is the big budget home run epic that Seance
Man, The Church really know how to start a record - "Destination" is a good manifesto and a spectacular opening for this album. It builds and builds until it finally explodes into a sweeping monster.
Maybe it's the bigger budget, maybe it's the vintage late-80's stadium rock production (which, surprisingly, doesn't hinder the record at all), maybe it's the stepped-up roles of Willson-Piper and Koppes. Because really, the only thing most Church fans will recognize on this album is Kilbey's low breathy baritone.
Otherwise, these songs build up, break down, morph, and ultimately end up somewhere entirely different from where they began. With manic songs like Pipers' and Koppes' respective contributions "Spark" and "A New Season", along with Kilbey's "Reptile", Starfish
sounds like The Church's impenetrable prog album. But the melodies here are consistently the band's strongest and catchiest set ever, as evidenced by Kilbey's gorgeous ballad "Under the Milky Way", which was a worldwide hit in late 1988.
The band would never again sound as potent and convincing as they do here - every song has a killer melody with a lush, layered, well-thought-out production to match.
is one of those rare hit albums that truly deserved the attention it received, it's a highwater mark for the band, one which unfortunately they'd never attain again.Rated:
by Reviewer: Austin