Echo & The Bunnymen – The Fountain

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Make no mistake: We still love to dance our dark hearts out to 1984’s “The Killing Moon” and Ian McCulloch with his deep and smooth voice is still one of rock’s greatest most instantly recognizable singers. But with its 11th studio release The Fountain it seems that Liverpool’s now post -post-punk band has gone from spooky-interesting to tiresome-introspective.

On “The Idolness of Gods” McCulloch even sings how he “must have gotten lazy… lazy.” “Think I Need It Too” and “Everlasting Neverendless” are sufficiently evocative of the band’s glory days to merit a place on your party playlist; the other tracks however will only work as party-enders.