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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Myrrh (4:19)
2. Tristesse (3:30)
3. Already Yesterday (4:18)
4. Columbus (3:51)
5. Happy Hunting Ground (5:31)
6. As You Will (4:49)
7. Tantalized (4:59)
8. Disenchanted (3:55)
9. Night Of Light (4:47)
10. Youth Worshipper (3:44)
11. Roman (3:53)
12. The View (3:43)
13. Trance Endings (4:47)

Total Time: 60:06

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Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Kilbey / vocals, bass
- Peter Koppes / guitars, vocals
- Marty Willson-Piper / guitars, vocals
- Richard Ploog / drums, percussion

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THE CHURCH Heyday ratings distribution


3.08
(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(22%)
22%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(22%)
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Review by maani
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4 stars [Fifth in a series] "Heyday" finds the band abandoning the straight-rock approach and again experimenting (mostly successfully) with their budding progressive sensibilities. From the opening measures of "Myrrh," the band incorporates all the elements that gave "Seance" such a different focus. Here is the lush, expansive atmosphere, the textured guitars and keyboards, the non-standard chord progressions, and most of all the confidence that their previous album ("Remote Luxury") clearly lacked. Slightly more straightforward, "Tristesse" is a nice love song with an interesting retro-60s sound. "Already Yesterday" is a strange concoction that almost defies categorization. Part retro-60s, part 80s pop, it does make interesting use of a vocoder. Their first (unexpected) hit - "Columbus" - is a Moody Blues-ish composition, with a wonderful mid-break full of syncopated percussion and guitar. "Happy Hunting Ground" is the band's second effort at keeping the "instrumental" alive in rock, and succeeds beautifully. Supported by a quasi-Native American rhythm, the bass and guitar play off each other for a while, after which the rhythm takes prominence, accompanied by violin, tremolo guitar, and a tasteful keyboard figure. (It is my second favorite Church instrumental.) You can tell that "As You Will" was not on the original album, as the "sound" is noticeably different: less "expansive," more high-ended, less progressive, less satisfying. "Tantalized," on the other hand, brings us back to the original album with a "punch": an expansive atmosphere filled with a heavy, propulsive beat, great guitar work from Koppes, Beatle-esque horns, great keyboards, an off-time chorus, and a wild break. Along with "Myrrh," my fave on the album. "Disenchanted" is a slightly Bowie-ish composition, combining all the elements now becoming standard in the The Church "sound," while giving a nod to their former sound. And the band is clearly having fun with it. "Night of Light" is a combination of Moody Blues and XTC, filtered through the band's increasingly unique sensibilities. "Youth Worshipper," the weakest track on the album, is an uneven amalgam of standard and non-standard approaches. Despite a promising opening, "Roman" (the last track on the original album) is also slightly weak. "The View" (originally the B side of "Tantalized") is a strange quasi-progressive pop song in a slight "Revolver" vein. "Trance Endings" is both pleasant and, ultimately, forward-looking with regard to the band's progression. Overall, after the misstep of "Remote Luxury," the band is coming closer to being fully "progressive," having chosen to abandon any pretense of deliberate "hit-making" in order to find the progressive voice they know is there.

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Review by hdfisch
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2 stars This is a very weak album of them and a big drop down compared to Seance. The songs are in fact all nice to listen, but nothing special with two exceptions that is Happy Hunting Ground which is a nice atmospheric instrumental track with great soundscapes and the last one which is a bit outstanding as well. But the rest is Indie Rock with jangling guitars garnished with some cheap sounding keyboards. At this time point the band was obviously not mature enough yet. One can hear in these two songs the potential they had but it was obviously not yet sufficient for a full very good album. This did not happen before Priest = Aura which was their first real progressive album in my view. For this effort I can't give more than 2 stars (for collectors only)!

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Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Review by 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.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Not a bad pop album from THE CHURCH and you could say this was the stepping stone to international fame with their next album "Starfish". This is fairly dreamy with jangly guitars. Not a lot of dynamics at work here with the reserved vocals and that laid back sound but it has it's moments.

They do add some guest horns and strings at times.This works well with the instrumental "Happy Hunting Ground" where we get some atmosphere as well. "Myrrh" the opening track is a top three for me.The sound builds until the vocals arrive then it settles back. "Columbus" is another top three and my favourite. It's uptempo but also uplifting. "Disenchanted" is the other top three. A dreamy track that hits the spot. I like "Youth Worshipper" quite a bit as well.

I really like how this band sounds but this particular album seems to be lacking something.

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5 stars From my point of view, artistiscally speaking, along their career The Church reached their top twice (commercially is a different story as it is known). The first time was with this album. Although in most of The Church albums you might find a song or two that don't get your feelings high, wit ... (read more)

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