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Heyday Review from unknown Australia magazine Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 January 1986

Ed St John is not impressed by Heyday. From an unknown Australian magazine

IF THE CHURCH'S RECORDING history has been marked by a series of false starts, almost-hits and frustrating delays, then Heyday does little to change that course. Mooted for some time as the Church album we've all been waiting for, Heyday is in point of fact no more and no less than another strong Church LP. Despite the superior production by Englishman Peter Walsh, it is no five-hit-singles effort. Indeed, with the first single "Almost yesterday" already a stiff, and with few other tracks screaming out for heavy airplay, it's hard to imagine what all the fuss is about.

The Church has always  had a knack for making strong, listenable albums faulted only by Steve Kilbey's monotonous drone and apparent inability to produce stand-out tracks. Their occasional moments of brilliance - songs like "Almost with You" or "constant in Opal"  have unfortunately been balanced by way too many jangly, reptitive, hippy-dippy tunes that go nowhere fast. I suppose it goes without saying that many are also cloyingly pretentious.

Heyday is quite categorically not a bad album. While the heavy deployment of string and horns seems a little hamfisted (try Youth Worshipper for an example) there are nonetheless several strong songs almost all of which can be found on side one. As You Will, Myrrh and Tristesse all have their moment, as does Marty Willson-Piper's closing contribution to side two (The View). Great albums, needless to say, have more than just good moments. Even with Heyday under its belt, the Church still to prove that is is a great band.

Ed St. John

Transcribed by Brian Smith

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