August 18, 1997 12:00 PM

Echo & The Bunnymen

It’s only fair. If we’re going to have to sit through reunions by every lame old band from the ’80s, we had better get some sort of compensation. And this date by one of the era’s foremost alternative rock bands certainly qualifies. With lead singer Ian McCulloch back in front, the British trio has returned with a new CD that is both different from their past work and just as good.

Always skilled at mixing sweet pop melodies with a shading of moodiness, the group has opted for more of the former this time out—and songs like “Don’t Let It Get You Down” and “I Want To Be There (When You Come)” are hit singles waiting to happen. The brighter feeling is apparent throughout Evergreen and, while it might not please some of the band’s faithful following, it is proof that this reunion is not just a form of recycling. (London)

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