This album sees Kilbey finally moving out of his fantasy world ... I mean, some of these songs actually make sense!
And Uninvited, Like the Clouds
is shiny and poppy like you wouldn't believe, making it The Church's best album, probably since Priest
. It's as if the band have found a way to synthesize all their different directions and sounds into one super-catchy 12-track hourlong album.
The songs are totally great - from the shoegaziness of "Block" and "Space Needle", to sugary-sweet perfections like "Unified Field" and "Day 5" - Uninvited, Like the Clouds
is definitely the band's most diverse album since Starfish
The middle trilogy of Willson-Piper's "Tomorrow" followed by Kilbey's two big epics "Pure Chance" and "Never Before" is absolute bliss - a block of top consistency not heard since the band's heyday (so to speak), roughly fifteen years earlier. Uninvited
is just a damn fine collection of catchy songs, one that doesn't feel like the band are catering to anyone in particular, which is quite liberating.
Old fans who have gone astray may rediscover what they used to love about The Church on this album, and it will equally appeal to and convert newcomers. This is a really satisfying record, especially coming so late in the band's career.Rated:
by Reviewer: Austin