Heaven Up Here
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Echo & The Bunnymen
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver LabelRanked 471 on Rolling Stone's List of The 500 Greatest Albums of All TimeEnglish Band's 1981 Sophomore Record A Superbly Articulate Expression of Post-Punk Gloom, Despair, and Melancholy That's Shot Through With HopeMastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI: LP Illuminates Myriad Textures, AtmosphericsHow strong and looming of an influence is Echo and the Bunnymen Strong enough to be the one band name-dropped in a great piece of dialogue from the music-loving film High Fidelity, whereupon Jack Black's quipping record store clerk character cites the band as legitimate tastemakers for much of the cutting-edge music that happened in the late 80s and beyond. And on no record is the English quintet's greatness more apparent than on 1981's sophomore Heaven Up Here, the group's first effort to chart in the U.S. and a Top 10 smash in its native U.K. The record's merits are legion - and timeless: vocalist Ian McCulloch's cavernous croon; dream-weaving guitar lines pushed through ominous, melodic soundscapes; neopsychedelic dirges and self-aware lyrics; glamorous drama and tortuous tension. These characteristics and more turn the music restrained euphoria and what the band called ''black magic.''Rife with thick atmospherics and brooding dreamscapes, the harrowing songs clatter amidst arrangements infused with requisite air, space, and chamber echoes. Silhouetted guitar leads help convey moody dampness, despair, dread, and disgust, the themes directly connected to narratives that tackle distrust, dishonesty, betrayal, and arrested dreams. Cloudy and jagged for certain, but the majesty of Heaven Up Here relates to how, in spite of the haunted arrangements and claustrophobic feel, ribbons of light and hope illuminate its shadowy corners and nocturnal glow.Sharing much in common with Joy Division's period output and a precursor to later work by The Jesus and Mary Ch
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