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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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Rating

3.14

Votes

4157

Genres

  • New Wave
  • Post Punk
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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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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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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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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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5

Too many people sleep on these guys

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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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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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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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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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5

Great album, know every song

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

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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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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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5

bueno bueno

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5

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

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5

Geweldige band en fantastisch abum!

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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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5

fkin great

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5

really good

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5

It was ok.

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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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5

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

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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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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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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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5

Top Scousers.

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5

Lovely little album

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5

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

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5

One of my favorite albums from the 80s

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5

Spooky, retro, edgy, solid

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5

I loved the vibes

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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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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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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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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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5

Iconic indie rock masterpiece from the Bunnymen. Nothing less.

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5

killing moon is a masterpiece

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5

Great album!

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4

A band well and truly in their pomp!

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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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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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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

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4

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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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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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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Listened 12.05.21

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

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4

Ok. saved the famous one

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4

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

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4

The Killing Moon is unfuckwithable.

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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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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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4

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

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4

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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4

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

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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

pretty good starter songs

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4

Nice album.

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4

Narcissus Down. But what a day it has been

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4

Mooi, 80’s sferisch dromerig

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8/10

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4

Bloody good innit

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4

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

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4

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

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4

Bloody good, innit

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4

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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4

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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4

4, wonderful album!

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4

The first album that I'm hearing from this group. An interesting experience.

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4

A haunting listen!

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2/17 Mystical cave rock. Standout Tracks: Nocturnal Me, The Yo-Yo Man, The Killing Moon, Seven Seas

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Oh damn! "Nocturnal Me" has been covered by Ghost and I didn't realize it was even a cover.

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4

I missed out by being a little too young for Echo and the Bunnymen by a few years when this came out. Now after knowing their impact on music and giving this album my first full listen, it's good. That whole British new-wave / post-punk sound was all over the place, but EatB clearly have it down pat. 4/5.

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4

This is the second album recommended to me from Echo and the Bunnymen. Ocean Rain sounds like the version of the band that I am most familiar with. This album has one of my all-time favorite tracks from the band ("The Killing Moon") in addition to other familiar favorites ("Seven Seas", "Silver"). I had forgotten about "Seven Seas" and was happy to hear it again. The album is consistent, but with enough variety to keep me interested. I would listen to this album again.

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4

Superb album.

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4

If not for killing moon this would be lower. 3.5

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Låter som nåt en kille som gaslightar dig lyssnar på för att bryta av från the Smiths, nice

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4, nostalgic vibes won me over

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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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i actually liked this album quite a bit. i thought it had a melodic sense at some point but also just a very pretty sound. i would give it like a 3.47 but it’s too good to just give 3.

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Amé.

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4

As good as the The Cure!

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Raincoat rock from Echo. They have the tunes but do occasionally sound like a Cure cover band (not that is necessarily a bad thing). Best Tracks: Silver; The Killing Moon; My Kingdom

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21st April 2022 Listened in the morning and while at amoeba records in Hollywood! Listened again on the drive home. Really liked this, it grew on me and sounded better on second listen.

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4

A favourite Echo album of mine, I played this to death when it came out. Not listened in years and loved hearing these songs again. Always envied Will Sergeant’s guitar tone

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4

I really enjoyed this album. Songs were on fly and there were some really nice guitar parts

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4

Good album that was carried by its dense mystical atmosphere, created by the instruments and the singing. No song really stood out but the album was an enjoyable experience

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4

The songs could have had more memorable choruses and melodies, but the production and instrumentation was great! Lots of orchestration, catchy motifs and musical experimentation not as common in new wave.

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4

i’m surprised more of these songs didnt become popular, this album has a distinct radio feel to it. not really my cup of tea, but some good stuff here

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That’s the Bunnymen that I like!

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4

A voice to die for

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I was halfway into “The Killing Moon” when our home internet went out. It still has not come back on, sadly, and I don’t have unlimited data (phone plans are dumb and expensive in America, Alex) so I haven’t made it all the way through the album. I’m loving it so far except that “Crown of Thorns” seemed to be in the wrong place and killed the momentum. Give that track the boot and I’d be a very happy bunnyman. Can’t wait to hear the rest of it once Spectrum gets their shit together.

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4

Pretty cool

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This was fun! And great name.

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4

The first half of the album is excellent: moody new wave with some orchestral bits. But approximately after the halfway point, it just turns into average alternative.

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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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3

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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3

Nice, they play donnie darko theme

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I liked 4/9 songs, rating 2.75/5

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3

Pretty Okay!

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

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3

A little too new wave for me

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3

Better than expected.

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3

Nothing too standout.

