The Fountain - Echo & the Bunnymen
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  • Summary: The first studio album in four years for the British rock band was produced with John McLaughlin and Simon Perry.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
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  1. On The Fountain, the Liverpool, England, legends shake off the sluggish tempos of their recent albums in favor of brisk, vibrant pop songs. [Jan 2010, p. 94]
  2. Their most accessible offering in a long time sees Ian McCulloch at his most lyrically ­playful and cocksure, hovering between confessional ("I cried a fountain dry") and mischievous, and firing off one-liners as if it were the band's 80s heyday.
  3. The Fountain reveals that the magic of yore is still there.
  4. The 11th Bunnymen album is a reminder that the elegiac guitars and uplifting choruses of indie rock were invented by this band way back in the ealy '80s. [Nov 2009, p.104]
  5. Maybe it would be easier to give The Fountain the benefit of the doubt if it hadn't been preceded by four similar efforts, or if singer Ian McCulloch hadn't spent the band's entire career unabashedly proclaiming their genius and preeminence in the rock world, but that's a lot of "if" to work with.
  6. To avoid risking further embarrassment and degradation of their impressive legacy, McCulloch and Sergeant need to consider making The Fountain the final Echo & the Bunnymen album. Because on the evidence here, they don’t have another comeback in them.
  7. 40
    Twenty-five years after their creative peak, it seems as essential a purchase as a book of new jokes from Bobby Darvo. [Nov 2009, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. ToddC.
    Nov 13, 2009
    Tracks 1-7 and 10 get better and better everytime you here them. A classic it will be, if The Fountain gets enough air play it should work it's magic on the newer generation. It's catchy lyrics and up beats has me rock'en again like back in the 80's when they first can to the U.S. Expand
  2. PatrickS
    Nov 14, 2009
    I like it. A fun excursion with the Bunnymen.
  3. JoeH
    Nov 14, 2009
    Sadly a tired, stale, formulaic simulation of a once-legendary band.