"First and foremost, I'm familiar with a lot of the Bunnymen's music; however, this is the only CD of theirs I will own. The rest of their music is bland, for my tastes. With that said, this is a great CD.
There is a mood that is haunting; it's engaging. The songs have energy in a subdued way, and the lyrics are powerful. I dare say that this is a "must have" CD for any collector of rock/punk music.
Even though there is not one mediocre song on this CD, I absolutely recommend "Over the Wall" and "The Disease."
These musicians have created a virtually unrivaled collection of songs in "Heaven Up Here.""
DOWN WITH THE WEATHER!
jazzman | 06/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Their best album by far.Enough said..Show of Strength is a killer,A Promise a treasure and With A Hip one of the greatest songs ever recorded.THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOUR MONEY,THIS IS THE ONE THAT'S TRUE,THIS IS THE ONE CALLED HEAVEN,THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOU!"
Wee Jimmy | Tring, Hertfordshire United Kingdom | 12/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is, in my opinion, pretty much what U2 were trying to sound like on their first two albums, before they upped their game. They didn't manage it: Bono was too pompous and couldn't really sing, the rhythm section was sloppy and Edge didn't have Will Sergeant's finesse. Interestingly enough, Simple Minds were trying to ape U2 at around the same time - the less said about them the better.
On to the album itself. I've got Show of Strength blasting out of my computer speakers at the moments. It sounds as fresh as the day it was made. Will Sergeant's guitar is simultaneously hooky and melancholy, a difficult thing to pull off, Les Pattinson and Pete De Freitas make the whole thing funkily danceable and McCulloch's voice reverberates above the mix in a strangely disembodied manner. I was -3 years old when this came out, so I can only imagine what the tour for this album must have been like. Probably quite intense. I wish I'd been there. I don't really have any favourite songs, but there are standout moments on the record: the ARP Odyssey chiming out in Over the Wall, the suddenly hushed atmosphere ushering in The Disease and the Closer-era Joy Division-esque rhythmic damped guitar on Turquoise Days being just a few. If you don't have this album, buy it. Then get Crocodiles, Porcupine and Ocean Rain. These four albums, all of which have their adherents, are the Bunnymen classics. You won't regret it."
An alternative view
Richard McGeough | Hong Kong | 05/13/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This came out when I was 12: it would have been far too 'difficult' an album for a young whippersnapper and I was only vaguely aware that the Bunnymen existed at that time. In my early teens I bought a few Bunnymen singles and Ocean Rain; now, 24 years later, I'm trying to fill in the rest of the Bunnymen jigsaw.
After a week of repeated listening, I'd say you can try on this album in either of two ways. Either, you judge it by its stand out songs, which are far and few between: if you can listen half a dozen times and manage to hum more than 2 tunes afterwards, you're doing better than me.
Alternatively, you can put it in context: appreciate that this was a pretty original approach at the time and marvel at the uncanny proto-U2 sound, (which I have to say does precious little to endear it to me). If you're interested in exploring music history largely for its own sake, it's worth hearing in order to understand how we got from Joy Division to U2 within a couple of years. However, if like me you think both Joy Division and U2 are vastly overated, this really isn't going to do much for you.
It's determindly bleak, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but this also captures the Bunnymen at a stage before they got a knack for melody: only 'Over the Wall' and 'A Promise' deliver a decent hook. I've seen Heaven Up Here described as a work of 'rare beauty'. It can also cause a tense, nervous headache.
If you're interested in the early 80's British underground scene, then of course you should hear it, along with the other Bunnymen albums. Compared to the lush Scott Walker-esque Ocean Rain, though, this is half-baked and less than half-rewarding."