‘Meteorites’ would have been an apt name for a previous Echo & The Bunnymen album. Such was the brilliance of their earlier canon that it seemed their origin was from beyond the stars, not Merseyside.
‘Meteorites’, though, is a reasonable but ultimately unspectacular affair – only the title track from this 12th studio collection recalls its makers’ glory days.
Trademark Bunnymen motifs abound: Will Sergeant’s guitars crackle with apocalyptic fury, and Ian McCulloch’s rich vocal flows like a thick vein of molten gold through the tracks.
Sadly, songs are marred by uninspired lyrics, and can sound rehashed from previous LPs – ‘Holy Moses’ is the worst offender. ‘Meteorites’ is the sound of a once-great band bursting into flames on re-entry.
Words: Benji Taylor
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