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Ocean Rain

Echo And The Bunnymen

1984

Ocean Rain
Album Summary

Ocean Rain is the fourth studio album by the English post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen. It was released on 4 May 1984 and reached number four on the UK Albums Chart, number 87 on the United States Billboard 200, number 41 on the Canadian RPM 100 Albums and number 22 on the Swedish chart. Since 1984 the album has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Ocean Rain includes the singles "The Killing Moon", "Silver" and "Seven Seas". The band wrote the songs for the new album in 1983. In early 1984 they recorded most of the album in Paris using a 35-piece orchestra, with other sessions taking place in Bath and Liverpool. Receiving mixed reviews the album was originally released as an LP and a cassette in May 1984 before it was reissued on CD in August. The album was reissued on CD in 2003, along with the other four of the band's first five studio albums, having been remastered and expanded before again being reissued in 2008 with a live bonus disc. The artwork for the album was designed by Martyn Atkins and the photography was by Brian Griffin. Echo & the Bunnymen played a number of concerts in 2008 where they performed Ocean Rain in full and with the backing of an orchestra.

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3.19

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10158
Genres
New Wave
Post Punk

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

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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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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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Sat Sep 04 2021
3

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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Tue Nov 02 2021
5

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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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

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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Sat Sep 04 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 09 2020
5

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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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Too many people sleep on these guys

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 21 2021
2

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Great album, know every song

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

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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Wed Dec 16 2020
4

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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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Lush Orchestral Moody Melodic I enjoyed this - I missed a lot of the 80s new wave in my teen guitar-solo-oriented days and often to my detriment. Most of this is an enjoyable and elegant-sounding slice of early80s British music that at the time I thought was moodier and more somber than I do now. Or maybe I'm just moody and somber at this point in my life. Possible. "Thorn of Crowns" is an odd one... I can't decide if it's ridiculous or I actually like it. ... although maybe both apply. Overall the minor keys with a soaring production is a combination I find myself enjoying - even though it's very "of its age" is that a bad thing here? I say not. A keeper. 7/10 4 stars.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

p526. 1984. 2 stars Sounds like the bastard love child of Nick Cave and The Cure's Robert Smith, but without the talent. Perfectly acceptable without being exceptional in any way. A couple of OK singles, but that's it. On the plus side, it's short, so it doesn't outstay its welcome.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
2

Nothing to write home about. Pretty amusing psychobabble by wannabe weirdos who don't mind sounding silly, which is just as well, but struggle to sound fun, which isn't.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

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

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Geweldige band en fantastisch abum!

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Tue May 25 2021
5

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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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

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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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

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

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

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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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

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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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

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

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

One of my favorite albums from the 80s

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

This album really impressed me. I would even hesitate to call it post-punk due to the wide musical scope this album encompasses. It is clearly influenced by 60s garage rock and the Doors, has a driving post punk feel, and is backed by well placed string arrangements. This synthesis of influences is not limited to a backward looking focus. There are melodic moments that wouldn’t be out of place on a 2000s indie record as well.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

My favorite album from one of my all time favorite bands. Ian McCulloch has never been in better voice. The lyrics are beautifully obtuse but fun and provoking and at times achingly beautiful. Will Sargeants guitar is tasteful and never overdone, alwaysserving the song. And there are so many great songs; Silver, Seven Seas, Thorn of Crowns, Yo Yo Man, Ocean Rain, Kingdom and of course The Killing Moon. A 5 🌟 album if I've ever heard one.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

I’m starting to feel like this kind of music (late 1970s through the 1980s, British, reverb-y) was engineered in a mad scientist’s lab especially for me. (Also, re: the Beach Boys album I neglected to say anything about yesterday, it is very good early 70s psych-pop. Like the rest of their music, it took me some time to warm up to Surf’s Up, despite being a fan of the genre.) 4.5

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Det är ett så stabilt album. Detta är allt the smiths önskade att de var. Det är deppigt det är gitarrigt det är poppigt utan att vara sockersött.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Iconic indie rock masterpiece from the Bunnymen. Nothing less.

