Echo & The Bunnymen Albums Ranked

Echo & the Bunnymen is an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant, and bassist Les Pattinson. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band’s drummer. After releasing a self-titled album in 1987, McCulloch left the band and was replaced by former St. Vitus Dance singer Noel Burke. In 1989, de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident. After working together as Electrafixion, McCulloch and Sergeant regrouped with Pattinson in 1997 and returned as Echo & the Bunnymen, before Pattinson’s departure in 1998. The band has done some touring and released several albums since the late 1990s to varying degrees of success. Here are all of Echo & The Bunnymen albums ranked.

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10. What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? (1999)

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“A deeply satisfying, rich offering from Ian McCulloch and company. McCulloch seems to have found some resolution since the fevered days of “Thorn of Crowns” and “Over the Wall.” Ironically, my investment in the Bunnymen always had as much to do with Will Sargeant’s swirling, swizzle-stick guitar as it did with McCulloch’s brandy-rich vocals. On “What Are You Going to Do” Sargeant’s chopping guitar has mellowed considerably; at first listen, his fingerprints seem missing here. However, like the album as a whole, after some careful forensics, you discover that both he and McCulloch are alive and well, having merely moved to a quieter neighborhood.”

9. Siberia (2005)

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“I’m just so happy to hear Ian McCulloch’s cool velvet vox and Will Sergeant’s serpentine riffs again! These lovely souls are back where they belong. Along with producer Hugh Jones who worked with them in the sweet 80s, the heros of Indie/New Wave have saved my enthusiasm with Siberia and reminded me of how new albums from those who do them best can still reach me in rare places.”

8. Meteorites (2014)

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“These guys have always done things their own way, which is good, too say the least. Every album has been worth the wait, and worth having. I am a hard core metal head, but I love these guys too, along with the Cure, they take me another place and make feel in ways that no other bands can. If you don’t have anything by these guys, this is diffently a good starting place, and work yourself back, or forwards, whatever makes you happy. I say buy this one and turn your lights low, have a drink, and let it all soak in to your body.”

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7. Evergreen (1997)

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“This record is a relly great work of fine art. They returned after a ten year hiatus (at least for Ian McCulloch) and now they are back with a vengeance. The title track is a masterpiece in itself. This track also shows that this band did not miss a step and are still on the mark.With each track they prove more and more that when they returned, they RETURNED !”

6. Echo & The Bunnymen (1987)

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“There’s something odd about Echo & the Bunnymen’s self-titled album: it isn’t as dark as their previous albums. After the brilliant Ocean Rain, about three years after that album’s release, the band has come with a newer sound. Their single “Bring on the Dancing Horses” two years before the self-titled album’s release hinted the band had a different sound, although the self-titled album didn’t even sound like that song at all.”

5. Songs To Learn And Sing (1985)

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“One of the best albums ever; every song is gorgeous, evocative, and catchy. I played this one to death back in the day,and suddenly got an urge to listen to it again…and in a rush, all the beauty and glory of Echo and Bunnymen’s music came rushing back. The title is so true, these are sing along songs.”

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4. Porcupine (1983)

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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.”

3. Crocodiles (1980)

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“Crocodiles is a far stronger and more consistent album than usually seen in a groups early development. There’s a certain number of bands where you could easily make the claim that 1st album was best album….this sure is one of them. Another might be the first album by a band Ian McCulloch mentions as an influence…The Doors.”

2. Heaven Up Here (1981)

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“This takes a few spins to fully appreciate, but it is very moody and energetic. Mac continues the “will it or won’t it crack?” of his vocals from previous albums. My favorite track ever by the Bunnymen is “With a Hip”, and I particularly like this version because of its slower tempo. Other recordings such as the versions on the BBC and Royal Albert Hall albums are quicker paced, and while the Bunnymen are even better live than in their studio efforts, I just prefer it a little slower and less frenzied. “

1. Ocean Rain (1984)

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“Best offering from the Bunny-guys. They always have Mac’s voice and Will’s spare guitar lines, but sometimes they line up with the planets and sometimes not so much. Here they did about 90% of the time. Love this CD! Also takes me back to a particularly nice chunk of my past, so it’s all tied up in yummy for me. But even if you don’t have a history with it and you want to buy some Echo…this is the one to get folks. Then when the hook has set, buy the rest! Siberia is a particularly good CD from their post breakup era.”