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Beside Yourself review from Beat magazine Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2004

From www.beat.com.au

THE CHURCH - Beside Yourself
Cooking Vinyl

It gets thrown around a lot, but I?m saying it anyway ? The Church are one of Australia?s most important bands. Their consistent 25-year recording history is a rare gift in modern rock music, as is their defiance of trends. Vocalist Steve Kilbey and co. take the simple approach of trusting their instincts and going from there, which has resulted recently in some of their best work.

Their latest release, Beside Yourself, is a collection of material recorded during the sessions for 2003?s excellent Forget Yourself, as well as three new tracks. The first of these, Jazz, opens the set with The Church?s trademark wall of guitar effects. This segues nicely into Hitspacebar, amidst engaging cymbals and keyboards. Strings are used brilliantly in Crash/ride, while brand new track Tel Aviv reminds the listener of how The Church can still write a catchy, almost pop song. However, the highlight for me is without a doubt Nervous Breakthrough. Here, Kilbey delivers his lyrics with the coldest chill ever. Definitely an instant Church classic. The album ends with the 15-minute Serpent Easy, which is spontaneous and well-arranged all at once.

Beside Yourself is yet another example of The Church?s intelligent approach to neo-psychedelic rock. It?s typically lush sound and production values won?t disappoint fans, and as usual, this fan can?t wait for the next one.

CAMERON SUNDBLOM

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