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Almost Yesterday, a Church compilation review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 March 1995
  Source: Record Collector Magazine (London, England)
   Issue: 187
    Date: Mar, 1995
 Subject: Review - Almost Yesterday

Almost Yesterday 1981-1990

They're always pitched as Australian, but their two songwriters, Steve
Kilbey and Marty Willson-Pipper, are English: in fact, Marty had only
just arrived from Liverpool when the Church were formed.  Their
constant presence in psych/garage fanzines like "Bucketfull of Brains"
in the early 80s is somewhat misleading as well:  musically, they've
always kept closer to the Cure than R.E.M. or the Rain Parade, and
there are consistent hints of Bowie, Lloyd Cole and Smiths influences
on this "best of" collection.

Their intial hit, "Unguarded Momemts" from 1981, still boasted a faint
punk edge, notably in the chard barrage towards the end; but thereafter
there was much Beatles as Buzzcocks in their songwriting.  The chiming
guitars appealed to those who relished Johnny Marr's playing, while
their faintly gloomy lyrical preoccupations fitted in neatly alongside
Robert Smith's less quirky excursions.  By the end of the 80s, their
polished "alternative" rock  was ideally suited for the American
audience, who took to them in a way that the British never really did.

"Almost Yesterday" begins with the first hit, and then swaps neatly
back and forth between later 45s and LP tracks.  Any potential rarites
are already available on the "Hindsight" and "A Quick Smoke Of Spots"
albums, leaving this set very much as a bignner's guide to the band.
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