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Ocean Rain

Echo And The Bunnymen

1984

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Ce qu'il s'est passé est tout bonnement effroyable. Comme annoncé dans notre review précédente, robpalombière et moi même sommes entré par effraction au sein du domicile de Robert. Ce que nous y avons découvert dépasse l'entendement. Tout d'abord, dès l'entrée dans le salon, nous découvrions une centaine d'ordinateurs diffusant en boucle le dernier album de Mike Ladd, ce qui provoquait un brouhaha absolument insupportable. Mais nous n'étions pas venu pour cela. Nous descendions alors au sous-sols à pas feutrés, chaque avancée du genous nous éloignant des sonorités slam de Mike Ladd, mais nous rapprochant d'une mélodie bien familière... "ique ton coeur", *avancée du genou*, "qui pique ton coeur", *avancée du genou*, "l'as de trèfle qui pique ton coeur"... Nous touchions au but. Dans cette cave, spécialement amménagée pour l'occasion, nous pouvions deviner la silhouette de MC Solaar, faisant face au mur de sa gêole, et répétant inlassablement les quelques vers du refrain de Caroline t'envoles pas. Tout se passa alors très vite, tandis que je crochetais la serrure, robpalombière tendit la main à MC Solaar. Il fallut peu de temps pour que nous remontions discrètement les marches menant au rez de chaussée, et nous eclipsions discrètement du domicile de Robert pour rejoindre notre véhicule garé quelques rues plus loin. Nous l'avions fait, nous avions délivré MC Solaar. Mais alors que nous laissions notre joie éclater, rob poussa alors un cri: "Merde!! J'ai fait une connerie!! J'ai oublié nos cartes d'identité sur la table basse du salon!!!" - En effet, rob avait fait une connerie, puisqu'il avait oublié nos cartes d'identité sur la table basse du salon. Sur ces cartes d'identité figurent nos pseudos d'auditeur du générateur, ce qui laisse désormais à Robert toute liberté de nous localiser, dès l'instant ou il réalisera que MC Solaar avait été retrouvé...

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Had to listen to this twice for it to even sink in. It just kind of washed over me. The vocal delivery is like Bono trying to channel Jim Morrison's ghost (especially on thorn of crowns). Ambitious and moody. Like a strange hybrid of The Cure, Bauhaus, XTC, and U2. "The Killing Moon" reminds me of Radiohead. I listened to it a third time (this time in the day) and it started to grow on me. Went from 3 to 4 overnight. At night it seemed so melodramatic but in the daytime it sounded a little more balanced.

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Comme vous le savez probablement, la journée d'hier a été marquée par l'opération de sauvetage de MC Solaar au domicile de Robert Dimery. Je vous invite à vous référer à la critique de mon compère elgomez pour avoir connaissance de la chronologie des faits. Ocean Rain est un bon album. On notera cependant la déception qui suit le moment où l'on se rend compte qu'il ne s'agit pas de l'album Purple Rain, que beaucoup de fans d'Echo And The Bunnymen ont connu le jour de sa sortie.

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Too many people sleep on these guys

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Amazing album, definitely a bridge between Madchester music and 90s alt/indies rock. You can hear them influencing almost every 90s non pop musician.

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Genuinely didn’t know what I expected from this album. I hadn’t heard overly good things about Echo & the Bunnymen - I was pleasantly surprised. This sounds quite a bit like some of the more obscure alt/indie rock from the mid 2000s. I dig it. “The Killing Moon” is a straight-up great song.

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As I listen to this I sit and wonder. I wonder, should I let that Filipino child that I stole from the hospital out of her cage? You almost had me there for a minute, Echo. I almost let her out. She stays. The Bunnymen can come visit whenever they want. She'll be here. Caged. Ready.

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The prefect cocktail of mystery and magic, haunting lyrics and an exquisite score underpinning it all expertly. I think if that boat was sinking, Big Sam would keep them up.

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I REALLY liked this. It’s got a cool art rock, post-punk vibes. Some Jim Morrison style vocals at time, with some really cool arrangements. Just liked this a lot. Surprised at how good I thought it was. Back half is phenomenal

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Great album, know every song

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I like it. I came of age in the eighties and was an indie kid, but for some reason had an aversion to this band. I should have listened to this album.

