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Reviews of Ripple and Remindlessness Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 March 2005

The Church / Ripple (Single) / Mushroom Records

and

Steve Kilbey / Remindlessness / Red Eye Records

Much more worthwhile are these two disks, previously released but rare, from
The Church and its front man respectively. The first is the single version
of "Ripple" that B9X was kind enough to play when it first came out in 1992.
But the reason to find and then buy this import is the two b-sides included
from the time of Priest=Aura. Like many of The Church's b-sides, these two
tracks are better than some of those that were included on that album.
"Nightmare" is a hedonistic trip through dreams (and reality?). After a
Who-esque "We Don't Get Fooled Again" - type synthesizer riff, Steve Kilbey
continues with, "I wanna consume / I wanna smoke up a forest / Shoot up a
river / Run up the bill / I want women and men," and goes on from there.
Next "Fog" finds The Church in their natural moody and melodious groove with
biting verses and a melancholic chorus. "I don't like driving in this fog /
I don't like strugglin' in this web." This is a definite buy for Church
fans, though hard to find.

The cheesy airbrushed cover portrait aside, the same goes for Kilbey's
fourth, perhaps best, solo album, Remindlessness, 1990. The ever prolific
leader of The Church stretches this import over 73 minutes. He begins with
"The Neverness Hoax" which is a sort of sci-fi tune. We've seen this before
with The Church's "Terra Nova Cain" a regrettable and punny song on Gold
Afternoon Fix. But here, between thick tones of music and lyrics that
suggest a Big Brother world, the song is a success, as is the album on a
whole. Though a few tracks are interesting at best, the majority more than
compel repeat listening. The sixth song in particular, "Liquid", is seven
and a half minutes of an instrumental and narrative trip that changes pace
several times, from an almost plaintive Kilbey, to a dance groove, to a
merger of both with doomed lyrics about the ever-present "she". The disk
continues with the lulling "Goliath" and the euphoric instrumental,
"Gloriana". Other nuggets abound, but the strength of the album as a whole
comes together on the last three tracks. "Soul Sample", "Celebration of the
Birthday of the Elephant God", and "Remindlessness". The first of these
three has a typical Kilbey catchy chorus, the second, at nine and a half
minutes, is another trip through time and tone changes which starts off dark
and slow, gets tribal and then cuts to pure melody for the chorus, while the
last is a pleasant instrumental which acts as a sort of satisfying
aftertaste to the previous song, as well as the entire disk.

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Transcribed by Matt

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