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Sat May 14 2022
5

killing moon is a masterpiece

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

Love Killing Moon one of my favs also a good album I like his haunting voice

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

Ei nyt yhtään missään järjestyksessä, mutta mulla on surkea mieli ja halusin kuunnella jotain tuttua ja turvallista ja aidosti hyvää, joten tää, halaa minua kuin lämmin peitto, on ollut rakas alusta asti ja oon monet itkut tätä kuunnellessani itkenyt, muistan yhdenkin kesän Ateenassa, 40 asteen helteessä hikoilin ja itkin - en enää muista mitä itkin, mutta Ocean Rain auttoi silloinkin.

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Sun Jan 15 2023
5

This album is a full blown classic! Lush, atmospheric, melodic and flat out beautiful from beginning to end. The guitar work from Marc Sargent is fantastic. This is the high water mark for the Bunnymen.

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Tue Jan 24 2023
5

Oooh, I really like this one. Nocutnal Me grabbed me from the first listen and I think I like it more than Killing Moon.

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Tue Jan 24 2023
5

Brilliant, perfect, moving, highlight of the Echo catalogue. Killing Moon of course the classic track, Thorn of Crowns my favorite. Memories of Ian McCulloch performing it live, concert hall in entire darkness, only light to be seen his burning cigarette. Much of the music of then now is outdated, this one alive as can be.

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

This was great! Perfect 80s sound.

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

Dásamleg plata. Emo meets nýrómantík. Mikið orchestra. The Killing Moon eitt af stórkostlegustu lögum 80s.

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Fri Feb 03 2023
5

Såg dem -83 i nån jympasal i Hultsfred. Då var det bra och nu är det bra.

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Mon Feb 13 2023
5

one of a the highest achievements of human creativity

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Sun Feb 26 2023
5

I have loved the song The Killing Moon since I first heard it shortly after its release. It’s such an incredibly-crafted song - one of the very best of the 80s. Somehow this never translated into my listening to this album. As a fan or orchestra in pop I really missed out. The lush strings give the album a darker, cinematic tone. Still there are lighter cinematic moments to enjoy. Crystal Days had me happily be-bopping along, but that orchestra lifts the song above being a lightweight 80’s confection. I love it! This is one of my favorite albums of the 80s. I’m glad I found it even if it took nearly 40 years.

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Sun Feb 26 2023
5

I do like the sound of a Bunnymen song. Lots of la-las and do-dos. Pretty!

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Sun Feb 26 2023
5

I realized that I mostly knew Echo and the Bunnymen from 80s movie soundtracks, including "Lost Boys" and "Pretty in Pink." This album is one that I wish I had had back in the 80s, as I know it would have been a favorite. "The Killing Moon" is an incredible song I've not spent enough time with, and "Silver" is a new favorite. I've always liked Ian McCulloch's voice, and I really loved the orchestration of this music. It was interesting and enjoyable and made me quite happy today.

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

An 80s pop rock album with a sick strings section in every song

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Fri Mar 24 2023
5

I am a total sucker for Ian McCulloch's voice.

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Sun Apr 02 2023
5

I've never heard of this band in my life, but this album is great. A lush and interesting 80s album with well written lyrics and a consistent vibe and sound. Except for the song thorn of crowns which has purposefully stripped back and bad production except on the chorus. I kind of like that they took a chance to do something weird but on the other hand I'm not sure how much I love the sound of the singer cumming over and over right in my ears. Definitely the weirdest song, not 100% how I feel about it. It does make the production feel even more deep and lush when the next song plays, and it's a great song. Wasn't super crazy about the final song as well, I feel like this album deserved an epic closer. Other than that I loved it front to back. I think crowns will grow on me in future listens. Score: 90. Album art: 80

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Thu Jun 29 2023
5

This is incredible. I only really knew them from The Killing Moon (which I love). I hear where all my bands come from in this though. Like Arcade Fire, The Killers, Coldplay and Radiohead. This is of its time in the best way.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
5

