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The Church


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3.03 | 25 ratings

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3 stars This album is a good continuation of their debut "Of Skins & Heart!" which fully embraced the new wave sounds.

The same freshness, same upbeat rhythms, fine vocal combinations, and a definite and positive impression prevails while listening to this work. Of course, if you are looking closely to find some prog influences here, you'd better pass your way, because there is none.

These guys from the Antipode were gifted and not too serious (like their nearby colleagues from "Split Enz" although maybe not as creative). It is a pleasure to listen to their tunes even if some are quite popish and simply structured ("An Interlude").

The early eighties were quite a nightmare for truly prog bands, so: why not enjoying some good music available with this sort of album? IMHHO, it just falls short from their great debut one; but maybe the repetition caused this feeling. The surprise is no longer there, but still: I am facing a good album.

If you are quite open-minded and willing to spend some time to listen to some musical difference: I can only recommend you to pay attention to this work. It is not essential but at least it is different (even if "Just For You" is quite average to say the least).

The band sounds again very much "Ultravox!" while playing "A Fire Burns": great beat and fine vocals. A truly early eighties piece of music. Fully in vein of some early "Simple Minds" stuff as well ("Life In A Day" - the album).

The great "Devo" aren't too far away during the superb instrumental intro of "You Took". An excellent rock song which develops more than usual (it also clocks at almost eight minutes). A fine song indeed.

This album brings some good souvenirs to my mind. My early twenties?Even if I won't be as generous as for their debut album, I am still rating this effort with three stars. A good album for sure.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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