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Entertainment Weekly reviews Priest=Aura Print E-mail
Friday, 20 March 1992

 

From Entertainment Weekly, March 20, 1992


THE CHURCH
Priest=Aura (Arista)

Fittingly enough, the lush music of the Australian band the Church would sound
great booming around in the airy upper reaches of a large cathedral.
Unfortunately, the logic behind the band's weightier lyrics doesn't bear close
inspection. For instance, the opening cut of Priest=Aura, the Church's eighth
record, evokes a postnuclear landscape in which humankind discovers that "love
equals hate and death equals fate/An enemy always equals an adorer/The priest
equals aura." Still, the Church can make some of the most beautiful noise in
rock. There is a clarity and power to singer-lyricist Steven Kilbey's deep
voice that undercuts the poor impression made by his pretentious song
subjects: His evocative use of language, combined with the thick swirl of
coguitarists Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes, creates a satisfying sound
that could easily suspend any listener's initial disbelief.  The Church is a
constant reminder of what magnificent aural sculptures a mere four-piece rock
band can shape out of nothing more than electricity and atmosphere.

Rating: A-

Reviewer: Gina Arnold
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