Echo and The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain - Review
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critics' view

If the songs that weren’t the singles sometimes seem that they never could have been, they always manage to sound perfectly in place with the ones that were - the hits in comparison weren’t upfront or unique, just more immediately of notice. There’s the elegant strut of 'Nocturnal Me', pitching things softer and more focused on the chorus instead of the reverse, or the way 'My Kingdom' has each verse line suddenly climb up then ease down, then builds each chorus to a sudden thrilling peak. 'Crystal Days' and its descending guitar line that showcases the psych freak always at the heart of Sergeant’s playing, broken up by de Freitas on the break with a gleeful but always tuneful clatter, a percussive melody, might be my sleeper favourite this time around. Ask me again next time, maybe it’s 'The Yo-Yo Man'. I like it when an album is an embarrassment of riches and can’t make me obviously decide, when it shouldn’t to start with.

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