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The Church's entry in the New Trouser Press guide 1985 edition Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 January 1985

The New Trouser Press Record Record Guide
Ira R. Robbins

Of all the comparisons this Australian foursome's music may conjure up, the most helpful is perhaps that the Church is the Beatles (musically) and early Bowie (lyrically and vocally) what Dire Straits is to Bob Dylan, circa 1966. Such a simplification is less unfair tha you'd think; Marty Willson-Piper explores the guitar territory first mapped out by George Harrison and John Lennon but in greater details and with a more practiced hand, while Steve Kilbey chnts/talks/sings articulate lyrics with a world-weary melancholy, like early Bowie, but dier and more forceful.

The Church, cosisting of most of the first Australian LP plus the best of a subsequent double-45 release, has much to offer in its gorgeous guitar soundscapes and evocative verbal imagery, bu The Blurred Crusade displays dangerous  tendencies toward confessional long-windedness amid melodies stretch too thin. Seance never found its way to America, but the band finally got a proper shot in this country with Remote Luxury, an attractive, often Byrdslike album of shimmer folk-rock hampered a bit by Kilbey's overly oblique lyrics. The Church is capable of great beauty, but their appeal is sometimes obscured by their pretensions. [jg/iar]


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