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3

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

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3

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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3

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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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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3

C’est bon et ca s’ecoute bien. 3.25*

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3

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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3

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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3

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

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3

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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Had to restart it like 3 times so I was loosing hope but this is really good. This is the kind of 80’s production that is worth the listen, very little synths and shit, i like that killing moon very much

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for the killing moon

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Its good but a little too moody for my taste

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silver raven goes hard

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After finishing the album I realized I didn't even notice the album was over. I don't think I could remember a single song that stood out. It was just perfectly fine middle of the road stuff.

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Pretty good stuff! Not something I'd listen to regularly but good for a particular mood.

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I dig it. Mostly Killing Moon

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This album in particular reminded me a lot of Jim Morrison's dreamy, distant, psychedelic vocals. I had either never noticed that before, or it is a sound they moved away from in later albums. The Killing Moon, a known hit of theirs, was the standout track on this album. I loved the eastern strings that permeate the track. Additionally, this track leans a little more into the goth rock and new wave space than others on the album and hits a sweet spot for me there. Otherwise, the album was okay. I liked what I heard just fine, but overall didn't personally find any other standout qualities; it was kind of a "one note" album for me.

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Wasn't that bad. Probably something I wouldn't listen to all the time though

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Killing moon och Nocturnal me är så satans bra. Inte helt tagen av resten av plattan, men en stark 3:a iaf

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bretty nice

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It was ok, nice to passively listen to 5.5/10

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Wait, there are two Echo & the Bunnymen albums on this list? Why? Seriously, why? I guess this one will be rated moderately higher for having The Killing Moon on it, but I don't even remember what the other one sounded like. Outside of their one hit, this band was an entirely forgettable new wave act. Not worthy of being on a list of essential albums.

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Pretty boring. To me.

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I'll get my long coat...

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A solid, but not spectacular piece of ‘80s alternative. Enjoyable, manic and overall a worthwhile endeavor for fans looking to dig into all that the ‘80s can offer from a rock perspective.

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Jäi sellanen fiilis, et tää vois olla toisessa ulottuvuudessa U2, mut tässä maailmassa samanlaisiin hitteihin eivät ainakaan tällä levyllä pystyneet. Mut siis hyvä levy

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I liked this more than I remember liking this band. There are some really nice melodies and songs here, and it's all full of a dark atmosphere. I think my mood has become more Echo & The Bunnymen as I've aged, I was in the wrong mood when it first came out.

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A couple of really good songs on this, but some of this album dragged a little

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Indies 80s fan. But never pursued Echo etc , this album has the 2 best tracks they recorded. Cover art 3/5

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Interesting classical/punk-new wave, not what I was expecting, but worth a listen.

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Rock

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um dia essa banda ainda clica direito

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Some really good tunes and some fillers. I liked them at the time, but I don’t think they ever did an album full of great tunes.

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Nice!

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Apparently some people think this is an influential record. I don't (6/10) FT: Nocturnal Me, The Killing Moon

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Hmmm. This album started out not really doing anything for me, but 'Crystal Days' got my attention. I feel like it should have been the beginning of the album; it feels like there's life to the song. A lot of the other songs just feel deadened. They're haunting, but at times there doesn't feel like a point behind them or much emotion. I don't know if I just can't relate to the main singer's voice, or what. It wasn't terrible, but it's not something I would probably seek out again.

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Bit too hippyish for me

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Well well well Let's hear it For the boys

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3.0 - Besides a stretch of three songs on side B (“The Killing Moon”, “Seven Seas”, “My Kingdom”), this record feels underrealized. The mix on the other songs, with the instruments placed way in the back, mostly sounds wispy.

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A couple of good songs on here including The Killing Moon which I know I've heard from multiple things. Interesting album but nothing to write home about.

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pretty good, not stellar

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Average Brit sounds

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The central piece of the album is obviously The Killing Moon. I could sense some Jim Morisson kind of vibes in some of the delivery. Overall a decent album but nothing exceptional

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Ooff, are Echo and the Bunnymen possibly the most overrated band of all time? Certainly if you listen to how they describe themselves ('the greatest album of all time!"), they could never possibly live up to the hype. Obviously, 1001 albums love them, as there are three (THREE!) of their albums on this list, of which this is probably the best. Orchestral arrangements that walk the tightrope, staying just on the right side of bombastic. The lyrics are not nearly as clever as Ian McCullough thinks they are, which makes them the Doors on the 1980s. And they have dated about as well (ie, they have a shrinking fanbase that agree that they are all that, but the rest of the world shrugs). That said, Killing Moon is a real cracker of a song, distinctive, spooky, soaring, and side two of the original vinyl is generally pretty damn good. But not as good as they think they are.

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Solid album, I enjoyed most of it except a few tracks.

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Fluctuates between really good and forgettable. I was only familiar with "The Killing Moon", and that's probably the best track on the album as well. I had a similar album, "Pornography" by the Cure, a few days ago and I definitely enjoyed that one more. Brian Griffin did the photography for this album apparently. Didn't know they were hiring dogs. Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week.

