is more of the same from The Church, but with better melodies.
Actually, this is a really noisy album - not that the band have gone all Sonic Youth, as there's never any sounds that don't sync with everything else - but there's a good amount of distortion and white noise going on. There's more focus on guitar effects here, and the album as a whole is a little longer, but because the tracks are shorter it never feels rambling.
All the songs are well thought-out and performed, and it's cool to hear the band bang out something as lush and layered as "Telepath" this late in their career. So Kilbey / Koppes / Powles / Piper have proved to be the second classic band lineup, able to crank out good to semi-great records every couple of years.
This album also finds the band sounding like they're actually having fun, something that hadn't been the case for quite some time. So it's definitely one of their better releases from this later period, and arguably one of the better entries in the band's catalogue too.Rated:
by Reviewer: Austin