Posts Tagged ‘Post-Punk’


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).


Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)

Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)

This is one of those albums that can change you.

There is not a single song here I dislike. I don’t even know where to begin describing it.

I get such a feeling when I listen to this I get nowhere else. Those are the best albums to me. Turn on the Bright Lights is somehow tied to my psyche. Or something. It just sounds familiar on so many levels.

Turn on the Bright Lights features simple melodies, heavy basslines, and Paul Bank’s strong, baritone voice singing haunting, cryptic lyrics. It is an album of desperation, rejection, guilt, desertion, and painful longing.

It is also angry, but in a sad and desperate way. The kind of anger that is useless and fruitless.

Though bleak and sparse, Turn on the Bright Lights is contradictingly intricate and lush. It engages because it is honest. It puts all of its darkness the table. It forces you to do the same if you are going to explore this album effectively. This is the post-punk/indie masterpiece of the new millenium.

My favorites are “Obstacle 1,” “NYC, ” “Hands Away,” and “The New.” I just picked my favorites here; all the songs are wonderful.

Many of the ideas expressed in Turn on the Bright Lights are often the ignored and ugly truths of life. These truths, these nasty thoughts and feelings we all have, are usually buried under layers of guilt deep in our subconscious.

Paul Banks unearths these truths. They might be ugly to recognize in the mirror of this album, but rarely are they expressed in such a beautiful and perfect way.