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The Church


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4 stars "Starfish" was the lonely commercial adventure for The Church. For a band of an underground nature like this one, this could have been something dangerous. Fortunately they managed to come up with something playable on the radio and reliable to fans taste at the same time.

However, although this album could have been a total masterpiece, probably the clumsyness of the productor messed things up a bit. As Kilbey has mentioned sometimes, "Starfish" is not probably their best album, and he is right, although it was a close try.

To explain this, we can say that this album has a set of brilliant and well performed songs that will be in our memories for a long time, like "Antenna", "North, South, East and West","Under the milky way" of course,"Spark" and "Hotel Womb", one of my band's favourites. Nevertheless, we find another set of songs that sound weak for me, like "Destination", for example. I don't know how they can came with an excellent intro song in an album ("Myrrh") and mess things up in the next. "Reptile" is something that should have appeared in "Gold Afternoon fix" and "Blood money" didn't convince me much

It is a pity, because this album could have been something more that just a major hit, and it has the tendency to be so, but dealing with the concept in an incorrect manner didn't make it perfect. The next album was also a painful proof of this, unfortunately.

shyman | 4/5 |


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