Limited vinyl LP repressing of this 1983 album from the Liverpudlian quartet. Porcupine is Echo & the Bunnymen's most profound and personal album from their early period. Weathering band turmoil, rejections from their record company and spans of songwriting drought, the group emerged with a passionate and compelling set of songs described by vocalist Ian McCulloch as 'coming to terms with the opposites in me.' While the album includes both 'The Back of Love' and 'The Cutter' (two of their most upbeat and successful singles), most of the material was fairly introverted and autobiographical. Unfortunately suffering negative reviews upon release (including a misguided hate-piece in the NME), Porcupine has since become a gold standard for both the band and British underground Rock from the '80s. It's also simultaneously their most retro album and their most forward-looking. The production is full of guitar effects that must have set the mind of Kevin Shields onto the path to My Bloody Valentine's own masterpiece, Loveless.
Echo & The Bunnymen
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Sounding out the theme that mankind is alone in the universe without any higher power to bring order to human existence, Ian McCulloch's insistent, persistent atheism graduates from whatever formative phase it was in before on the Bunnymen's third full-length release, "Porcupine", Mac's relentless vision redeemed largely by the band's drone-driven electo-acoustical arrangements, a decidedly ethnic overlayer of live strings, and engaging percussive interplay.
"My White Devil", quite possibly the only song written about a Jacobean revenge tragedist (John Webster, the author of "The White Devil" and "The Duchess Malfi") is perhaps the band's most uniform arrangement according to most of those signature universal elements; the track's melody unwinds via a heavily-percolating bassline, the main transitional bridge involves counterpoint provided by a xylophone, Will Sergeant's angular guitar line is tuned to a slightly eastern modality, and...
One of the Bunnymen's best. Outstanding album from their early years.
masterpiece......very necesary in an art collection!!!
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