and riven with selfdoubt. For The Stars, The Oceans And The Moon, the original scally mystic has orchestrated a selection of old songs with a missionary zeal (“It’s important to me to make the songs better,” he said. “I have to do it”). If the Frank Sinatra of the back-combing set cannot top the ugly beauty of the original “The Killing Moon”, “Ocean Rain” or “Rescue”, their genius/gibberish takes on a compelling autumnal tone here. New songs “The Somnambulist” and “How Far”, meanwhile, are testament to a talent still screaming from beneath the waves.
Jolly by name only: Emika