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bueno bueno

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uqh1BfOYIs&ab_channel=Breees._.edits

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Geweldige band en fantastisch abum!

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Discazo de New Wave. No sobra ni falta nada. A la altura de los mejores The Cure. Bajo espectacular, buenas melodías y bien instrumentalizado. Y encima incluye The Killing Moon..

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fkin great

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really good

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It was ok.

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One of my favorite albums of all-time, though just my 2nd favorite Bunnymen album. Love me some Crocodiles. 5 🌟 without question.

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Uno de los momentos más bellos del pop de guitarras de los 80.

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hell yeah, i love this album i’ve liked Echo & The Bunnymen for years and i’ve heard most of the songs on this album already but i don’t think i’ve actually heard the whole thing front to back before and it was a really great experience. least favorite song was Thorn of Crowns, it was just kind of lame to listen to but i loved all the other songs. my favorite song has to be the one that got me into them in the first place: Nocturnal Me, and The Killing Moon is a close second. i think it’s fair to give it a 10/10, i’m a sucker for Joy Division and The Smiths, this album is great for me

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British 84's post-punk. The band's fourth album. Since 1984 the album has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Great! Will listen it again many times.

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Criminally underrated album thats full of strong influences but in turn influenced so many others through the late 80s and 90s.

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Top Scousers.

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Lovely little album

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Brilliant album, played it non stop when it came out & still sounds epic today

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One of my favorite albums from the 80s

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A band well and truly in their pomp!

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Echo and the Bunnymen have achieved a rare feat here, combining thoughtful lyrics with interesting melodies, backed by a 35-piece orchestra. Unfortunately, I had a hard time feeling much of anything while listening to the album, mostly because the lead singer is horribly bland and generic. Best track: Seven Seas

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I think I've heard of this artist, but never gave them a listen. I can see the appeal, the vocals are definitely interesting and engaging. The guys voice is something almost enigmatic? I'm not sure if that's the right word, but it draws you in and captures you.

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Pleasant listening music but nothing I'd get excited for.

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4

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Wasn't feeling it at the beginning, but it grew on me

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Killing moon man

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!!prettttyttyy!! kinda timeless, really talented and catchy. I liked when he said c c c c c c c c cucumber🥒

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Pretty nice without being anything super special

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Kind of liking this! I did not know they were the ones who did "The Killing Moon" but I really like that song. I like the unstable, on-the-edge feel they have going on in some of the songs. Solid!

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New wave/post-punk. 7/10, John Peel was right about this one.

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Pretty good -- thought it sounded like the artist from the Donny Darko song (because it is!).

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Ook dit moet ik nog een keer goed luisteren. M'n eerste indruk is een 3,5 maar met het voordeel van de twijfel wordt dat dus een 4.

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Found the Killing Moon after going a bit into Bunnymen's discography following Crocodiles and immediately liked it. Felt the same after listening to this album, very nice flow and makes me feel like I'm on that album cover with them. A very good album Already Saved: The Killing Moon Saved After Listening: Silver, Seven Seas

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Moglo bi se reći upliftični postopunkski album sa odličnim otvaranjem pjesmom "Silver" (ujedno najdraža sa albuma) i sa odličnim orkestralni finišom pjesme 'Ocean Rain'. Neočekivan rasplet kod mene, već sam preslušao album možda 2 puta, ali ovaj puta je ipak više kliknuo. Sve u svemu na prvi puta mi je drugi dio albuma bio bolji, ali drugim slušanjem mi je podjednako pokazao kvalitetu. 4/5 P. S. Album cover podsjeća na pjesmu od Nick Cavea & Bad Seedsa - Weeping Song.

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Loved the songs on this album. It is one of the best albums compared to the ones I have listened to on this list.

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Simple, easy listen. Funny enough I heard the title track played on the episode of Good Girls I watched the same day. Strange coincidence.

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Listened 12.05.21

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Pretty catchy but ain't a fan of thorn of crowns

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Ok. saved the famous one

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I like the killing moon and most of the songs are enjoyable. Crown of thorns is weird af..

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The Killing Moon is unfuckwithable.

