Gold Afternoon Fix by The Church

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Gold Afternoon Fix by The Church
Gold Afternoon Fix by The Church

Album Released: 1990

Gold Afternoon Fix ::: Artwork

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3.Terra Nova Cain5:10
5.Monday Morning2:46
6.Russian Autumn Heart4:06
8.You're Still Beautiful3:07
12.Fading Away3:40


Apparently the band members aren't too fond of this one either - they wanted to record the followup to their commercial breakthrough their own way, but the fat cats at Arista stuck them with producer Wachtel again, to pump out a sound-a-like sequel.

So The Church repeat the same formula, and it all sounds good, but the songwriting and performances are considerably less inspired. Nevertheless, this is a reasonably enjoyable album, and it does contain at least two Church classics: the single "Metropolis", and Willson-Piper's yelping, Dave Davies fronts-the-Byrds "Russian Autumn Heart".

"Grind," on the other hand, is just that, and too many of these songs are throwaways. Nevertheless, commercially it paid off for the band's second American success.

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by Reviewer: Creative Noise

It's taken two years, but I've finally hacked my way to the end of this album. And -from the now-blissful clearing of silence - I can at last look back on it and confirm that the second half is indeed as boring as the first. Before today, I had my hunches but was afraid to find out.

On Gold Afternoon Fix, 'college rock' band The Church pump out ten droning midtempo rock songs, plus three upbeat numbers that sound like punk rock in comparison (though they're not). Marty Wilson-Piper and Peter Koppes play some memorably lush licks on the guitar, but that doesn't compensate for the plodding beats, non-existent melodies, and Steve Kilbey's dull breathy vocals.

The album's more boring than bad, but I honestly don't get the point of its existence - it's slow, unmemorable, more 'cool' than emotional, and lacking a single song that would make me come back.

The band may have released better albums, but if as a result of this review you at least stay away from this one, I can be confident I didn't slog through it in vain.

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by Reviewer: Cosmic Ben

Still aiming for the stadium, but perhaps less excited to be in a stadium, Gold Afternoon Fix is basically like a more sprawling Starfish, with that album's big production sound, but without the melodies and diversity to match. So, as such things go, this album feels a bit redundant.

Kilbey really starts to go off the deep end with his lyrics here. He's on about some damn thing or another, and he never changes his vocals at all, so many of the songs start to sound the same after a while. Couple that with the fact that all his songs are at the exact same damn tempo, and the result is an hour-long album that feels like a three hour album.

"Terra Nova Cain", "You're Still Beautiful" - and especially "Grind", despite its commendable piano breaks that threaten to make things interesting - all feel very bland. So, when someone else steps in on lead vocals, like Willson-Piper does on the plain cool "Russian Autumn Heart" (the first and only time a Piper song was an A-side I believe), or as Koppes does on the Johnny Marr-ish "Transient", the full potential of the album is achieved.

I know, I know, this is starting to look like a 'I hate Steve Kilbey' review. Honestly, he does bang out some good ones - "Metropolis", "Essence", and "Laughing" are all decent - but mostly, his writing feels adequate, but not very enthusiastic.

All in all, this album's still a decent follow-up to Starfish. I hate it, but it's still good.

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by Reviewer: Austin (blogging at Austin's Page)