Four years ago, Echo and the Bunnymen released Crystal Days 1979-1999, a 4CD retrospective neatly packaging all the energy and beauty of these Scouse stalwarts' youth. It's left a lasting impression: Siberia finds Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant reclaiming their original spirit. With the sculpting fingers of Hugh Jones, who produced the band's second album Heaven Up Here, they've distilled the chilling atmospherics of their past on Parthenon Drive, while the feet-on-the-ground longing of Everything Kills You could have been plucked from the Bunnymen's 1997 comeback, Evergreen.
Since their 1997 comeback, Echo & the Bunnymen have made some genuine attempts to keep the momentum going. Evergreen and What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? were eager, bright, and still a little brash. Flowers was nice with its light canvas; however, most fans still preferred their earlier material. That's not to say an older Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant don't make great music together.