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Saturday, 22 January 2005

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El Momento Descuidado (Liberation)

The Church seem to become more prolific with age, so it?s no surprise they jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the excellent Liberation Blue Acoustic series.

This disc sees them revisit and redefine nine classic tracks from their extensive back catalogue in a stripped-back mode that suits their music perfectly. Five new tracks are also included.

Anybody with a radio will be aware of tunes like ?The Unguarded Moment?, ?Almost With You?, ?Metropolis? and ?Under The Milky Way?. These songs are among those given a new lease of life in unplugged mode. The Church rely on moody ambience for their impact and this isn?t diminished by the lack of volume and electricity.

The trademark psychedelic guitar lines of Messrs Koppes and Willson-Piper have been replaced in places by mandolin, piano and harmonica but the powerful melodies remain. Similarly, Steve Kilbey?s poetic lyricism loses none of its impact.

Lesser-known tracks like ?Chromium? and ?Tristesse? surprise with their strength and beg a re-inspection of their original versions.

Of the new songs, the instrumental ?November? stands out alongside the catchy melodies of ?0408?, but it?s the poignant reworkings of their classics that provide the real spark.

Steve Bell

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