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Sort of a more superficially optimistic The Cure… vocalist sounds incredibly familiar, although I’ve never *consciously* listened to the Bunnymen before. I’ve probably heard a song but didn’t know it was them. Or some other vocalist sounding like him. I like this. It’s easy to listen to, while still being interesting.

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I was pleasantly surprised that I recognized a song from Inglorious Basterds. Very 70's/80's vibe for sure.

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Almost perfect. Would def go back for more listens. Some amazing gems hidden between the hits.

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Fairly solid background music. Very 80s.

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I had never heard this band before (heard of, but not heard). I enjoyed the album - seemed to be like U2 with lots of odd sounds added in (which I enjoyed). It wasn't sticking with me in terms of being memorable but I'd definitely listen again and check out their other albums. I'd say 3.5 rounded up to a 4.

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Good album by a slightly underrated band. Favorite tracks so far: Thorn of Crowns, Killing Moon and My Kingdom.

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Was really getting the Bowie vibes on this one, and to be honest, didn’t really give this the serious listen it deserves. Listened twice all the way through, but had other things going on. Will perhaps go back and listen again later as nothing really grabbed me except for The Killing Moon. Third listen getting better. 3.5 could go either way

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Possiblement el millor disc de la banda, transició entre el post punk dels començaments i el pop més elegant que anirien desenvolupant durant els '80 i '90. Aquí aglutinen el millor dels dos mons i temes com 'Nocturnal Me', 'Crown of Thorns', 'Silver' o, és clar, 'The Killing Moon' destaquen, no només al disc sinó com alguns dels millors temes de l'època

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Very nice. Starting to stretch their legs.

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killing moon really is a huge tune. the rest of the album was decent too, which is a nice change from the usual fare offered up by albums with an absolute massive banger on them.

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Scouse band deserves at least a 4 for their scouse vibes

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3.7 Interesante y una mezcla entre The Smiths y The Cure

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Echo and the Bunnymen was one of those bands that got massive play in my house when I was a teenager. I had a concert tee that I wore down to nothing, I loved it so much. Ocean Rain is probably the best album the band ever made. The musical arrangements are lovely, but properly subtle and restrained. I was surprised to read they had an actual 35-piece orchestra backing them up. It’s beautifully done, an example of the right way to use strings in rock music. Special mention to Will Sergeant, whose resonant guitar work is distinctive, but interplays really elegantly with some rather delicate arrangements. The lyrics are darkly poetic and ambiguous, delivered in the way only an English post punk singer can do it, dead serious but then yet… not really. I mean how serious can you be if you're comparing your girlfriend to a cold cucumber in the fridge? Ian McCulloch is playing with language, being deliberately obtuse a lot of the time. He has a way of turning a phrase that is really idiosyncratic but beautiful. McCulloch is clearly influenced by both David Bowie and Jim Morrison as a songwriter as well as a vocalist. There is really one song everyone must know from this album, which is of course "The Killing Moon." If you ever want to share with someone why 80s music matters, that's really the song you've got to go with. It's such a darkly beautiful song, certainly the best they ever made, and also one of the best of that genre/era. As a teenager I was less of a fan of the slower tempo “Ocean Rain,” but I’ve got to say, I really loved it on relistening now. “Thorn of Crowns” seems very much of that time (not to mention fairly silly), but overall, the album has aged beautifully. Fave songs: The Killing Moon, Ocean Rain, My Kingdom, Seven Seas, Crystal Days

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pretty good starter songs

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Nice album.

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Narcissus Down. But what a day it has been

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Mooi, 80’s sferisch dromerig

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8/10

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Bloody good innit

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A few memorable tracks, but on second listen the first 2 songs are already growing on me.

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This is pretty high tier. And the cover looks really good. Wtf is "Thorn of Crowns" Solid 4

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Bloody good, innit

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I really like getting to learn more about post-punk and all of the cool stuff that it spawned. I don't have a lot to say about this album, but it was a good listen. A much subtler touch than the Smiths album I got yesterday 4/5

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I love Echo, and I really enjoyed this album, but the whole thing felt like a filler album for the one song - The Killing Moon.

