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Otago University Student magazine reviews Sometime Anywhere Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 1994
 
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  Source: Otago Univ. Students Assoc. Mag. (Otago, NZ)
   Issue:
    Date: Jul, 1994
 Subject: Review - Sometime Anywhere
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SOMETIME ANYWHERE
  THE CHURCH
    WHITE RECORDS
      BY Barry ?

The Church are back with a new album. And no, by this I do not mean the
St John's Church choir has released another album of all your favourite
hymns. The Church are an Australian rock (very loose use of the word)
who have put out a number of jolly good albums. When some bands release
albums you don't get a lot of music for your money (a lot of
"dollar-a-minute" hardcore bands spring to mind). The Church give you
two albums in this package: Sometime Anywhere (which goes for an hour
and a quarter) as well as a seven track bonus album entitled Somewhere
Else (another half an hour). Wow!

Somewhere Anytime is what I would describe as a relaxing, laid back
album.  There are a lot of atmospheric, sort of ambient instruments
here. Great passive listening. If I had to compare these to another
band I'd try Pink Floyd. The non-instrumental, lyrical songs are also
very good. They are also very atmospheric, almost light industrial in
places. Perhaps this would be what Ministry would sound like if Mr
Jourgensen had a happier, more peaceful childhood. Seventy-five minutes
of pure-relaxing bliss.

Next up Somewhere Else. This is a slightly different fish of kettle.
This contains seven songs recorded in different places round the world
at different times. These are a lot more rockier than those on
Sometime. I still wouldn't describe The Church as a "kick arse rock 'n'
roll band" (thankfully!) Some of these songs, vocally, remind me of Mr
Bono Vox from U2. Another distinction between the two disks is that
this contains no instrumentals. This is a big plus in my book as the
listener can choose the style/type of music to suit their mood.

Overall: a very good album with a bonus disk that thankfully isn't
"more of the same" but has some very good songs on it. Seven out of
ten.


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