Friday, May 13, 2011

Best of the 80's: Ocean Rain by Echo & the Bunnymen

Ocean RainThis 1984 release comes in at number 76 currently at the Best of the 80's list.  These guys were a part of the post punk movement in the early 80's.  They brought in influences from psychedelia and The Doors and really perfected this combination of sound with a post punk feel on this their fourth album. 

I'm a big fan of this album.  It has a solid set of songs with a good pop sense and a very unique sound.  In some ways it's hard to think that this album had a big cult following in the US the same year the Van Halen released 1984. 

About once a year I throw this album on.  Usually in the spring, so it worked out well that I reviewed it now. 

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 3 out of 5 stars for Pretty Good.

1 comment:

  1. To me, 1984 is when the whole concept of "alternative" music starts to take off. Pop music was splitting between hair bands like Van Halen and post-disco dance music like Madonna. And that left a big opening for angst-ridden Holden Caulfield types, so they started listening to alternative music. So I'm not surprised that Echo and the Bunnymen became a cult fave at the same time "Jump" was on the charts. It's not that different from Bob Dylan developing a cult following while most people were listening to the Beach Boys.