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Echo and the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Ocean Rain (1984)

Ocean Rain (1984)

How can Magic Albums possibly be a music review blog without a review of Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ocean Rain? My sincerest apologies for not having yet reviewed this gem!

I’m a big fan of eighties music – I mean, the birth of alternative, come on! I love post-punk acts such as Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Television, Talking Heads, etc.

Ocean Rain obviously comes straight out of the eighties. It has “that sound” to it, but it is unique enough in its own right to be a classic of eighties music.

Echo and the Bunnymen have a certain lushness to their music, despite the minimalism, especially on Ocean Rain. Strings arrangements pepper the album and really add intricacy. Ian McCulloch’s soaring vocals remind me of another Ian, the lead singer of Joy Division. The difference is Echo and the Bunnymen can leave you with a good mood, which is a plus if you don’t feel depressed.

There really aren’t bad songs on this album. But the ones that stick out to me are “Silver,” “Nocturnal Me,” Crystal Days,” “The Killing Moon,” and the title track, “Ocean Rain.”

In conclusion, a very fun album, good for driving, albeit by yourself  (in my opinion at least).

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