RELEASE DATE: 1985
Echo & The Bunnymen are responsible for a vibrant, varied body of work,
one that married quirky, post-punk sensibility, expansive orchestration and
acid-laced psychedelic poetry to create a thoroughly unique and influential
sound. The lush, ringing guitar work of Will Sergeant and the rich baritone
and vivid imagery of Ian McCulloch are a timeless, musically fertile blend.
"Songs To Learn And Sing" culls together some of the group's most
successful tracks (prior to the album's 1985 release date, anyway), and every
is a fresh, inventive creation.
The band's jagged, more aggressive edge is caught on "Rescue," with
its elliptical lyric and spacious guitars, and straightforward rockers like "Do
It Clean" and "The Back Of Love." Among McCullough's expressive
baritone and literate, though cryptic, lyrics, de Freitas' inspiring,
distictive, tribal drumming, and Pattinson's memorable bass lines, the most
of the Bunnymen's sound, Will Seargent, is fittingly the one who appears to
shine the brightest in this environment. He shreds through every guitar sound/noise
any unorthodox post-punk guitarist would dream of attempting over the next
decade. From the haunting, ethereal "The
Killing Moon"" to the epic sweep of "Silver (both were originally
found on Ocean Rain, as was the powerful "Seven Seas," also featured
truly magical "Bring On The Dancing Horses", with its feather-light
musical touch and pure poetry, rounds out this essential musical document.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Joy Division, New Order, The Sound, The Chameleons