Echo and The Bunnymen
The Stars, The Oceans and The Moon


1.0
awful

Review

by Tokyochuchu USER (34 Reviews)
January 8th, 2019 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Why? WHY?!

The Stars, The Oceans & The moon sees the most recent Echo & the Bunnymen record falling into the awkward middle ground between compilation and studio album. The band has taken thirteen classic tracks from their past and reworked and rerecorded them. Plus they've added two new compositions for good measure. On paper it doesn't seem like the worst idea. After all, taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting all these classic songs with fresh ears should be pleasingly nostalgic.

Run.

Run for your f***ing lives!

Oh boy. Let's start with the positives, which shouldn't take long as there aren't many. The more rocking version of 'Lips Like Sugar' presented here is arguably superior to the original, which is quite miraculous. The strait-laced rockier versions of 'Bring On The Dancing Horses' and 'The Cutter' are also pretty fun, if not quite on par with the classic versions. The atmospheric, brooding take on 'Bedbugs & Ballyhoo' meanwhile, would've be a near win if it wasn't for the hilarious jazz-scatt scream of "scooblibop" during it's middle eight. That's not a joke. That actually happens. The oddly sorrowful sea shanty version of 'Seven Seas' is also strangely charming in it's own weird way.

But none of the good on this album can ever erase the horrific trauma delivered by a glockenspiel version of 'Nothing Lasts Forever'. Or the hotel lounge remake of 'Rust'. Or the jazz organ rendition of 'Rescue'. At certain moments this record is so awful that it's almost funny. Almost.

So if an elevator music version of 'The Killing Moon' or a horrible, sluggish and tone deaf updating of 'Stars Are Stars' sounds like your jam, don't despair. Echo & the Bunnymen have got your back. If you do actually like music however, you should probably stay a million miles away from this nasty abomination.



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Papa Universe
January 8th 2019


19137 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The Pointless, The Boring and the POS

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Pheromone
January 8th 2019


6638 Comments


I will never listen to this, fucking hell. Pos!

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wham49
January 8th 2019


4335 Comments


why would you bother to review an album that nobody cares about and you feel is this bad, does not make any sense

Tokyochuchu
January 8th 2019


81 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I have recently written reviews for most of the band's discography. It was a project I wanted to do. This was my last stop on the Bunnymen tour. Besides, should we only write positive reviews? Where's the fun in that?

Pheromone
January 8th 2019


6638 Comments


@wham weird opinion bro

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 8th 2019


29207 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

pretty funny review lol

this is bad

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Divaman
January 8th 2019


3245 Comments


I was hoping you'd do this one too. Sorry to hear it's awful, though. Might have gotten to it otherwise, but I think I'll take your word for it and give it a pass. Pos.

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Dewinged
January 8th 2019


13690 Comments


"Run.

Run for your f***ing lives!"

I lol'd, thanks, pos.

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Hawks
January 8th 2019


66749 Comments


Echo and the BunnyMEN

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oWhoadYo
January 8th 2019


2128 Comments


damn, I'd heard about this



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