by Echo & the Bunnymen
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Since their 1997 comeback, Echo & the Bunnymen have made some genuine attempts to keep the momentum going. Evergreen and What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? were eager, bright, and still a little brash. Flowers was nice with its light canvas; however, most fans still preferred their earlier material. That's not to say an older Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant don't make great music together. It's just that the recent material seemed too prosaic. Their sound is so distinctly their own with Sergeant's silvery, tight guitar work and McCulloch's fashionable, sweet-and-sour kind of vocal charm. Siberia, Echo's tenth studio album (including the sans-McCulloch disaster, Reverberation), is the album the two school friends have been trying to make since getting back together to record Evergreen. This 11-song set has every crass beat of Crocodiles and every sparkling thread of Heaven Up Here while the edgy pop moments of the underrated Porcupine are sprinkled throughout. And of course, Ocean Rain will not be forgotten. If anything, Siberia mirrors the passion of that 1984 classic most of all. Sergeant's playing has never sounded better, particularly on the playful self-reflections of "Parthenon Drive" and "Of a Life." McCulloch's lyrics are exactly on par, and vocally, he's sharper than ever. Call it an age thing, but Siberia makes total sense for where Echo & the Bunnymen stands 20 years on as a band. They couldn't have created this album before now. Songs such as the bittersweet musings of "Stormy Weather" and "All Because of You Days" capture Echo & the Bunnymen at their most confident. Album standout "Scissors in the Sand" finds the band's usual cool and cocky demeanor still intact. Really, Siberia is a beautiful album. All those years ago, Echo & the Bunnymen gave the world some "songs to learn and sing." With Siberia, they do it again.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2005
Label: Cooking Vinyl
UPC: 0711297469721
catalogNumber: 4697
Rank: 116021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Echo & the Bunnymen   Primary Artist
Ian McCulloch   Guitar,Vocals
Will Sergeant   Guitar
Peter Wilkinson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Martin Richardson   Violin
Kate Evans   Violin
Hillary Browning   Cello
Simon Finley   Drums
Mimi McCullogh   Tambourine
Paul Fleming   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Professor Ted Gardner   Management
Hugh Jones   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ian McCulloch   Composer
Will Sergeant   Composer
Andrea Wright   Engineer
Pete Byrne   Management
Matthew Edge   Engineer
Peasy   Management

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Siberia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Echo and the Bunnymen have come up with a really stylish killer cd with so many moments from the past but fresh and urgent music. Its too bad they just don't get the push from radio and the press as other bands such as U2 always got. I think both bands still have it going on but Echo and the bunnymen just never broke to the masses, I prefer this band personally, I can relate to their music. Although cigarettes have done some unusual things to Ian's voice it has a mellow rock edge that keeps it interesting, melancholy in spots, the songs rolling right along. Love the little retro touches, guitar work is intense and this cd just moves and rock along. Great stuff from a timely band still making such classic music. This band is so inventive and I've always liked the way they make non-commerical music that still has a sound like no other. Keep going guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Echo and the Bunnymen have never really gotten the credit they deserve. They have always giving there fans above par records.Some of there releases, better than others but all respectful.After all these years they have finally made the great album everyone was waiting for.....In the times when rivals are missing there marks,the bunnymen have put there best effort foward.....The great( all because of you days)is classic.(In the margins) is a haunting journey into the bunnymens sound and Stormy Weather is a song that shows that Ian and Will should be in the ranks of some of the great singer....songwriters of our time. A+