It’s been a brilliant year
for the rejuvenation of British post-punk icons. First, New Order resurfaced
with the surprisingly vital Waiting for the Sirens’ Call, and now Echo and the Bunnymen are back with Siberia, a rousing return that finds co-founders Ian
McCulloch and Will Sergeant channeling their trademark angst into lush anthems
like “Stormy Weather” and one deliciously bitter title track. There are
missteps, to be sure -- “What If We Are” is a tribute to the glory of love that
would be better suited to the Michael Boltons of the world -- but there is
sufficient evidence here that, after nearly three decades, the Bunnymen remain a creative force. Who knew?