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The Church


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3 stars After giving a glimpse of what their indentity would be along the rest of decade in "Seancé", their first so-called "breakthrough" album, a step forward was needed. I think that "Remote Luxury" was the first and probably (although not completely) failed attempt of creating a melodic, atmospheric and solid album. Their second attempt, fortunately succeded, it was called "Heyday".

This album have pieces of these good intentions brilliantly performed. like in "No explanation", "Volumes" or "Shadow Cabinet", all of them completely Heyday-ish. However, there are other songs that simply don't fix in the puzzle. They could have been put into another kind of album, probably in one of the earliest ones but they don't fix well in this one. The most clear example of this is "Maybe these boys", a song that doesn't even sound like The Church at all, at least at this stage. Others, like "Constant in Opal" and "Violet Town" give me mixed feelings.

Summing up, this album kind of proves that The Church are a band at a probably early stage stil in their development, but if giving them more chances, they'd eventually find their path, as they did.

shyman | 3/5 |


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