Echo made a dignified return in 1997 with Evergreen. Two years later and trimmed to just the duo of Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, What Are You Going to Do With Your Life? succeeded where many of their peers had failed -- they matured without getting stodgy, and deepened their signature sound without appearing self-conscious.
On their 1989 record, all the pieces (cynicism, hopelessness, bitching and moaning about being alone) fell into place for My Dad Is Dead. The music is that of an angst-filled, Cleveland-based loner devouring that city's fertile college radio scene without letting go of some classic rock devices like grand proggy instrumentals and guitar solos.