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heard killing moon a hundred times but the rest of the album is pretty good too, kinda slightly gloomy gen x nonsense, like a radio-friendly sisters of mercy. 3/5.

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I think I enjoyed it, but not as much as some of their contemporaries.

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Nothing much going on here, to be honest. A decent attempt at an early-Bowie-esqe take on post-punk music. I didn't hate it but it sure didn't have much of note to recommend it.

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Nice, they play donnie darko theme

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I liked 4/9 songs, rating 2.75/5

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Pretty Okay!

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British rock vibes, not too bad, but not my favorite.

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A little too new wave for me

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Better than expected.

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Nothing too standout.

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It was pretty good. I don't have strong feelings about this one. Good 80s tunes.

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Heh, I know "The Killing Mood" but I actually thought that was a recent indie band's song. That song aged pretty well, I like it. There are some interesting instrumental ideas across the rest of the songs, but in general the vocals completely ruin it for me, it's all the bad parts of Bono and U2. Still, this whole album is pretty interesting for the time it came out. A bit unconventional 80s. Some of the guitars feel very Pink Floyd inspired. I'd personally prob rate it a 2.5 but I'll round up.

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Ok...not my favorite

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false

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Solid, strong album of mid-80s UK slash college rock. 3.5.

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Only listed to first half

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Nocturnal Me is a song I've heard before. Pretty chill. I would listen to it again.

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Smiths and XTC. Cool stuff

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I quite liked it. Started picking up at The Killing Moon and Seven Seas. "Kissin the tort-toice yeah!"

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3

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Hatte ich schon in Parallelliste und kann mich nicht dran erinnern, also kanns ned mega geil gewesen sein.

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Sounds a bit like Bowie but otherwise not that memorable

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Solid calm rock, but it's really worth listening to just to hear the pronunciation of "tortoise" on "Seven Seas"

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C’est bon et ca s’ecoute bien. 3.25*

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Way better than the other Echo album from a few weeks back. This sounds like A House, but it’s not as good as A House. If you hate new wave, I’m coming to realize this list isn’t for you.

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‘Take me internally’. This guy is a smooth operator. I get the feeling this album was recorded in the album sequence, with the singer holding back at the start then unleashing a bit toward the end with 10 beers under his belt. Thorn of Crowns a bit more interesting than the bulk of the album More enjoyable after a few listens over the weekend- probably something the Friday albums will benefit from. C-c-c-cucumber C-c-c-cabbage C-c-c-cauliflower Men on Mars April showers

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3.75, good album, terrible beatles cover

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No está mal. No me enloqueció tampoco.

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I don't feel like writing

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De ene dag kijk je uit naar The Who en dat valt tegen en dan luister je met frisse tegenzin naar Echo en dan is dat ineens prima te pruimen.

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3/5 Pretty unrememberable stuff, but goodish melancholic sounds...

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Hmmm. I know Mike loves it, but it sounded exactly how I thought it would... Maybe a grower.

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It was fine to listen to, but very unexciting. Almost none of the songs really stood out in any way. Just The Killing Moon and Seven Seas a little bit and the rest was just low attention pleasant background sound.

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This singer kind of sounds like Bono. I wonder if they influenced U2 at all.

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Only good songs are Killing Moon and Ocean Rain. That's all I have to say.

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Solidan albumčić, neke pjesme bezvremenski bengeri, neke malo iritiraju, jebiga. Tri i po moj te pipo.

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Very fun listen.Kind of varies track by track but good driving alone music

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Good, chill, Saturday afternoon listen for hanging in the garden. 70s

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Good stuff

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Nocturnal me

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So I like this album. But it isn't that memorable, and I don't feel the urge to listen to it again really.

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Nice album. Has some really good tracks, some mediocre ones. Overall, a liked it

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well made album, but I found it kind of boring/repetitive

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Poetric lyrics and unsettling sound that reminds me of The Doors. Some highlights. Some forgettable and overdramatic reminiscent of 80s music in general.

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sad I didn't like it more bc I love The Killing Moon so much.

