Slideling

The best Ian McCulloch solo moment is still the 1992 single "Lover Lover Lover," and that was a cover of a Leonard Cohen song.

The best Ian McCulloch solo moment is still the 1992 single "Lover Lover Lover," and that was a cover of a Leonard Cohen song. Depressingly, the extended Echo & the Bunnymen reunion has also yielded more wishful thinking than any true rock'n'roll sparks. Doing nothing to disturb this trend, Slideling is tastefully produced, temperately performed, and utterly forgettable. Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland add characteristic touches to two songs, "Arthur" and the title track, although that does little to lift those numbers above the wan level of the rest. There is nothing on this bloodless, even tuneless album that would indicate that it's the product of the poetic rocker who once sang the Bunnymen's thrilling "The Back of Love" and "Killing Moon."—BB