Heyday by The Church

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Heyday by The Church
Heyday by The Church

Album Released: 1986

Heyday ::: Artwork

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3.Already Yesterday4:15
5.Happy Hunting Ground5:30
8.Night Of Light4:46
9.Youth Worshiper3:45


The Church cranked out several LPs that I don't have before this one, so I might have a bit of a hard time putting this in the context of the band's entire career. However, I'm not going to let that worry me, considering The Church are incredibly consistent both in terms of sound and quality.

In the years since their debut they'd found their own distinctive sound, and on Heyday Willson-Piper & Koppes delightfully weave in and out of their snakily Byrdsy chord changes. This shores up Kilbey's rich voice and highly melodic songwriting, but unfortunately he came up a bit short this time out, making this LP a tad spotty.

Sure, about half of the album is excellent - particularly "Disenchanted" - the only pop song I've ever loved that mentions Fred Astaire. However, smack in the middle is the meandering New Age-y instrumental "Happy Hunting Ground", which really disrupts the flow of the album.

"Tantalized," kicks off with flashy early U2 guitars, but never gets off the ground, and a few other tracks - like "Youth Worshipper" - don't do much for me either.

Still, the rest is pretty solid, and it's much pop/rock-ily catchier than any album with such a Paisley-fied cover and titles like "Myrrh" and "Tristesse" has any right to be.

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by Reviewer: Creative Noise

It's wonderful to hear The Church bang out a masterfully-layered song like album opener "Myrrh" with such a cool and calm delivery. Right away though, the album's tone is noticeably more minor than before, and decidedly gloomy.

For the most part, the previous experiments in more atmospheric sounds are somewhat abandoned here in favor of the band's previous strictly-layered guitar sound.

The instrumental "Happy Hunting Ground" sounds like a leftover from the Violet Town EP, and is the only thing here that really continues in that direction. Othwerwise, it's mostly back to the sound of jangling, ringing, orchestrated guitars.

Heyday would be more of a letdown if the songs weren't as good as they are, but - considering its predecessors - it feels a little regressive.

by Reviewer: Austin