The Liverpool band may be open and unguarded on their 12th record but they can't match their previous highs
For a band formerly as bombastic as Echo And The Bunnymen, it’s sad that their 12th album, and first in five years, begins with a whimper. The title track opener takes a few minutes to reach its Verve-esque chorus, and even when it does, Ian McCulloch’s normally peerless voice is drowned by strings, guitars and backing vocals. It’s not all bad, though: ‘Lovers On The Run’ is vintage Bunnymen, with Big Mac crooning semi-cryptically about “rising tides” and “baying suns” over a riff borrowed from ‘The Killing Moon’. The candour of the lyrics and song titles here is to be admired, (McCulloch candidly examines his mental health throughout, while one song’s called ‘Is This A Breakdown?’). But, as a whole, ‘Meteorites’ fails to set the sky on fire.