Ian McCulloch


Ian McCulloch - Mysterio ©1992 Sire
1. Magical World
2. Close Your Eyes
3. Dug For Love
4. Honeydrip
5. Damnation
6. Lover Lover Lover
7. Webbed
8. Pomegranate
9. Vibor Blue
10. Heaven's Gate
11. In My Head

Reverb, baby, reverb. That's the unifying factor in this, the second solo album of Ian McCulloch, the frontman for the seminal British neo-psychedelic band Echo and the Bunnymen. Some tracks have trumpet or electric violin, others have synthesizers; some use programming, others have live percussion; some are mellow, some rock; all of them use lots and lots of reverb on the guitar. This, matched with the unique quavering quality of McCulloch's voice, produces an unmistakable voice-guitar synergy that is unique to bands of which he is a part. Tracks 1-3 and 10, all of which are uptempo numbers, make excellent use of the almost hypnotic effect of McCulloch's unique sound in a style vaguely reminiscent of Echo and the Bunnymen, while cuts four, five, eight and nine verge on rockabilly. Smack dab in the middle of the album is the absolute best song, "Lover Lover Lover." It's medium-to-slow tempo, has a beautiful guitar line, and is absolutely heartrending.

"Lover lover lover, come back to me..." *sigh*

If you're familiar with and enjoy the works of Echo and the Bunnymen, you'll probably enjoy the heck out of Mysterio. Play it late at night when you're in a somewhat melancholy mood for a rewarding listening experience.

Review by Jonathan Arnett

Review date: 05/2000

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