A fine if somewhat scattered unintentional follow-up to Seance
, Remote Luxury
is actually a compilation of the band's Persia
(1983) and Violet Town
(1984) EPs, and released in 1984 for the band's growing American audience.
As a single disc album, it's a pretty good follow-up to Seance
, but appropriately the songs feel less integrated. It does find the band getting a little bit more atmospheric and overall more willing to experiment with their formula.
Not everything goes in the band's favor however, what with "Maybe These Boys" strange somewhat bluesy time signature and intrusive keyboards that aren't exactly a bull's eye, along with the instrumental title track which - despite having a good melody - is ruined by its goofy guitar tone that would sound right at home on the Top Gun
Still, if Remote Luxury
is viewed as a between-album space filler, it sounds a lot better than if it's treated as The Church's next proper album, which it isn't.Rated:
by Reviewer: Austin