"Ocean Rain" is the fourth studio album by English post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen. The album was produced by members of the band, Gil Martin and Henri Loustau. To their post-punk and new wave sound they added a 35-piece orchestra and more acoustic guitar to the songs. The album initially received mix reviews and commercially hit #4 in the UK and #87 in the US. A strumming acoustic guitar and strings begin the second single "Silver." A melodic electric guitar. Lead singer Ian McCulloch delivers strong vocals. An exhilarating ending. I think it's about someone outside yourself that can free you, supposedly his wife. Guitarist Will Sergeant delivers an Eastern-style guitar in "Thorn of Crowns." The guitar and music sound like "The End" by the Doors. McCulloch is randomly yelping and he sounds like the lead singer from Suicide. Always a fan of the soft-loud-soft. McColluch said the lyrics had no meaning. But, it's still a pretty good song. "The Killing Moon" was the first single and has that classic guitar open with a prominent bass and drum backing. Sergeant said the guitar was inspired by a Russian balalaika. The seductive pace and mood. No one has control over death. The acoustic guitar takes the lead on "Seven Seas." An underlying electric guitar. A great vocal chorus and the strings take this into grandiose territory. McCulloch goes a capella at the start of the closer "Ocean Rain." It's a slow and dreamy song. The song gains momentum with the strings and guitar. A nice song. There's a lot to like on this album; the strings bring more drama. A prominent bass. Great drumming. The acoustic guitar is in the kead a lot. The electric guitar is underlying and melodic. McColluch's distinct vocals. Imagery in the lyrics particularly of water...lots of water. Ther's more here than just "The Killing Moon" but that alone makes this worth a listen.

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Sun Sep 24 2023
5

Absolutely iconic album & album cover. I'll never forget the times I saw The Bunnymen live. The first time was pure magic, but the second time was an utter mess thanks to Ian's alcoholism...but I digress. The Killing Moon is superb, and the video is essential 80s goth. The rest of the album is dark & romantic. I could go on about how Ian is a huge wanker, but the music he made with his band is wonderful. This album, along with others of its time, is part of my regular listening. Fantastic album.

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Thu Sep 28 2023
5

This album was great, some kinda weird lyrics and the killing moon (the only song I knew from it) was definitely the stand out but it’s still really good and I’ll give it a 5.

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Wed Oct 11 2023
5

This album gets better and better every time I hear it. Rating: 4.8

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

I've listened to this album before in the past and it didn't really stick. Glad I got to give it another go because I really enjoyed it. The Killing Moon is so good, it feels like a resolution to a story. Still some weird / boring tracks in there but I think it's worth it.

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Thu Dec 21 2023
5

I didn't really know what to expect with this one. I had sort of heard killing moon previously in passing. Being greeted with an orchestra from the start was a surprise. This album is melodic, yet broody. Post punk meets goth. I really enjoyed it.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
5

I always feel like I have to say something about my 5* albums, so I’ll try for this one. This is my second listen (as it is for all of the 5* albums, except Village Green Preservation Society retroactively) but before I listened to it, I was already drawn to this album by the album cover, which looks about exactly like how the music sounds. My favorite songs on it are “The Killing Moon” and “The Yo-Yo Man” but all of the songs have potential to keep growing on me in the future.

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Thu Jan 04 2024
5

Love this album so much. The Killing Moon has become one of the most used songs on TV and movie soundtracks and for good reason. The rest of the tracks are just as strong.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

Немного напомнило атмосферой Morphine. При этом как-то музыкально очень круто в меня попало. В целом хочется запомнить сегодняшний момент:)

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

Amazing use of strings, a beautiful album that keeps my attention, solid melodies and includes what I think is their best sone, The Killing Moon.

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Sun Jan 28 2024
5

Loved it the ballad style is a dream

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Mon Feb 05 2024
5

Loved it in the day. Happy to listen again now. Still love it! I forgive the pretentious ridiculous lyrics because the album as a whole sounds so great.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

A band well and truly in their pomp!

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Fri Jan 08 2021
4

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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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

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

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

!!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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Pretty nice without being anything super special

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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

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Mon May 17 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Saved Prior: The Killing Moon Off Rip: Silver, Nocturnal Me, Crystal Days, The Yo Yo Man, Seven Seas, My Kingdom, Ocean Rain Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: One of those albums where I like damn near every song on the album, but nothing floors me. I love the mellow atmosphere of this album and the production was much better than the other Echo album in here. The Killing Moon is one of my favorite songs ever too, but there wasn't enough here to push this into 5 territory. Just a thoroughly good, sometimes great album.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

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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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

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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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

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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Sat May 15 2021
4

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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Mon May 10 2021
4

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

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Mon May 10 2021
4

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

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

The Killing Moon is unfuckwithable.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

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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Wed May 12 2021
4

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

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