Thursday night found me outside standing in the cold with two CDs in hand. First up was Echo & Bunnymen's Porcupine, their third studio album released on February 4, 1983. In 1984 McCulloch said, "I think Porcupine was a classic autobiographical album, the most honest thing that I'd ever written or sung." Talking about how the album made him feel, he went on to say, "I found the material from it really heavy to play – like, really oppressive. That's the only reason why I didn't like the album. The songs were great but it didn't make me happy." He also said, "A lot of songs are about coming to terms with the opposites in me."
The edition I had was released in 2003 with 7 bonus tracks.
Earlier in the day I purchased their most recent studio album, The Fountain, released here in the US earlier this month. Although the quality of this latest effort has been hotly debated amongst fans of the Bunnymen, I do enjoy the majority of songs on the CD. More upbeat and with more of a "pop" flavor to it than their earlier releases. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found myself hitting "repeat" on the CD player, keeping me busy until 1 Am when I went into the darkened house and dropped into bed.
His reunion with the past
Here in the present
Time has taken its steep toll
On our small family