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The Church


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5 stars Forget everything that has gone before, it has gone.This is the first album of this new millenium (remember that!) justified to have been recorded in it. From the opening moments of C-Line 'til the last vibrations of Summer the Church have crafted an album of incredible raw, broad-stroked beauty that is unchallenged. No-one has visited this part of the possibilities of music before and these guys have waded into it like they own the place. Actually they do own it, they invented the space. Do not get me wrong, this is still the Church, but you are going to have your idea's about them challenged deeply.

The album strides in with C-Line which is their best opening track ever. It is going to blow the wax out of your ears. Those who heard this at the gigs will be delighted to know it is as raw on CD as it was live, none of that chemistry is missing. The overall feel of most of this album is fresh and alive, the production is spacious enough to allow freedom of sound. Some of these sound like one take recordings.

Song in Space is such a buzzzzz although most will know this by now. Just buy the single! The Theatre and its Double sounds like a krautrock trip-out, adventurous and inspiring. Telepath is the Church's greatest song ever, I cannot shake it out of my head, it just keeps returning as I'm walking, sitting, standing wherever, whatever. I cannot wait to hear others views on this. See Your Lights swaggers like the coolest fucker on or off the planet and Don't You Fall left me reeling; this has got to be a single!

Appalatia was a revelation for me as I had missed the warm up gig and hence the song. It is Peter's best track since A New Season and it is aural gold. There is another song I cannot remember the title of that has a bit of pitch-shift vocals and is without a doubt the strangest track the Church has ever recorded. I'll leave you to hear it for yourself.

This will be the Church's greatest release and I haven't even given away the plot yet. I managed not to mention Maya but I want to. It may be in the top 5 Church songs ever recorded. I hope this comes out soon.

Summer is the song to end all Church albums and and they are going to have to work like fuck to follow up this.

All Killa, no Filla! This is an uplifting, hopeful and visionary album that will eventually down the anals of time be recognised as such. It is also in parts an intensely peaceful album. The guitars are raw and alert, the patterns of rhythm astounding and I do not think Kilbey has ever been in better voice.

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