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HEYDAY

The Church

 

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3.42 | 28 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars The hypes and stripes are all gone, for sure.

The band released some very good albums in their early days, but to tell the truth, their previous "Remote Luxury" was less than average. This "Heyday" effort is not a great one either.

Some second hand pop tunes for most of the album. Performing at best, but shy of being models. Of course, the music available was performed in the middle eighties (you know what I' Am talking about) and it is not the best one we have ever acknowledged.

I am lacking though the fantasy that this band showed during their debut ("Of Skins & Heart"). A fantastic album which, unfortunately, won't have any of its kind released later on.

But, apart from the giants we all love, who could release three great albums in this category? I guess little other bands. This is a good album after all. A song as "Happy Hunting Ground" should reconcile most of the progheads and fans of "The Church" but this isn't a thrilling story either. Pleasant. OK.

This is far from being their best album: the music displayed holds some fine tunes or moments but globally, very few highlights can be considered. It is just a very long (over sixty minutes) album with little passion.

Two stars is the limit for this one. Once, "The Church" held some great expectation and passion to my heart. But it seems all gone by now. I guess that a song as "Disenchanted" got it all. Unfortunately.

If ever you would like to discover some more prog during this album; I would only recommend to forget about it. This album doesn't hold anything prog at all. Just a collection of new wave arithmetic. Nothing bad for sure; but hell! Nothing great either.

All in all, this album is just deserving two stars. At this stage, "The Church" is not of any influence. This album is just a collection of average melodies. A good moment to share, for sure. To depict this as a great album is quite adventurous.

This is quite a deception as far as I'm concerned.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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