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I've heard a few different styles through the first half of the album... driving and almost uplifting for a moment (with a tone like Styx does sometimes), then weird and ethereal

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Its good, and inspired at points. That being said not very memorable

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The album moved quickly - it was over before I even realized I had been listening. I had to listen again because I couldn't remember what had gone on. Overall, I'd say it's an uneven album. Silver was a nice leadoff and had me thinking I knew that track or other ones - but couldn't quite place it. The Killing Moon is their signature track but I found it a bit boring. Ultimately, it was all a little too similar and without enough buzz. Decent 80's rock and you can see how it fits in with the Cure and the Smiths, just not quite as good.

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I know I've heard this band's name before, but I've never deliberately listened to any of their albums. Not a bad listen overall! Found myself reaching for the Skip button on Track 2 (Nocturnal Me) and Track 5 (Thorn of Crowns), but decided to play this "1001 Albums" game fair and listen all the way through the complete album. Favorite tracks include "Silver", "Crystal Days", "The Killing Moon", and "My Kingdom". Made me feel some nostalgia for early 80s MTV and the New Wave invasion., but there's also a pretty strong indie/college radio rock feel to this album.

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Listened to the album for the first time. Goth-y type of feel, definitely an 80s Cure-ish vibe, but just not for me.

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Good not great.

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Get points for originality, and McCulloch’s voice. Couple solid tracks.

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Not bad. Crystal Days made me think of the smiths (but with a decent singer) and thorn of crowns reminded me of David Byrne and the doors at the end.

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These guys are really underappreciated in my opinion. Super consistent and tight band. The Killing Moon is a CLASSIC song.

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Post-punk is weird.

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Jangly and fun. Easy to listen to.

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Solid album. Some pretty good tunes but can get repetitive at times

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I feel like if I was a gay, into theater, came of age in the 80s and loved Tolkien then I would have loved this album. It was alright

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Great songs are great, weird songs are annoying

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I was torn on this - the highs are really high, with lots of great creative and original sounds and harmonies, but at its low points it does feel a bit self-consciously kooky, as though being out-there is more important that being good. Worth a few listens and with a few tracks that are timeless, but it's got its flaws

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Alright 80s rock album. The style makes it feel like a 60s folk with 80s sound. The killing moon is a good song. All the others are pretty similar but not as good. 5.6/10

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Highlights: The Killing Moon, My Kingdom Lowlights: Ocean Rain

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All at sea again And now my album generator has brought down this Ocean Rain To bathe me again In some Smiths-esque, sometimes acoustic, haunting rock Can you hear its tender frame Sounding from beneath the waves Sounding from beneath the waves

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Cool calm collected.

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If you were told to go and write a song that sounded like Echo and the Bunnymen then this is the first thing that would come into your head. You know what you're getting.

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11/10/21

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Carino ma non mi fa impazzire.

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*New Wave/Alternative? *Nice strings in the first track *Clean sounding guitars *Original Nocturnal Me? *Kind of a gothic vibe *Reminds me a little of Talking Heads and some Interpol

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Alright. Killing moon absolute favourite of the album. Did listen after vomming my ring out, Saturday morning. Big night Friday gorged on Uber Eats. Regret nothing.

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Worth it just for The Killing Moon alone

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It's ok, nice background music.

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Not my taste.

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An all right listen, didn't overly grab me. Nocturnal Me is an unequivocal Ghost song in my head, it jarred me when it started to play! The Bunnymen get an extra star for that track.

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Okay

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A pleasant album with a lot of cool sounds. It does feel a bit ahead of the curve for 1984 while still having some of that quintessential 80s new wave sound. I really enjoyed the breakdown near the end of Thorn of Crowns, and the chord progression in the chorus of The Killing Moon. Favourite Tracks: The Killing Moon, Thorn of Crowns

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3/5

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This album was one note. It was fine for background music but not more than that.

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Ekat pari biisiä oli ihan jees tarttuvia, loput mukiinmeneviä, paitsi Thorn of Crowns.

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Wasn't bad - nothing caught my attention though.

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1 very iconic song, and a very 80s album

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Nice chill album of indie/jingle rock. At first I thought it would be a rather dark and theatrical album, but the second half is classic alternative. The lyrics are pretty fun to read along with as well. 6/10

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I feel like I liked these guys better when I was in high school. Loved their version of people are strange.

