Siberia - Echo & the Bunnymen
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  • Summary: The Ian McCulloch-led band are re-teamed with producer Hugh Jones (1981's 'Heaven Up Here') on this next step of their reunion.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 88
    Like an aesthetic and visceral run through the hhistory of these most miraculous of musical visionaries. [#17, p.102]
  2. Siberia finds Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant reclaiming their original spirit.
  3. What keeps Siberia from being more of a snoozer is the fact that there’s more Will Sargeant guitar to be found here than on any other recent Echo outings, and Heaven Up Here producer Hugh Jones returns to give the band what’s arguably their fullest production values since 1984’s Ocean Rain.
  4. The Bunnymen are just what they should be in 2005: a band comfortable with their own glorious legacy.
  5. Siberia is... essentially a re-make of the Grey Album.
  6. Sergeant blows glittering guitar lines like glass, while McCulloch overflows the vase with black roses.
  7. The band is seeming lackluster and suffers from it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. CarrollT
    Sep 26, 2005
    10
    astounding, surpasses anything from a veteran rock this year.
  2. JohnS
    Jan 7, 2006
    10
    superb. still a class act both live and on record
  3. ChrisT
    Mar 17, 2006
    10
    Probably to most mature and well produced album ever created by E&TB. Simply LOVE this album, and their live performance in Austin last night was brilliant. Expand
  4. Steve
    Sep 22, 2005
    9
    This is the best thing they've done since they reformed in 1997. I was pleasantly suprised at how strong the tracks are, especially Stormy Weather and All Because Of You Days. Expand
  5. TomB
    Sep 26, 2005
    8
    A stellar album. Loaded with tunes that don't leave your head.
  6. BrentT
    Nov 6, 2005
    8
    Though some may say they're sounding too much like Coldplay, you have to remember who came first between the two. Echo and The Bunnymen, though on a slower note, retain their classic sound that keeps them distinguished from others. As for McCulloch's voice, it's contribution to their sound should never be forgotten... even on their newest album. Expand
  7. Lynn
    Apr 16, 2006
    8
    I had very low expectations for this album, seeing as most "come backs" ultimately fail. This album is a glorious exception! Instead of singing about losing their baby, and all the things young people sing about, they're singing mature songs that are Echo 20 years on, and authentic. I can't stop listening to this album or singing it in my head, there are so many catchy and honest tunes. If you're an Echo fan rush out and get this, and if you're just someone who appreciates mature, complex glorious music, you can't go wrong! Expand

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