Siberia (Echo & the Bunnymen album)

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Siberia
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Studio album by Echo & the Bunnymen
Released 20 September 2005
Genre Alternative rock, post-punk, neo-psychedelia
Length 51:18
Label Cooking Vinyl
Producer Hugh Jones
Echo & the Bunnymen chronology
Live in Liverpool
(2001)Live in Liverpool2001
Siberia
(2005)
Seven Seas
(2005)Seven Seas2005
Singles from Siberia
  1. "Stormy Weather"
    Released: 5 September 2005
  2. "In the Margins"
    Released: 31 October 2005
  3. "Scissors in the Sand"
    Released: 5 June 2006

Siberia is the tenth studio album by Echo & the Bunnymen. It garnered generally positive reviews, with some commentators calling it their best work since Ocean Rain, despite it being their first album not to reach the UK Top 75.

The track "Of a Life" has the line "I want a song to learn and sing", which name-checks the band's 1985 compilation album Songs to Learn and Sing.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
NME (3/10) [4]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10) [5]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars [6]
Spin (favourable) [7]
Stylus Magazine (B) [8]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Siberia received an average score of 66, based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant.

  1. "Stormy Weather" – 4:24
  2. "All Because of You Days" – 5:44
  3. "Parthenon Drive" – 5:11
  4. "In the Margins" – 5:06
  5. "Of a Life" – 3:44
  6. "Make Us Blind" – 4:00
  7. "Everything Kills You" – 4:17
  8. "Siberia" – 4:56
  9. "Sideways Eight" – 3:16
  10. "Scissors in the Sand" – 5:29
  11. "What If We Are?" – 5:09

Personnel[edit]

Echo & the Bunnymen

with:

  • Peter Wilkinson - bass
  • Paul Fleming - keyboards
  • Simon Finley - drums
  • Hillary Browning - cello on "Everything Kills You" and "What If We Are?"
  • Kate Evans, Martin Richardson - violin on "Everything Kills You" and "What If We Are?"
  • John Robert Shepley - viola on "Everything Kills You" and "What If We Are?"
  • Mimi McCulloch - tambourine on "In the Margins"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Siberia". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Siberia - Echo & the Bunnymen - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Siberia review". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Siberia review". NME. 17 September 2005, p. 58
  5. ^ "Siberia review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Siberia review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Siberia review". Spin. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Siberia review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 3 October 2016.

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