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I must be a tough, one man crowd. This didn't grab me at all. Except for Killing Moon, which is such an ace track, the rest failed to inspire any foot tapping and have since been forgotten. 2.7/5, probably would have been a 1 if not for Killing Moon.

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Don‘t like his voice

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Standard 80s

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It didn’t catch my attention enough to remember the next day. Genetic 80s music.

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Hey it has those songs I recognize from a movie or something. Not bad.

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Fine. Not for me.

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Hmmm, what would make this a must listen album? Not terrible, but not much else going on for me. I listened twice but it just missed the mark. Would prefer an album I hated so I least I would have something to say.

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The Killing Moon feels like it was recorded by a different band. Which is unfortunate as it is the best song by quite a margin.

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Overrated. Still 1 classic song

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More like 2.5. It's fine to listen to but does get a bit boring after a while.

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Eh

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false

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1st song baited me into thinking it would be a fun album

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Mwah, kon hier niet zoveel mee.

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Sounded more Jangle Pop than Post-Punk, which is a shame because I like Post-Punk but not Jangle Pop. The edgier songs were highlights (Thorn of Crowns), but those were rare. Found myself mostly bored throughout.

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Apathetic to the majority of the tracks. If this album was only The Killing Moon it would be awesome.

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Not really feeling this.

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Let's try to sound like REM

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bs

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First 2 songs, I did not like at all, but got through them. 3& 4 were good but then 5 was a hard listen. 6,7,8 & 9 were ok. I find it hard to beleive that there isnt better albums that didnt make the 1001 list. I gave it 2 Stars - listened to it but not again.

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Meh, relatively boring. Some high points, the killing moon reminded me a little of machine punch through by moist.

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sinmas

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Nothing I was necessarily familiar with but the album was fairly consistent. No real standouts aside from maybe The Killing Moon.

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Meh

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Ugh. Yet another weird ass boring British band. Production value is all over the place, and the songs are boring. I’m sure it fills a space in the narrative linking punk to new wave or something, but no.

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Recognise The Killing Moon. I know these guys are highly rated, don't know anything about them though. They sound British and a bit ahead of their time for 80s. Can see how they're popular and can hear how much they've influenced modern music. But hard to love it after one listen, so 2/5

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This was fine, I don’t see myself returning to it again and again though.

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I tried, but I just couldn’t get into it. It feels like it has potential, but it just doesn’t with me.

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meh 2 stars

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Meh

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This album just isn't very musical and so it doesn't do anything much for me. The Killing Moon is good but I wouldn't like to hear any of this stuff in more than small quantities.

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Not that impressed....some decent tracks later on tho

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Killing Moon is a great track, but I prefer the Cutter. A whole album of those vocals was a little hard for me to stomach.

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Sin mucho que decir

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idk

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Weird album, goes from kind of generic british chill rock to punk and back to rock again. An album with no particular songs that are real good, but instead a few songs that I would certainly not place in this album.

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Strange music. Not really interesting

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The first five tracks or so were so bland. Kicked up a bit later and I actually saved Seven Seas for permanent rotation. Must be influential or something, because standing alone it’s not terribly worth the time.

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an awesome The Killing Moon and a bunch of crap

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An archeological relic of a genre long gone, and frankly, I'm not in tears.

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Ihan kivaa poppista, mut erityisesti Thorn of Crownsista fiilis on "huonompi Talking Heads".

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Kuulostaa ihan kivalta ja hyviä soundeja, mutta lopulta mikään biisi ei oikein lähtenyt.

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Britisk gloomy rock, post-punk, 80’er

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I was surprised to find that this album annoyed the crap outta me! I’ve always loved The Killing Moon 🌚 but by the time we made it around to that song I as too annoyed to continue and turned it off. Try as we might, we just couldn’t settle into a comfortable groove.

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Eh straange

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one day there will be a good album. today was not that day.

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Generic 80s indie ‘meh’

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This was not good. Nothing memorable

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Lo intenté escuchar más de 5 veces, no es broma.

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Worst music era in history

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No me gusta la voz

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Didn't love it

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Overblown and underwhelming. Sounds like Hunters and Collectors with tickets on themselves.

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esta piola

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