Echo & the Bunnymen @ Barrowlands 14-10-09

October 16, 2009

Barrowlands, Glasgow, October 14 * * *

Satisfactory rather than scintillating was the verdict tonight as Echo and the Bunnymen returned to Glasgow to promote latest album The Fountain. There were moments when guitarist Will Sergeant and partner-in-crime singer Ian McCulloch successfully turned back the clock, but overall it was a lethargic performance and one which lacked the kind of spark capable of raising the roof.
The at times subdued crowd response could be attributable to an aging fan-base but it might also have had something to do with McCulloch’s less than rousing delivery. “I always get a bit nervous playing here” he declared before Paint It Black, another song dispensed in workmanlike fashion.
There were no such problems on openers Going Up and the excellent and aptly named Show Of Strength, while Don’t You Know Who I Am was undoubtedly the pick of the new material.
But as the set progressed and energy levels fell away, highlights became a bit thin on the ground. With the exception of Killing Moon, the latter stages felt routine and, lighting aside, far from dazzling. By the end we had witnessed a solid display but one destined to linger in the memory only fleetingly.


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