On Sometime Anywhere
The Church get more epic and uber-contemporary, but oh dear - having now dwindled to just the duo of Kilbey and Willson-Piper - this would be their last album with a major label budget.
The production gets all super contemporary on "Lost My Touch" and the super annoying techno/rock-ish "Angelica", which just feels like the band is piling on the gloss to make up for the fact that they're no longer The Church as their audience once knew them.
It's like they've gone from musically their best and most interesting album to their most boring and cliched. And I don't get why they make the songs all super-epic and glossy. Did the first six songs need to have an average length of 6+minutes? Not really.
Still, there's not really any bad songs here per se - there's just a whole lot of filler. It all sounds pretty good I guess, it's just not very exciting. And when I find myself sitting through so much blandness, it ends up overshadowing even something pretty dang cool like the Neil Young-ish "The Maven".
Dah well, Koppes would return to the fold soon enough, and the band would get back to making musically great, vocally frustrating albums again.
Some US copies of Sometime Anywhere
were two CDs, the second disc being the contents of an EP titled Somewhere Else
. It's about half as long as the full-length album and roughly twice as good.
It kicks off with "Drought", a creepy number that was an out-take from the 1987 Starfish
sessions, an honest to goodness dance track that works.
It's unclear when the rest of the EP dates from, as the notes are incomplete, but regardless every single song is better than anything on the album, recalling the band's more familiar guitar layer-oriented sound.
The 2CD version of Sometime Anywhere
has become somewhat scarce these days, but well worth searching for, even if it does come with a 70+minute disaster of an album attached.Rated:
by Reviewer: Austin
(blogging at Austin's Page