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Was unfamiliar with this band and album but it was definitely something I would listen to again!

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2.7 - atmospheric and interesting, especially with the use of the orchestra - but not something I’ll come back to often. Killing Moon is a classic and I enjoyed Silver, too.

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Killing moon will always be a favorite of mine but there aren't a ton of other great tracks here

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I want to like this more than I do. More listening perhaps...it reminds me of more than itself and tells a tale, need to swim with this a bit more than one listen.

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Pretty good, but unfortunately just another British band that fails to distinguish itself. I will not remember this album if my life depended on it.

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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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false

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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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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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The Killing Moon is a great song. The rest of the album seems pretty good. I'd enjoy hearing this one again. 2/5 for now.

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Not my taste in 80s rock

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I hate new wave.

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More 80s Curish/Smithsish stuff that felt fairly generic to me. Recognized The Killing Moon and I don't know why.

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Punk er bare ikke min genre og det her er ikke bedre end det andet. For meget diskant og rumklang

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This was hilariously bad. Horrid singing, no songs worth enjoying, just boring. Somehow "The Killing Moon" has 117m plays on Spotify. 3/10.

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Wasn’t a fan of the sound of the lead’s voice.

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not my sorta music but it sounded good but I'm also never gonna listen to it again probably

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Boring British garb.

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Best Song: Seven Seas. Somewhat energetic, liked the gang vocals. Worst Song: The Yo-Yo Man. Really just sounds like a budget version of The Doors here. Overall: Put another one on the growing pile of English mediocrity. Is this "1001 Albums to Hear before you Die" or "1001 Albums One Man Heard On His Local Radio"?

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Now I know what all the fuss is about... not much.

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i know a few songs by echo and the bunnymen, which i really enjoy, but i was expecting to enjoy this album more than i did. the album left me disappointed, but it did include their biggest hit! "the killing moon" was the standout, easily. the choice to include a backing orchestra makes for some gorgeous sounds, especially on "nocturnal me." but still, most songs were forgettable and a little too weird sounding for me.

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Killing Time is a stunning tune... the rest (apart from Silver & Seven Seas) are absolute garbage.

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Grim

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Didn’t know what to expect going into it. It was okay, wouldn’t search it out.

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Olipas tylsää menoa, mutta onneksi oli kovin lyhyt teos ja ei kerinnyt mennä pahemmin ihon alle. 2,4*

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I was in a bit of a bad mood, so that didn’t help but I couldn’t get into it and it felt a bit repetitive

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On first listen I was going to give this a 2 because I was largely bored out of my mind by it. Then I heard the last/title track and loved it, so I thought I might have missed something on the rest of the album so I listened to it all the way through again but no turns out it’s mostly just boring

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It's more than a little overblown is my first impression. Did they really need the symphonic orchestra on every track? It's a bit like if the Smiths of The Bad Seeds were fronted by Liam Gallagher or Mary Whitehouse (or even post 2005 Morrissey). All the drama, none of the humour or beauty. Killing Moon is a good song though. That's about as good as I can do. Other than that, this was a slog.

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meh. not overly impressed. not my first bunnymen rodeo. still remained uninspired by them in general. i'm sure they have a niche, kind of like how crocs have a niche in footwear world.

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The first time I heard the band name 'Echo & The Bunnymen', I thought it was a novelty group, like Weird Al. And since I already loved Weird Al, my first thought was the Echo were a copycat and I never gave them a listen. Having listened now, 'The Killing Moon' is the only real standout for me. The rest of it just never gets there, wherever there is. It's not here, though, I know that. What do I want - more Cure? More Erasure? More Depeche Mode? Yeah, probably something like that. This one never broke through.

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Never heard of these guys, another British band. Perfectly inoffensive '80s alt rocky stuff, which means we'll probably get another few albums from them too. I liked a couple songs, "The Killing Moon" even sounded familiar. But yeah, it's one of those that I will forget very quickly. Indistinct. Favorite tracks: The Killing Moon, Crystal Days. Album art: Looks like these guys are boating in some deep cave? I don't know what the surrounding sky or scene is supposed to be. It looks pretty cool, but hard to decipher. 2.5/5

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It's OK, I don't hate it at all but its not for me.

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Trying to hard to be edgy but just coming across as pretentious instead. Very disappointing.

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that one song was really good

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No real stand out songs, all songs kinda just flowed by without any real good ones sticking out to me

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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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this album is probably the REM of post-punk, but I've had enough of these wiggly vocals and soporific indie instrumentation.

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Pretty awful

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didn't like it, couldn't get through it

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Not a massive fan on first listen. A bit like the Smiths if I didn't like them. May grow on me, but won't be jumping to listen again.

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Didn’t finish—slowly getting weary of this genre.

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Didn’t like this one

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esta piola

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