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Untitled #23 review from Brisbane Street Press Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 January 2009
Everyone seems to like this album, which is a nice change!

Brisbane Street Press - Untitled #23
(Unorthodox/MGM)

"The dreamy, drifty pop world that is The Church is so instantly recognisable that another new album isn’t so much anything new – simply more inspiring beauty for you to submerse yourself into and to add to the canon of tunes that has made up the band’s 20-plus year career.
 Drawing almost entirely on their strengths as songwriters and musicians, the 10 songs here are unreservedly low-key. Tracks such as ‘Pangaea’, ‘Happenstance’ and ‘Sunken Sun’ all roll in like the tide, filled with formless guitar lines and solos that break onto the shore and recede back within the songs. The album is scattered with small bristling crescendos such as ‘Space Saviour’, but even these songs are simply the brief high tides while the music continues to lap, swirl and follow familiar patterns.


The one essential ingredient that is vital for a great Church album is romanticism and in that respect Kilbey and Willson-Piper have excelled here. Take ‘On Angel Street’ and ‘Anchorage’, possibly the album’s highlights – in no way clear in their narrative or their intentions, but potent in their twilight moods, their sublime instrumentation, their phrasing and their unwillingness to give up secrets you long to hear – it is these songs alone that make Untitled #23 every bit worth diving into.


And with many songs unfurling out beyond five and six minutes, it’s wonderful to hear The Church, unconcerned with pop nuggets, willing to allow the music to breathe and yield these refined and memorable pearls of seductive melody" -
 Richard Alverez

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