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Following their more psychedelia-based debut, Crocodiles, and subsequent "Puppet" single, Echo & the Bunnymen returned in 1981 with the darkest and perhaps most experimental album of their career. Heaven Up Here lacks the signature hooks and melodies that would make the Bunnymen famous, showcasing instead a dirge-like songwriting approach built around the circular rhythms of bassist Les Pattinson and drummer Pete DeFreitas. In this setting, the band remarkably flourishes, although they would go on to greater heights by scaling back the album's extremism. Heaven Up Here's strength is the way in which the Bunnymen seamlessly work together to shape each song's dynamics (the tension underlying the crescendo of "Turquoise Days" being a prime example). Ian McCulloch, having found his trademark confidence, sings with soaring abandon and passion throughout the album. Similarly, Will Sergeant's guitar playing, notably freed from verse-chorus structure and pop riffs, is at its angular finest; his playing on "No Dark Things" is pure Andy Gill-esque skronk. The album's opening troika of "Show of Strength," "With a Hip," and "Over the Wall" (the latter with its jarring, direct invocation of Del Shannon's "Runaway") are particularly effective, establishing the theme of distrust and restlessness which continues throughout the album. Indeed, even the album's lone single, "A Promise," is hardly light, pop material. But the message underneath that darkness, especially in McCulloch's lyrics, is a call to overcome rather than wallow, as the album ends with the relatively euphoric "All I Want." Sitting comfortably next to the pioneering work of contemporaries like Joy Division/New Order, and early Public Image Ltd. and Cure, this is a rather fine -- and in the end, influential -- example of atmospheric post-punk. Having reached the British Top Ten, Heaven Up Here is highly regarded among Echo & the Bunnymen's fans precisely for the reasons which, on the surface, make it one of the least accessible albums in the band's catalog.
© Aaron Warshaw /TiVo

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1
Show of Strength
00:04:48

Hugh Jones, Engineer - Ian Mcculloch, Writer - Les Pattinson, Writer - Pete DeFreitas, Writer - Will Sergeant, Writer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Producer - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

2
With a Hip
00:03:15

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Hugh Jones, Engineer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Producer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Over the Wall
00:05:59

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Hugh Jones, Engineer - Ian Mcculloch, Writer - Les Pattinson, Writer - Pete DeFreitas, Writer - Will Sergeant, Writer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Producer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

4
It Was a Pleasure
00:03:12

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Hugh Jones, Engineer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Producer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

5
A Promise
00:04:03

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Hugh Jones, Producer, Engineer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Heaven up Here
00:03:44

Hugh Jones, Engineer - Ian Mcculloch, Writer - Les Pattinson, Writer - Pete DeFreitas, Writer - Will Sergeant, Writer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Producer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

7
The Disease
00:02:28

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Hugh Jones, Engineer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Producer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

8
All My Colours
00:04:06

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Hugh Jones, Engineer - Ian Mcculloch, Writer - Les Pattinson, Writer - Pete DeFreitas, Writer - Will Sergeant, Writer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Producer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

9
No Dark Things
00:04:27

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Hugh Jones, Producer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Engineer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Turquoise Days
00:03:51

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Hugh Jones, Engineer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Producer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

11
All I Want
00:04:09

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Hugh Jones, Engineer - Hugh Jones in association with The Bunnymen, Producer - Leslie Penny, Woodwind - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Broke My Neck Long Version
00:07:15

Echo & The Bunnymen, Producer - Ian Mcculloch, Writer - Les Pattinson, Writer - Pete DeFreitas, Writer - Will Sergeant, Writer - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist - Claes Neeb, Engineer

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1981 Warner Music UK Ltd

13
Show of Strength Live
00:04:39

Ian Mcculloch, Writer - Les Pattinson, Writer - Pete DeFreitas, Writer - Will Sergeant, Writer - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 2003 Warner Music UK Ltd

14
The Disease Live
00:01:53

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 2003 Warner Music UK Ltd

15
All I Want Live
00:03:09

McCulloch, Composer - Sergeant, Composer - Pattinson, Composer - De Freitas, Composer - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 2003 Warner Music UK Ltd

16
Zimbo Live
00:03:52

Ian Mcculloch, Writer - Les Pattinson, Writer - Pete DeFreitas, Writer - Will Sergeant, Writer - Echo And The Bunnymen, MainArtist

© 2004 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 2003 Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

Following their more psychedelia-based debut, Crocodiles, and subsequent "Puppet" single, Echo & the Bunnymen returned in 1981 with the darkest and perhaps most experimental album of their career. Heaven Up Here lacks the signature hooks and melodies that would make the Bunnymen famous, showcasing instead a dirge-like songwriting approach built around the circular rhythms of bassist Les Pattinson and drummer Pete DeFreitas. In this setting, the band remarkably flourishes, although they would go on to greater heights by scaling back the album's extremism. Heaven Up Here's strength is the way in which the Bunnymen seamlessly work together to shape each song's dynamics (the tension underlying the crescendo of "Turquoise Days" being a prime example). Ian McCulloch, having found his trademark confidence, sings with soaring abandon and passion throughout the album. Similarly, Will Sergeant's guitar playing, notably freed from verse-chorus structure and pop riffs, is at its angular finest; his playing on "No Dark Things" is pure Andy Gill-esque skronk. The album's opening troika of "Show of Strength," "With a Hip," and "Over the Wall" (the latter with its jarring, direct invocation of Del Shannon's "Runaway") are particularly effective, establishing the theme of distrust and restlessness which continues throughout the album. Indeed, even the album's lone single, "A Promise," is hardly light, pop material. But the message underneath that darkness, especially in McCulloch's lyrics, is a call to overcome rather than wallow, as the album ends with the relatively euphoric "All I Want." Sitting comfortably next to the pioneering work of contemporaries like Joy Division/New Order, and early Public Image Ltd. and Cure, this is a rather fine -- and in the end, influential -- example of atmospheric post-punk. Having reached the British Top Ten, Heaven Up Here is highly regarded among Echo & the Bunnymen's fans precisely for the reasons which, on the surface, make it one of the least accessible albums in the band's catalog.
© Aaron Warshaw /TiVo

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