Picks and Pans Review: Crocodiles
Echo and the Bunnymen
The Bunnymen are four lads from Liverpool, aged 18 to 22, who sound nothing like the Fab Four but have done just as good a job of absorbing musical influences and then transforming them. In interviews, lead singer Ian McCulloch has disparaged British reviews comparing the band’s sound to that of the Doors and him to the late Jim Morrison. The critics have a point, but so does McCulloch. The Bunnymen aren’t just scoffing old stuff: They’re resuscitating the headiness and swagger of ’60s American acid rock with blasts of fresh air from the current British scene. There is the whirling pace of English Beat, the slashing guitar work of the Gang of Four and the cockeyed reel of Elvis Costello. Crocodiles is fun in the way debut albums should be. There’s a unity to its essential ideas, which the band keeps discovering and rediscovering, making them sound fresh each time and maintaining a fevered, narcissistic vision.