Yes, to answer your question, yes; the title of Echo & the Bunnymen’s fifth record is in reference to the ubiquitous Fountain of Youth, but also inspired by the belief that hope springs eternal. As loveably cantankerous lead singer Ian “Mac” McCulloch has said, nothing really lasts forever “but the fountain and the journey.” The man makes a good point. And so lucky for the Bunnymen – Liverpool’s Kings of Cool – this Fountain is a beauty. Full of magnificently anthemic tracks that already sound like classics, such as lead single “Think I Need it Too,” “Do You Know Who I Am?” “Shroud of Turin” (hard to best a quirky, snarky confab between Mac and Jesus) and “Forgotten Fields,” longtime fans (although this has been up for exhausting discussion) should rest easy that the Bunnymen ramble on here like they still believe in what they’re doing. The centerpieces of the record of course are the stately title track, and album closer “The Idolness of Gods,” a heart-rending ballad from McCulloch, who believes “it’s the best thing” he’s “ever written.” If the elegant missive ends up being the post-punk legends’ coda, then well played, gentlemen, and cheers. The Fountain is no easy paycheck, and it’s not lazy; McCulloch’s craggy vox is weightier and more believable than it has been in years and Will Sergeant can still write a sweeping, killer chord. Nothing about this effort feels like the Bunnymen are running on borrowed time or covered in algae; this Fountain is a vital, vibrant, breath of fresh air with plenty of go ‘rounds left. (Warner Bros.) –Carrie Alison

  1. [...] With the IRS issues sorted out that forced the cancellation of Echo & the Bunnymen’s previously scheduled North American trek, the post-punk masters are now set to hit the road starting April 16 at Coachella in support of their superb November 2009 release, The Fountain. [...]